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Table of Contents

Introductory Politics
Classics of Political Thought before the 20th Century
20th-Century Classics of Political Thought
Economics, Economic History & Economic Policy
History of Economic Thought
Why Marxism & Socialism Are Wrong
What's Wrong with Socialist Economics
Foreign Trade
Foreign Policy & National Defense
America and American History
Perspectives on the World and People
Social Policy
Drug Policy
Health Care
Land Use & The Human Environment
Law and Legal History
Right to Bear Arms
Contemporary Fiction
Science Fiction
Children's Literature

Introductory Politics

The Law, by Frederic Bastiat,
Libertarianism in One Lesson, by David Bergland
The People's Pottage, by Garet Garrett
The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek
The Discovery of Freedom, by Rose Wilder Lane
A Mencken Chrestomathy, by H. L. Mencken
A Parliament of Whores, by P. J. O'Rourke
God of the Machine, by Isabel B. Paterson
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, edited by Ayn Rand
Anything That's Peaceful, by Leonard Read
For a New Liberty, by Murray Rothbard

Classics of Political Thought before the 20th Century

The Right & Wrong of Compulsion by the State, by Auberon Herbert
The Limits of State Action, by Wilhelm von Humboldt
Two Treatises of Government, by John Locke
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill,
Areopagitica, by John Milton
The Rights of Man, by Tom Paine
Social Statics, by Herbert Spencer
Man vs. the State, by Herbert Spencer
Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

20th-Century Classics of Political Thought

Official Lies: how Washington Misleads Us, by James T. Bennett & Thomas J. DiLorenzo. How government bureaucracy manipulates the public and wastes their money.
Four Essays on Liberty, by Isaiah Berlin
The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman, by David Boaz. Selections from dozens of great thinkers.
Libertarianism: A Primer, by David Boaz. An attractively-written introduction to freedom.
Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen, by James Bovard. The threat to our liberties by ever encroaching government bureaucracy.
Lost Rights:The Destruction of American Liberty, by James Bovard.
Why Government Doesn't Work: How Reducing Government Will Bring Us Safer Cities, Better Schools, Lower Taxes, More Freedom, and Prosperity for All, by Harry Browne, 1996 Libertarian Party presidential candidate..
The Calculus of Consent, by James M. Buchanan & Gordon Tullock
Telling the Truth:Why Our Culture and Our Country Have Stopped Making Sense- and What We Can Do About It, by Lynne V.Cheney.  A treatise about the struggle to maintain intellectual freedom in an ever more politically correct society.
The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. (Clinton Rossiter, ed.)
Liberalism, by Ludwig von Mises
What it Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation, by Charles Murray. Demonstrates how life in a free society will be better for many non-economic reasons.
Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock
The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, by Michael Novak
Anarchy, State, & Utopia, by Robert Nozick
The Open Society & Its Enemies, by Karl R. Popper
The Ethics of Liberty, by Murray N. Rothbard
The Disuniting of America/Reflections on a Multicultural Society, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. The great liberal historian explains why our common identity as Americans is more important than our diverse ethnic backgrounds.
The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom, by Arthur M. Schlesinger. Contrast Schlesinger's late 1940s call for a vigorous anti-Stalin policy with President Clinton's use of "The Vital Center" to describe his anti-liberty, poll-driven policies.
Cato's Letters: Essays on Liberty, by John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon. These newspaper essays, published in Britain from 1720 to 1723, argued forcefully against despotism, and in favor of liberty. They were the single most important source of political philosophy in colonial America.

History of Ideas

The Ominous Parallels, by Leonard Peikoff. An objectivist looks at the parallels between pre-Hitler Germany, and modern America. Excellent exposition of the perils of philosophical systems that subordinate the individual to the collective.
Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom. Argues that modern intellectual life has forgotten that some ideas are better than others.
From Magna Carta to Constitution: Documents in the Struggle for Liberty, edited by David Brooks.
The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James. The great American philosopher's investigation of comparative religion.

Economics, Economic History & Economic Policy

Antitrust Policy: The Case for Repeal, by D. T. Armentano
Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, by David Friedman
The Machinery of Freedom:  A Guide to a Radical Capitalism, by David Friedman
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, by Milton and Rose Friedman. A classic exposition of free market and personal freedom.
The Myth of the Robber Barons, by Burton W. Fulsom, Jr.
Capitalism & the Historians, edited by F. A. Hayek
Economics in One Lesson, by Harry Hazlitt.  A classic introduction to economic thinking.   Assumes no prior knowledge.  If you want to understand economics and plan to read only one book on the subject, this should be it
The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics, edited by David R. Henderson. Covers almost all public policy issues in concise, understandable form.  The place to start if you want to know how professional economists, rather than journalists or politicians, approach a particular economic issue.
The Triumph of Conservatism, by Gabriel Kolko
The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life, by Steven E. Landsburg
Fair Play : What Your Child Can Teach You About Economics, Values, and the Meaning of Life, by Steven E. Landsburg
Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises
Planning for Freedom, by Ludwig von Mises
Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics, by P.J. O'Rourke. The funniest economics book ever written.
Economics of Liberty, edited by Llewellyn Rockwell
Man, Economy & State, by Murray Rothbard
What Has Government Done to Our Money?, by Murray Rothbard
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

