The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

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December 12, 2018 | Elliott Abrams,Haviv Rettig Gur,Moshe Koppel,Daniel Polisar,Sarah Rindner,Neil Rogachevsky,Michael Weingrad,Ruth R. Wisse,David Wolpe
About the author: Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the incoming chairman of the Tikvah Fund. Haviv Rettig Gur is the senior analyst for the Times of Israel. Moshe Koppel is a member of the department of computer science at Bar-Ilan University and chairman of the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. His book, Judaism Straight Up: Why Real Religion Endures, has just been released by Maggid Books. Daniel Polisar is the executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem. Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books. Neil Rogachevsky teaches at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books.  Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, will be published in September. David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why Be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.
To mark the close of 2018, we asked a handful of our writers to name the best two or three books they read this year, and briefly to explain their choices. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order. (Unless otherwise noted, all books were published in 2018.)

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