Jeff’s Bookshelf

20150503 Jeffs Bookshelf - step4 compressedHere is the list of books I am either reading now, have queued up, want to buy, or have devoured over the years.  These are books that have shaped my views on economics, good and evil, science, war, culture, geography, religion, government theory, history, and political philosophy.

Currently Reading:

The Story of Philosophy — The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers; 1926, 1927, 1933, by Will Durant

Augustine’s Laws, 3rd ed.; 1986, by Norman R. Augustine

The Founders’ Bible; with 2012 historical commentary by David Barton


On Deck:

The City on a Hill — Fulfilling Ronald Reagan’s Vision for America; 1997, by Michael Reagan with Jim Denney

1776; 2005, by David McCullough

Decision Points; 2010, by George W. Bush

Backlash; 2019, by Brad Thor

The Athena Project; 2010, by Brad Thor

Endurance — A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery; 2017, by Scott Kelly

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans — The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny; 2017, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

The Federalist Papers; 1787-88, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

On Liberty, and Other Essays (1854-1869), by John Stuart Mill; compilation 1991

Our Republican Constitution — Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People; 2016, by Randy E. Barnett

Don’t Bank On It — The Unsafe World of 21st Century Banking; 2014, by Craig R. Smith

Original Intent — The Courts, The Constitution, and Religion; 5th ed 2008, by David Barton

Two Roads to Sumter — Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and the March to the Civil War; 1963, by William and Bruce Catton

The Tipping Point — How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference; 2nd ed 2002, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Moral Arc — How Science Leads Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom; 2015, by Michael Shermer

History of World War II; 1945, by Francis Trevelyan Miller

Democracy in America; 1835, by Alexis de Toqueville

No Easy Day —  The Autobiography of a Navy Seal; 2012, by Mark Owen (with Kevin Maurer)

The Wealth of Nations; 1776, by Adam Smith

“The Law,” “The State,” and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850 (The Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat)

The Ayn Rand Reader; 1998, edited by Leonard Peikoff and Gary Hull

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill; 1999, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, and Gloria DeGaetano

Innocent Targets — When Terrorism Comes to School; 2005, by Michael Dorn, and Chris Dorn

American Contempt for Liberty; 2015, by Walter E. Williams

Scalia Speaks — Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived; 2017, by Antonin Scalia.  Edited by Christopher Scalia

What Happens Now? — Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You; 2018, by John Hillen and Mark Nevins.  Forward by Normal R. Augustine.

The Space Trilogy (in one bound volume):  1) Out of the Silent Planet; 2) Perelandra; 3) That Hideous Strength; 1938, 1943, 1945 respectively, by C. S. Lewis

Addicted to Outrage — How Thinking Like a Recovering Addict Can Heal the Country; 2018, by Glenn Beck

Churchill’s Trial — Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government; 2015, by Larry P. Arnn


To Be Purchased (a little hint to my friends):

Sand and Steel — A New History of D-Day; 2019, by Peter Caddick-Adams

Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution; 2019, by Myron Magnet

Debunking Howard Zinn — Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America; 2019, by Mary Grabar

The Price of Everything — A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity; 2008, by Russell Roberts

Phineas Finn — The Irish Member; 1867-1868 (published serially), by Anthony Trollope

The Power Broker — Robert Moses and the Fall of New York; 1975, by Robert A. Caro

The Murrow Boys — Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism; 1997, by Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson

Land of Hope — An Invitation to the Great American Story; 2019, by Wilfred M. McClay

Code Name: Lise — The True Story of the Woman who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy; 2018, by Larry Loftis

Churchill — Walking With Destiny; 2018, by Andrew Roberts

Into the Lions Mouth — The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-life Inspiration for James Bond; 2016, by Larry Loftis

Reagan — An American Journey; 2018, by Bob Spitz

Founder’s Son — A Life of Abraham Lincoln; 2014, by Richard Brookhiser

The Horatio Hornblower Series (12 books); 1937-1967, by C. S. Forester

Capitalism in America — A History; 2018, by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge

Extreme Ownership — How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win; 2015, by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