Economics, Personal Finance, and Taxes

For Good and Evil:The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization, by Charles Adams.   Not recommended around April 15, as Adams details how oppressive taxation shatters civilization with depressing regularity.  Last chapter contains suggestions for taming the tax monster.
The Future of Money in the Information Age, edited by James Dorn. How electronic commerce can liberate us from the government monopoly on money.
Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman.  Why economic freedom is a necessary condition for political freedom.
What Everybody Should Know about Economics and Prosperity, by James D. Gwartney and Richard L. Stroup.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton G. Malkiel. A classic on investment theory. Argues that investors cannot use past price information to predict future prices. An accessible presentation of the "efficient markets" hypothesis.
Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax, by Sheldon Richman
Stocks for the Long Run:  A Guide to Selecting Markets for Long-Term Growth, by Jeremy J. Siegel.  One of the most balanced and complete books ever written about equity investing.
Yes, You Can...Achieve Financial Independence, by James E. Stowers.  The Founder and President of the Twentieth Century Mutual Funds explains money, interest, financial planning, and investing in a clear, concise fashion.  Excellent for keeping one's perspective.
The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, by Andrew Tobias.  A decades old primer that still provides one of the best introductions to personal finance around.   Keep it handy for resisting temptation when your broker tries to sell you the latest hot investment vehicle.

History of Economic Thought

New Ideas from Dead Economists, by Todd G. Buchholz

Why Marxism & Socialism Are Wrong

Theory and History, by Ludwig von Mises
The Poverty of Historicism, by Karl R. Popper
Marxism, by Thomas Sowell
The Marxian Revolutionary Idea, by Robert C. Tucker

What's Wrong with Socialist Economics

Karl Marx and the Close of His System, by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk
Economic Calculation in the Socialist Society, by Trygve Hoff
Socialism, by Ludwig von Mises
Marx's Theory of Exchange, Alienation & Crisis, by Paul Craig Roberts & Matthew A. Stephenson

Foreign Trade

Protectionism, by Jagdish Bhagwati
The Fair Trade Fraud, by James Bovard
Protection or Free Trade, by Henry George
The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration, edited by Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard Ebeling
Free Trade: The Necessary Foundation for World Peace, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor

Foreign Policy & National Defense

Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, by Steven E. Ambrose
The Puzzle Palace, by James Bamford
America Entangled: The Persian Gulf Crisis & Its Consequences, edited by Ted Galen Carpenter.  Excellent collection of essays from a seminar that was held just prior to the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991.
Presidents' Secret Wars, by John Prados
The Failure of America's Foreign Wars, edited by Richard M. Ebeling and Jacob G. Hornberger

America and American History

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, by Stephen Ambrose. Brilliantly interweaves the smallest details into the big strategic picture. Reminds of how easily the battle could have been lost, and how much free people everywhere owe to the great heroes of the longest day.
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, by Bernard Bailyn
Liberty! : The American Revolution, by Thomas Fleming
The Roosevelt Myth, by John T. Flynn. First published in 1948, and now reprinted in a 50th anniversary edition. A useful, but disturbing, corrective to the mass of books which have glossed over Franklin Delano Roosevelt's failures and flaws. President Clinton is apparently right that he and FDR have more in common than is commonly recognized.
Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, by Paul Fussell
Crisis & Leviathan, by Robert Higgs
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, by Jeffrey Hummel
A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson
The Whiskey Rebellion:  Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution, by Thomas B. Slaughter
Ethnic America, by Thomas Sowell. A solidly researched book by a noted scholar, its conclusions about what undergirds immigrant progress have been willfully ignored by many in the policy establishment.
Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America, by Thomas G. West.  West debunks the now popular notion that since the founding fathers of the U.S. owned slaves they were evil people and not worthy of respect.  He carefully places the founding fathers in their historical context and examines their ideas and actions in that light.  This book provides some much needed balance in an era where politically correct, and shallow, revisionist histories are all the rage.

