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2022 Books of the Year

This year’s selections highlight a complex Founding Father, personal and political freedom, a defense of Christianity, a backlash to the sexual revolution, and more


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2022 Books of the Year
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Welcome to WORLD’s 2022 edition of books of the year.

In this issue we’ll take you on a tour of 14 great books, including our selection for 2022 Book of the Year: Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh. WORLD’s Collin Garbarino first reviewed the book in our June 9 issue. For the essay, Collin interviewed the author, historian Thomas Kidd, to learn how he went about creating his fascinating spiritual portrait of a complex American Founder.

After that we look at two memoirs that emphasize freedom and one book that makes the case for Christianity as a global religion and not a Western one. The latter book could become an important backstop for young Christians who are drifting away from the faith because of the pull of woke ideology.

In our final essay, we examine a book trend of the year: Secular feminists reconsidering aspects of the sexual revolution.

Interspersed among these essays are short reviews of other notable new books. Some of the books we cover here are among the best of the year overall, while others are important for different reasons. All of them tell us something interesting about this world we are passing through.

Please read the first section in this 2022 Books of the Year special issue: “Understanding Jefferson.”


Timothy Lamer

Tim is executive editor of WORLD Commentary. He previously worked for the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Va. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

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