The Yale Book of Quotations; 2006, edited by Fred R. Shapiro

The Auschwitz Escape; 2014, by Joel C. Rosenberg

About Face — The Odyssey of an American Warrior; 1990, by Col. David H. Hackworth

The Righteous Mind — Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion; 2012, by Jonathan Haidt

Based on a True Story — Not a Memoir; 2017, by Norm MacDonald

Fake Science — Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data; 2017, by Austin Ruse

Battle Cry of Freedom — The Civil War Era; 1988 by James M. McPherson

The Right Stuff; 1979, by Tom Wolfe

The Last Jihad; 2006, by Joel C. Rosenberg

Witness; 1952, by Whitaker Chambers

The Lives of the Constitution — Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law; 2018, by Joseph Tarakovsky

The Passion of the Western Mind — Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View; 1993, by Richard Tarnas

History of Political Philosophy; 1963, by Leo Strauss  (3rd edition, 1987)

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory; 1981, by Alasdair MacIntyre (3rd edition, 2007)

12 Rules for Life — An Antidote to Chaos; 2018, by Jordan B. Peterson

Leading a Worthy Life — Finding Meaning in Modern Times; 2017, by Leon R. Kass

The World Turned Upside Down — The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power; 2011, by Melanie Phillips

The New Annotated Frankenstein; 2017, by Mary Shelley (original novel published in 1818, revised version in 1823), edited by Leslie S. Klinger

To Kill a Mockingbird; 1960, by Harper Lee

Homage to Catalonia; 1938, by George Orwell

How to Be a Conservative; 2014, by Sir Roger Scruton

From Under the Rubble; 1975, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism; 2017, by Mark Levin

The Vanishing American Adult — Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance; 2017, by Sen. Ben Sasse

The Political Theory of the American Founding — Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom; 2017, by Thomas G. West

Making It; 1967, by Norman Podhoretz

Breaking Ranks — A Political Memoir; 1979, by Norman Podhoretz

Ex-Friends — Falling Out With Allen Ginsberg, Lionel & Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer; 1999, by Norman Podhoretz

The Red Badge of Courage; 1895, by Stephen Crane

Suicide of the West — An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism; 1964, by James Burnham

Patriotism Is Not Enough — Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism; 2017, by Steven F. Hayward

The Vision of the Anointed — Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy; 1995, by Thomas Sowell

The Sun Also Rises; 1926, by Ernest Hemingway

Three Soldiers; 1921, by John Dos Passos

The Hundred-Year Marathon — China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower; 2016, by Michael Pillsbury

Leaders Eat Last — Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t; 2014, by Simon Sinek

The Art of Being Free — How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves; January 2017, by James Poulus

The Abolition of Man; 1943, by C. S. Lewis

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century; Oct 2016, by William F. Buckley Jr. and James Rosen

A Farewell to Arms; 1929, by Ernest Hemingway

Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society; 2016, by R.R. Reno

The Problem with Socialism; 2016, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

The Conservative Mind — From Burke to Eliot; 1953, by Russell Kirk

Liberty’s Secrets — The Lost Wisdom of America’s Founders; 2015, by Joshua Charles

Applied Economics — Thinking Beyond Stage One; 2003, by Thomas Sowell

How to be Right — The Art of Being Persuasively Correct; 2015, by Greg Gutfeld

The Cultural Pattern in American Politics — The First Century; 1979, by Robert Kelley

De Legibus (“On the Laws” – 52 BC) and De Republica (“On the Republic” – 51 BC); by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Still the Best Hope — Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph; 2012, by Dennis Prager

De l’esprit des loix (“The Spirit of the Laws”); 1748, by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

The Economy of Mind; 1982, by Warren T. Brookes

Cornerstone of Liberty — Property Rights in 21st Century America; 2006, by Timothy Sandefur

Gates of Fire; 1998, by Steven Pressfield

The Fountainhead; 1943, by Ayn Rand

Falling in Love with America Again; 2014, by Jim DeMint

Two Lucky People — Memoirs; 1998, by Milton and Rose Friedman

The Transatlantic Persuasion — The Liberal-Democratic Mind in the Age of Gladstone; 1969, by Robert Kelley