Perspectives on the World and People

Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, by Paul Johnson. An excellent history of the twentieth century.
Privatization Now or Else: The Impending Failure of Democracy and Freedom in Central Europe, by Thomas Gale Moore
South Africa's War Against Capitalism, by Walter Williams
A Dance with Deception: Revealing the Truth Behind the Headlines, by Charles Colson with Nancy R. Pearcey.
History of the Pelopennesian War, by Thucydides. The first book of military history. The decades-long war between Athens and Sparta.
Being Present: Growing up in Hitler's Germany, by Willy Schumann. Memories of a boy's youth in the Third Reich. Shows how totalitarianism grows step by step, taking care not to push the culture too far too fast. Also shows the intense attention paid to youth education and character formation.
The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. An expose of Leninism and Soviet Communism for what it really was, written by an inmate of the prison camps.
Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990, by George F. Will.

Social Policy

Defending the Undefendable, by Walter Block
Affirmative Action Fraud, by Clint Bolick
Unfinished Business: A Civil Rights Strategy for America's Third Century, by Clint Bolick
Changing Course: Civil Rights at the Crossroads, by Clint Bolick
Transformation : The Promise and Politics of Empowerment, by Clint Bolick
Grassroots Tyranny : The Limits of Federalism, by Clint Bolick
Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws, by Richard Epstein
The Conquest of Poverty, by Henry Hazlitt
Feminism & Freedom, by Michael Levin
Freedom, Feminism & the State, edited by Wendy McElroy
Losing Ground, by Charles Murray. How welfare programs have failed, and, more importantly, why they will always do so.
In Pursuit of Happiness & Good Government, by Charles Murray
Equity & Gender: The Comparable Worth Debate, by Ellen Frankel Paul
The Ultimate Resource 2, by Julian L. Simon
The Economic Consequences of Immigration, by  Julian L. Simon
Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?, by Thomas Sowell
The Economics and Politics of Race, by Thomas Sowell
The Tragedy of American Compassion, by Marvin Olasky. How government programs crowd out more effective, more compassionate private welfare programs.
The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in the Civil Society, by Michael Tanner. The Cato Institute's welfare expert shows how to abolish the failed welfare system.
Out of Work, by Richard Vedder & Lowell Gallaway.  Classical economists look at jobs, the labor market, and government interference.
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. By Lt.Col. Dave Grossman. How modern media desensitive people to killing.
Stolen Valor:   How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History by B.J. Burkett and Glenna Whitley.  Most Vietnam vets are well-adjusted, contributing members of society.  Skewers the myths about those who fought.  Unmasks the liars and fakes.  Shows where we can save some taxpayer money, too.
Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society, by Peter McWilliams & Jean Sedillos. Why America should not have 750,000 people in prisons and jails for consensual "crimes."
The Content of Our Character, by Shelby Steele. A thoughtful look at affirmative action and quotas.
Who Stole Feminism, by Christina Hoff Summers. How feminism's original focus on civil equality was replaced by p.c.-mania.  A must read if you believe the American Association of University Women's study that schools give girls short shrift.
Ceasefire! : Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality, by Cathy Young
Liberal Racism by Jim Sleeper.  How liberals went from champions of individual responsibility to promoters of the notion that racial differences shape one's identities and opinions.
Parliament of Whores by P. J. O'Rourke.  Not for everyone, but for those who share his sense of humor one of the funniest books ever written about how government works, or fails to.  Some terrific description.
For Your Own Good:  The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health by Jacob Sullum.  A history of the anti-smoking movement showing that the hysteria about smoking has nothing to do with science or health and everything to do with a new method of social control.
Spoiled Rotten: Affluence, Anxiety, and Social Decay in America, by Brian Goff & Arthur A. Fleisher III .Two economists analyse the negative impact of wealth on American society.
The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress, by Virginia Postrel


Drug Policy

Dealing with Drugs, edited by Ronald Hamowy
The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War: Criminal Justice in the Commons by David W. Rasmussen and Bruce Benson. How changes in the forfeiture laws created the current drug war, and how the drug war reduces police enforcement of laws against property crime.
Searching for Alternatives: Drug-Control Policy in the United States, edited by Melvin B. Krauss & Edward P. Lazear
Ceremonial Chemistry, by Thomas S. Szasz,
Beyond the War on Drugs, by Steven Wisotsky
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence, by Lynn Zimmer


