Miami and the Siege of Chicago

As the presidential election fast approaches, there's no more appropriate book to revisit than Norman Mailer's evocation of the chaotic nomination processes of both parties in 1968. Personal, unflinching, and illuminating in its consideration of American political culture, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how today's bitterly divided country arose.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…