My Totally Biased Required Reading List for Lovers of Liberty

The Federalist Papers: The best description of the principles of liberty and how to apply them.

The Road to Serfdom: Explanation of how big government leads to tyranny.

The Path to Tyranny: Show how big government has historically led to tyranny.

Atlas Shrugged: Shows what the consequences of government intervention on the American economy.

Please suggest other “Required” books in the comments.

9 responses to “My Totally Biased Required Reading List for Lovers of Liberty

  1. Here are some suggestions – bear in mind that whole categories of reading are omitted in the interest of brevity…

    A Patriot’s History of the United States: A one-volume version that narrates our story through the lens of the historical record, rather than as re-interpreted into a politically correct but ultimately misleading fable by Progressive historians.

    Rules for Radicals: Saul Alinsky’s primer for the would-be progressive change agent is indispensable to the modern conservative activist for three reasons; (i) it is good to know your enemy, and this volume is THE handbook for the left-wing; (ii) the advice is equally applicable to the conservative radical as it is to the Marxist; and (iii), Alinsky would spin in his grace if he knew that we had co-opted his life’s work in service of everything he despised (this last one is a good enough reason on its own to read his book, but if possible please buy it used to avoid inadvertently helping to fund the opposition!)

    The Blueprint – Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency: Long title, but a well-written volume that synthesizes what we know and what we can rational surmise from his behavior about what this administration will do to us – if we let them.

    The Battle – How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future: This great, small book provides the sharpest insight I have read into the fundamental importance of free enterprise in America, how free enterprise is under a sustained attack, and how big government is driving us down the road to catastrophic ruin.

    Nullification – How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century: Another enthralling read that traces the separate roots of Federal and State authority, building an argument that the States have not just a right but an obligation to resist Federal intrusion outside the scope of the Constitution into the everyday lives of their citizens.

    • Some good suggestions. I don’t want anti-liberty books on my list. They could be useful in defending against the left, but that’s not really the purpose of my list.

      Haven’t read Nullification. Looks interesting. I wrote briefly about the nullification issue in my book. But my book was written before Health Care Reform and Arizona’s SB1070, so nullification has become a much bigger issue since then.

      I could also add Wealth of Nations to the list and any of Mises’s books.

      But I want to keep the list short. Most people won’t read a single book, not talking about 10. Give them four books and they’ll likely read them. Give then ten and they won’t even bother. As you can see I therefore tried to include one book in each category.

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  3. Give me 10. I’ll read them. I’m hardly ever reading less than 3 books at a time. I’ve planned on reading The Battle soon. Currently reading Liberal Fascism…almost done. Picked up ‘The politics of Happiness’and will get started on that one.

    I’d love to read The Real George Washington. I actually picked it up for my dad’s birthday and figured i’d get to read it after he does.


    thanks for the suggestions

  4. Two of my most recent favorite books are Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America’s Slide into Socialism by Jim Demint and Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin.

    • I read Liberty and Tyranny. It’s a good introductory book, but too basic for me. Definitely a good recommendation for a newbie though.

      Haven’t read Saving Freedom. May be worth checking out. But now I’ve got a stack of 12 books I am working through as I do research for my next book. Not really much time then for “casual” reading/

  5. I recommend the following: “The 5000 Year Leap” “George Washington’s Sacred Fire” “The Patriot’s History of the US” all are very good books. I have also read “Son of Hamas” another very good book!

    • I have “The 5000 Year Leap” in my stack of books to read right now. There are currently 12 books in my pile to read. That’s about 5000 pages. So much to read, too little time.

      Thanks for the recommendations.

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