Politics, Markets & American Schools, by John E. Chubb & Terry M. Moe
Dumbing Us Down : The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto
Beyond Public Education, by Myron Lieberman
Homeschooling for Excellence:How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education-and Why You Absolutely Must, by David and micki Colfax. A resource book on Homeschooling.
The Exhausted School: The First National Grassroots Speakout on the Right to School Choice, edited by John Taylor Gatto.  Literature on reforming public schools.
The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses, by Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate.  A meticulous record of the social engineering, indoctrination, censorship, and double standards that University administrators now inflict on American undergraduates and what can be done about it.
The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori. An educational method based on treating all persons with respect, individualized learning, and individual responsibility.
Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families, by Sheldon Richman. How government schools have historically designed to make people submissive to the state, and why a free society should have educational freedom.
Inside American Education, by Thomas Sowell.  How higher education really works.   Read this before you start applying to college.
Dumbing Down Our Kids, by Charles J. Sykes.  A cogent, compelling look at what is wrong with American schools today.  Discusses why schools fail students and what can be done about it.  A must read if anyone you care about is enrolled in outcome-based "education."
Profscam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education, by Charles J. Sykes.  Mr. Sykes excoriates the professoriate.  While some professors still deserve respect for their devotion to scholarship and the seriousness with which they approach their professional responsibility to pass their knowledge to succeeding generations, many do not.  Read why not in this informative polemic.
The Schools We Need, by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.  A history of the development of current thinking about education, why it impedes learning, and what can be done to restore American schools.  A must read for anyone entering the education debate.
The Core Knowledge Series, edited by E.D. Hirsch.  The Core Knowledge Foundation's suggested school curriculum for grades K through 6.  A good reference for tracking what your child's school is doing.  Titles in the series are:
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
What Your First Grader Needs to Know
What Your Second Grader Needs to Know
What Your Third Grader Needs to Know
What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know
What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know
What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know

Health Care

Twenty Myths About National Health Insurance, by John C. Goodman
Canadian Medicine: A Study in Restricted Entry, by Ronald Hamowy
Sam Pelzman, Regulation of Pharmaceutical Innovation
For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health, by Jacob Sullum. The best expose of the junk science and petty tyranny which dominate the smoking prohibition movement.
Patient Power, by John Goodman and Gordon Musgrave. Health care reform based on consumer choice.
Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care?, by Richard Epstein. If the government gives it to everyone for free, quality will be destroyed.
Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care and What We Can Do About It, by Joseph L. Bast, Richard C. Rue, and Stuart A. Wesbury, Jr.  An excellent introduction to health care policy.  If you want a solid introduction to the subject and have time for only one book, read this.
The Dangers of Socialized Medicine, edited by Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling

The Environment & Land Use

Economics & the Environment: A Reconciliation, edited by Walter Block
Apocalypse Not : Science, Economics, and Environmentalism, by Ben Bolch, Harold Lyons. Contrary to what you read in the newspapers, the sky actually is not falling.
Science Under Siege, by Michael Fumento. A wide-ranging critique of junk science and various hysterias.
Enviro-Capitalists: Doing Good while Doing Well, edited by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal.
Haunted Housing: How Toxic Scare Stories are Spooking the Public Out of House and Home, by Cassandra Chrones Moore. Your house probably isn't as dangerous as the EPA would have you believe.
Water Markets: Priming the Invisible Pump, by Terry Anderson
Hoodwinking the Nation, by Julian L. Simon

Law and Legal History

The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, by Akil Reed Amar. The most important book ever written about the Bill of Rights.
The Enterprise of Law: Justice without the State, by Bruce Benson. How law has existed historically, and can exist in the future, without the state.
Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine, by Clay S. Conrad. How our jury system is under political and social attack. And how jurors can--and should--exercise their rights to jury independence.
High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, by Ann Coulter. A carefully documented best selling volume on the Presidential scandals.
Freedom, Technology, & the First Amendment, by Jonathan Emord
Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty With the Common Good, by Richard A. Epstein
Simple Rules for a Complex World, by Richard A. Epstein
Takings: Private Property & the Power of Eminent Domain, by Richard A. Epstein
Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics, by James. B. Jacobs and Kimberly Potter.   The book addresses whether or not this class of laws help or exacerbate racial tensions in our society.
Are Preditory Commitments Credible?, by John Lott, Jr. This study finds that rather than firms using predatory pricing to drive rivals out of business,  government enterprise is far more of a threat.


The U.S. Bishops & their Critics, by Walter Block
Religion, Economics, & Social Thought, edited by Walter Block & Irving Hexham
Morality of the Market: Religious & Economic Perspectives, edited by Walter Block, Geoffrey Brennan, & Kenneth Elzinga
The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment, by Leonard W. Levy
Free Persons & the Common Good, by Michael Novak

Right to Bear Arms

Gun Control and the Constitution, edited by Robert Cottrol (Garland Press). Law professor Cottrol has collected the most important state and federal cases dealing with gun control, as well as the leading law review articles on the topic. There’s an expensive three-volume collection (link to first volume), as well as an affordable one-volume paperback of the best of the best. Cottrol has scrupulously balanced the pro- and anti-rights articles, but in a fair fight, the anti-rights articles look very weak.
The Tyranny of Gun Control, edited by Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling
For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by Clayton E. Cramer. The best legal history of the right to arms, in both federal and state courts.
Firearms Law Deskbook by Stephen P. Halbrook. A guide to current gun control statutes and case law, written for lawyers ($145), but usable by everyone.
That Every Man May be Armed by Stephen P. Halbrook. Shorter than the Cramer book, above, but still a good survey of the right to arms, from origins in classical philosophy, up to modern times.
A Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P. Halbrook. Examines the development of the right to arms in the thirteen original states plus Vermont.
Origins and Development of the Second Amendment: A Sourcebook, by David T. Hardy. A compact (95 pages) presentation of the 75 most important documents about the right to keep and bear arms. Each is a few paragraphs long, accompanied by commentary from Hardy. From ancient Saxon law all the way to American Supreme Court cases, this book provides an outstanding survey of original sources.
Targeting Guns: Firearms and their Control, by Gary Kleck. This book is a paperback, updated edition of Kleck’s award-winning book Point-Blank. Everything that can be quantified about guns in America is in here: How many guns there are, how often guns are used for crime and use defensively, the impact of gun control laws on gun crime, public opinion: about guns, and much much more. If you can only afford one book about gun policy, this is the book.
The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms & Violence, by Gary Kleck, Don Kates, et al. The authors to address a variety of important issues in the modern gun control debate, including: flaws in the arguments for banning handguns, media bias, the flawed "public health" case against guns, the frequency and nature of defensive gun use, and self-defense as a Second Amendment right.
Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, by Dr. Gary Kleck. Social science analysis of every aspect of the gun issue. Winner of the American Society of Criminology's Hindelang Prize, for the most significant contribution to criminology in a three-year period.
Guns: Who Should Have Them?, edited by David B. Kopel. Kopel and other authors examine gun ownership as a feminist issue, "assault weapons," gun control as race control, the Brady Bill, gun control and public health, and children and guns.
Gun Laws of America, by Alan Korwin. All of the federal gun laws, collected in one volume, and explained in plain English.
Alan Korwin's guides to state gun laws: Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.
More Guns, Less Crime, by John Lott. University of Chicago economist Lott produced the research which shows that enactment of state laws allowing licensed, trained citizens to obtain a handgun carry permit results in a 6 to 8 percent drop in the violent crime rate. Lott’s findings were subject to an intense attack when they were first announced. Pro-control academics tried to discredit them, and the anti-gun lobby lawns to a vicious, a dishonest campaign against Lott (claiming, for example, that Lott’s study was paid for by the gun industry – a total falsehood). In this brand-new book, Lott refutes every one of the arguments used to attack his study. He also details the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the staffers of the gun control lobbies (and their media allies), who worked furiously and maliciously to undermine honest research.
Armed and Considered Dangerous, by James D. Wright & Peter Rossi. A comprehensive study of criminals and how they use and acquire guns.
Under the Gun, by James D. Wright, Peter Rossi, & Kathleen Daly. The first comprehensive study of firearms and firearms crime in American society. Although published in the early 1980s, still very valuable.
The Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights in Commentaries on Liberty, Free Government & an Armed Populace, edited by David E. Young. Every single original documentary source about the origin of the Second Amendment.
The Gun Culture and its Enemies, edited by William R. Tonso. Sociologist Tonso brings together a wide collection of scholars to cover cultural issues related to guns and gun control. Among the best essays are Mississippi civil rights worker John Salter’s first-hand on the widespread use of protective firearms in the civil rights movement in the South, during the 1960s; Don Kates and Nicole Varzos dissecting the assertion that gun owners like guns because they are phallic symbols; A.D. Olmstead on the culture of gun collecting; and a case study by Dave Kopel of media bias in the coverage of gun control.
Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II, by Stephen P. Halbrook.   How Switzerland's universal militia service and widespread ownership of weapons of war prevented Hitler from executing his plan to destroy the last democracy on Germany's borders--and the only border nation which Hitler failed to conquer.
The Samurai, The Mountie, and The Cowboy, by David B. Kopel. Named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology. Examines gun control in Japan, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Switzerland, and the United States.The thesis is that gun laws need to match a society’s culture, and repressive gun laws are therefore unsuited for the United States.
Gun Control in Great Britain: Saving Lives or Constricting Liberty?, by David B. Kopel. Paperback expands on the material from the British chapter in The Samurai (above). The sad fate of Britain’s gun owners shows what happens when gun owners, in a desire to appear "reasonable" accept one restrictive law after another; British gun owners began this century with a strong right to own and carry firearms. Today, they have only a very restricted privilege to own shotguns and some rifles, for the limited number of sporting purposes which the government deems suitable. The decline in gun rights has been accompanied by a massive increase in gun crime.
To Keep and Bear Arms, by Joyce Lee Malcolm. The origin of the right to arms in 17th century England, and that right's transmission to America.
No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It, by David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman.
Former gun control activist Paxton Quigley caused a sensation with her book Armed & Female, which urged women to protect themselves. She followed it up with Not an Easy Target, a detailed self-defense manual for women.
Safe not Sorry: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe in a Violent Age, by Tanya Metaksa, former head of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns, by J. Neil Schulman. Essays on the defensive value of guns, the grammar of the Second Amendment, and more.
Self Control, Not Gun Control, by J. Neil Schulman. Essays from the award-winning science fiction author.
Guns, Crime, and Freedom, by Wayne LaPierre. This book amazed everyone in the publishing industry by hitting the national best-seller lists. It’s a good introduction to the gun issue, and covers most of the major current topics, such as waiting periods carrying handguns, self-defense, and Sarah Brady’s agenda.
The Gun Control Debate: A Documentary History, edited by Marjolijn Bijlefeld. Includes 205 documents, ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length. The topics include the modern controversies--such as suing gun companies, public opinion, and public health--as well as history of the origins of the second amendment. The documents are a nice, well-balanced selection of some of the best writing on each side of the issue.
Gun Control: Opposing Viewpoints is part of the "Opposing Viewpoints" series from Greenhaven Press. The series is aimed at high school and college civics and current events-type classes, and provides students (or other readers) with a meticulously balanced series of magazine-sized essays.
The Gun Control Debate: You Decide, edited by Lee Nisbet is more scholarly. Nisbet has collected excerpts from 24 major academic articles dealing with the gun culture, controlling violence, the risks and benefits of gun ownership for self-defense, and the Second Amendment.
The Best Defense, by Robert A. Waters. Human interest stories of people who have successfully defended themselves with a firearm. It explores what's at stake in the law-abiding citizen's fight agains crime.

Contemporary Fiction and Literary Criticism

Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
Round the Bend, by Nevil Shute
A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute
Literature Lost:  Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities, by John M. Ellis.   A scholarly demolition of the current orthodoxies in literary criticism.   Explains how race, gender, and class criticism combined with the language of deconstruction and the doctrine of political correctness to destroy the study of literature in American universities.  Worth reading for the historical perspective alone.
The Oldest Dead White European Males: And Other Reflections on the Classics, by Bernard Knox. Why the Greeks are still important, despite what the p.c. lobby claims.
Ulysses, by James Joyce. The federal government attempted to prevent Americans from reading this book. The district court decision overturning the censorship order is one of the great free-speech opinions of all time. The book portrays a day in the life of Leonard Bloom, an ordinary Dubliner. One of the most magnificent uses of the English language since Shakespeare. The link is to the corrected edition of Ulysses, which fixes many errors in other editions that resulted from misreadings of Joyce's tiny handwriting. You may also want to purchase The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide through Ulysses, which explains the sometimes obscure references in Ulysses, and provides insightful commentary.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. The greatest American travel novel ever. Beatniks roam the land.
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey.  How to find freedom in an insane world.  Randall Patrick McMurphy leads the inmates of a mental institution in a revolt against the system, personified by Nurse Ratched.  One of the most liberating books ever written.
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.

Science Fiction

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein,
That Hideous Strength, by C.S. Lewis
1984, by George Orwell
Anthem, by Ayn Rand
Alongside Night, by J. Neil Schulman
The Probability Broach, by L. Neil Smith

Children's Literature

Preschool and Younger

Books for small children need to stand up to literally hundreds of readings. It is a very special book that can engage an adult despite heavy repetition. The following books are classics which can handle heavy use, and in which parents (or other readers) can find continued joy. And of course kids will like them a lot too.

A Pocket for Corduroy, by Don Freeman. A gentle, but not sappy, first book in a series about girl and her teddy bear.

Bye-Bye Diapers, by Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Tom Cooke. Young Miss Piggy makes a major step forward in her personal growth.

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. Getting ready to sleep, a bunny says goodnight to everything around him.

I am a Little Bear, by Francois Crozat. A day in the life, from a young animal's perspective. There's also I am a Little Duck, I am a Little Monkey, and many more.

Good Dog, Carl, by Alexandra Day. It's amazing that Donna Shalala hasn't banned these books yet. Parents leave their child with their babysitter, who happens to be rottweiller named Carl! There is almost no text (since dogs can't talk), so "readers" end up telling a story to accompany the excellent illustrations. In another book, Carl and the baby sneak out on Christmas Eve (Carl's Christmas). Best of all is Carl's Masquerade, in which the parents leave Carl and the baby alone (again) to attend a costume party; Carl and the baby promptly head out to the party, and everyone thinks the baby riding Carl is just someone with a clever costume. Buy these books before the anti-dog lobby has them outlawed.

Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey. Sal and her mother go to pick berries on one side of the hill, while a mother bear and her cub do the same. Sal and the cub get lost, and each meets up with the other's mother. Set in Maine in the 1940s. Caldecott award winner.

Eloise, by Kay thompson. The famous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Katie's Picture Show, by James Mayhew. A delightful well illustrated child's fantasy in an art musem. Katie falls into the paintings, and has adventures therein.

Kittens Are Like That, by Jan Pfloog. This one delights two-year-olds.

The Puppy Book, by Jan Pfloog. Equally delightful.

The Best First Book Ever, by Richard Scarry. Good for reading to toddlers, and for older children expanding their vocabulary.

The Seven Silly eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman. Mom runs herself ragged cooking special meals for every kid, until they finally learn to eat the same thing--a dish made from each of their favorite foods.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Gian Calvi.  Raises the moral question: was the littlest Billy Goat Gruff right to tip off the troll that his older brother would be coming?

Quiet Time, by Anna Ross. The Sesame Street characters play loudly, then settle down for a nap. One of the best pre-nap books.

Silent Night, by Joseph Mohr. The story of Christmas Eve, with words from the hymn as text. Luminous, realistic, and very beautiful illustrations.

In America, by Marissa Moss. A grandfather tells about leaving Lithuania as a young boy, and coming to America to be free.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin, by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Nicely captures the stream-of-consciousness life of small kids, and of a moose who drops by for a visit.

Helen Oxenbury's Four Baby Board Books, by Helen Oxenbury. Four of the greatest "board books" (thick cardboard pages) ever written. The individual books are All Fall Down, Clap Hands, Say Good Night and Tickle, Tickle. Written for very young readers, the text is reminds one of haiku. A guaranteed delight for one or two-year-olds, and their parents. Give these books at a baby shower; eighteen months later, the mother will thank you profusely.

Mad About Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans. The classic story of the bold little girl, living in a boarding school in Paris in the 1930s.

Maggie and the Monster, by Elizabeth Winthrop. Maggie meets the monster, and resolves her conflict with him.

My New York, by Kathy Jakobsen. A colorful child's introduction to the wonders of New York City.

The Country Bunny and the Little  Gold Shoes, by Du Bose Heyward. A classic story about Easter bunnies.

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. A beautifully illustrated childhood Christmas allegory. A winner of  The Caldecott Medal.

Squids Will Be Squids, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. A collection of morality  fables in a delightful format. A major change in style and tone from ordinary children's books.

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. Young Max is angry at his parents, and acts out aggressive fantasies with monsters in a dream world. Although considered a classic, this book would have a hard time getting published for the first time today, given all the "un-nice" emotions expressed by Max. Hardback edition.

Who is Coming to Our House?, by Joseph Slate. Animals in a barn get ready for the arrival of Mary and Joseph. Very nice illustrations, almost like paintings.

Elementary School

Most of the books in the "pre-school and younger" section above are suitable for early grade elementary students to read to themselves. The "Junior High School" books, below, are suitable for parents reading to their children. And elementary students with good reading skills can also read (or enjoy having read to them), the following:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. Surrealism before surrealism was invented.

A Little Princess, by Deborah Hautzig. This is an adaptation for young readers of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book. Ten-year-old Sara Crewe is suddenly orphaned, and becomes a servant at a boarding school run by a harsh headmistress. Sara's imagination help to survive and triumph. Set in London in the early 20th century.

An Alphabet of Dinosaurs, by Peter Dodson. Perhaps the best illustrations of any dinosaur book. Amazingly vivid.

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, A very readable and well illustrated introduction to the classical Greek myths.

Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel. Two good friends hang out together. An excellent book for beginning readers.

How My Parents Learned to Eat, by Ina R. Friedman. An American sailor marries a Japanese woman; they learn to overcome their cultural differences.

If You Grew Up with George Washington, by Ruth Gelov Gross. A great look at everyday life in early America.

Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. An American pioneer family in the first part of the 19th century.

Repunzel, by Paul O. Zelinsky. The classic fairy tale illustrated in an elegant Italian Renaissance style. Very high quality art. Winner of The Caldecott Medal.

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. A seven-volume series that helped define the fantasy genre. A Christian allegory, but suitable for children of any or no religious persuasion.

The Real Tooth Fairy, by Marilyn Kaye. Elegantly illustrated childhood wondering about the tooth fairy.

The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups, by David Wisniewski. Explains the real rationale behind seemingly arbitrary grown-up rules. For example, the real reason that you can't jump on your bed is that the mattress is alive, and jumping will wake it up.

The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald.  A multi-volume series in which Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cures children of bad habits such as talk-backism, whispering, and bullying, with "magic" potions.  Terrific for reading aloud as children love the "cures," while vowing never to behave like that.  Adults will find the social commentary hilarious.

The Children's Book of Virtues and the Children's Book of Heroes, both edited by William J. Bennett.  Each has a variety of stories with lovely illustrations.   Many of the stories are classics, the kind that teach without preaching and that children enjoy hearing again and again.

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans, by Edward Eggleston.  First printed in 1895, this book features short stories about the lives of  Americans from George Washington to Kit Carson, Louisa May Alcott, and painter Benjamin West.  The stories stress what their subjects did to make them great.  They feature interesting vocabulary and varied sentence structure accessible to 2nd and 3rd grade readers.  A delightful alternative to the sanitized history books deemed suitable for young children today.

How Do You Lift A Lion?, by Robert E. Wells.  A picture book about levers and pulleys.   Good science, terrific presentation.

The Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant.  A retired man and his cat have small adventures, each with a twist.  Suitable for young children, 1st and 2nd grade beginning readers.

Van Gogh: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists. By Mike Venezia. Part of a series introducing great artists to a young audience. Very fun to read.

Junior High School

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes. A teenage boy in Boston and the beginning of the American Revolution.

The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A year in the life of a twelve-year-old boy discovers the responsibility of adulthood, set in the 19th century backwoods Florida. Perhaps the greatest novel ever written for a youth audience. Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book which sets the stage for Tolkein's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit (sort of like a dwarf, except not as tough, and obsessed with food) who attends an Unexpected Party, and goes on the adventure of his life. While Lord of the Ringsis the archetype of the "swords and sorcery" genre, The Hobbit is more childlike, and suitable for a relatively younger audience.

For parents

Facts Not Fear: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children about the Environment, by Michael Sanera and Jane Shaw. Helps parents counter p.c. disinformation and panic about the environment.

The McGuffey Readers, beginning with McGuffey's Eclectic Primer.  First printed in 1881, these books helped teach generations of people to read.  Compare them to your child's current reader for interest, (even 4 lines tell a story), emphasis on phonics, and their stress on moral behavior.  Good supplement to any reading program

Other Topics

The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said, by Ross and Kathryn Petras. A collection of hilarious notes and quotes.
Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty, by James Bovard. Covers abuses from the IRS to the BATF to the Department Justice, and more.
The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics, by Major Garrett and Timothy J. Penny. A journalist and a former Congressman explain some of the hokum.
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay. Tulip mania, the Mississippi bubble, and other cases of mass delusion and hysteria.
How Much is Your Vote Worth? The Unfairness of Campaign Spending Limits, by Filip Palda.
The Moral Sense, by James Q. Wilson. The biological and behavioral origins of the sense of right and wrong.
At  Large:   The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion, by David H. Freedman and Charles C Mann.  The true story of how the Phantom Dialer wormed his way into many of the most important computer networks in the U.S.  An antidote to Internet hype and a sure cure for the urge to entrust one's credit card number to it.
Drawing Life:  Surviving the Unabomber, by David Gelernter.  An autobiography in praise of life, family, and the repudiation of victimhood.
The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley. Produced by law students in The Federalist Society, Berkeley campus chapter. How the proponents of quotas and political correctness use intimidation rather than logic, in attempt to silence dissent.
Witness, by Whittaker Chambers.  What Alger Hiss and the Soviets were really up to in the United States, not what the media say they were.  How one man's deepening religious conviction led him to take a stand against the establishment of the day at enormous cost to himself.   Worth reading if only for the writing.
Why Sovereignty Matters, by Jeremy Rabkin.  A law professor at Cornell University who is also an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute shows in this study the threat to our constitutional system from supranational institutions and international agreements.
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World : A Handbook for Personal Liberty, by Harry Browne


Oscar Shrugged

The July 1994 issue of Liberty Magazine had an article written by Mark Skouson, supposedly about the "First International Libertarian Fim Festival."  The film festival takes place in Galt's Gulch, Colorado, and the article recounts the comments of the audience (all characters from Atlas Shrugged) as the view the films:

Shenandoah (1965)
The Amercanization of Emily (1964)
Hombre (1967)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Brazil (1985)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Cash McCall (1959)
Ben Hur (1959)
Dark of the Sun (1968)
The Fountainhead (1949), directed by King Vidor

Other Videos

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1998)
Waco: Rules of Engagement, directed by William Gazecki

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