The Economy in Mind; 1984, by Warren T. Brookes

The Vision of the Anointed; 1996, by Thomas Sowell

Human Action — A Treatise on Economics (4 vols); 1949, by Ludwig von Mises

Four Essays on Liberty; 1969, by Isaiah Berlin

The Rise and Decline of Nations — Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities; 1982, by Mancur Olson

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; 1956 – 1958, by Winston Churchill

Suicide of the West — An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism; 1964, by James Burnham

Nicomachean Ethics; 350 BC, by Aristotle (2002 translation by Joe Sachs)

With the Old Breed — At Peleliu and Okinawa; 1981, by E.B. Sledge

The Right to Earn a Living — Economic Freedom and the Law; 2010, by Timothy Sandefur

The Guide for the Perplexed; 1190, by Moses Maimonides

The Communist Manifesto; 1848, by Karl Marx

The American Boomerang — How the World’s Greatest ‘Turnaround’ Nation Will Do It Again; 2014, by Nick Adams

A Time for Reflection — An Autobiography; 2003, by William E. Simon

The Soul of Battle — From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny; 1999, by Victor Davis Hanson

Mere Christianity; 1952, by C.S. Lewis

Wealth, Poverty, and Politics — An International Perspective; 2015, by Thomas Sowell

The Road to Serfdom; 1944, by F.A. Hayek

The American Founding: Its Intellectual and Moral Framework; 2012, by Daniel N. Robinson and Richard N. Williams

Meditations; 170-180 AD, by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

The Five Thousand Year Leap; 1981, by Cleon Skousen

A Republic No More — Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption; 2015, by Jay Cost

Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is; 2015, by Michael Novak

A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960; 1963, by Anna Schwartz & Milton Friedman

A Personal Odyssey; 2000, by Thomas Sowell

The Story of Civilization — 11 Volumes; 1935, 1939, 1944, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1975, by Will and Ariel Durant

Rules for Radicals — A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals; 1971, by Saul Alinsky

Tides of War; 2000, by Steven Pressfield

By the People — Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission; 2015, by Charles Murray

The Morality of Law; 2nd ed. 1967, by Lon L. Fuller

Why Nations Fail — The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty; 2012, by Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson

Reality and Rhetoric — Studies in the Economics of Development; 1984, by Peter T. Bauer

The Road to Freedom — How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise; 2012, by Arthur C. Brooks

“Trickle Down Theory” and “Tax Cuts for the Rich”; 2012, by Thomas Sowell

The Prince; 1532, by Niccolò Machiavelli  (the 1998 Harvey Mansfield translation, from University of Chicago Press)

“Das Kapital” (Capital — A Critique of Political Economy); 1867-1883, by Karl Marx

The Cross and Reaganomics — Conservative Christians Defending Ronald Reagan; 2013, by Eric R. Crouse

The Mystery of Capital — Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else; 2000, by Hernando de Soto

Capitalism and Freedom; 1962, by Milton Friedman

Wealth and Poverty; 1981, by George Gilder

Liberal Fascism — The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning; 2008, by Jonah Goldberg

Carnage and Culture — Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power; 2001, by Victor Davis Hanson

The Fatal Conceit — The Errors of Socialism; 1988, by Friedrich Hayak

Principles of Economics; 1890, by Alfred Marshall

Fifty Major Economists; 1999, by Steven Pressman

Vienna & Chicago — Friends or Foes? ; 2005, by Mark Skousen

Economic Facts and Fallacies; 2008, by Thomas Sowell

Up from the Projects — An Autobiography; 2010, by Walter E. Williams


Devoured and Shelved:

The Declaration of Independence; 1776, by Thomas Jefferson and a committee of 4 others

The U.S. Constitution; 1787, by a Constitutional Convention of America’s Founding Fathers

A Conflict of Visions — Ideological Origins of Political Struggles; 2nd ed 2007, by Thomas Sowell

The Ordinary Spaceman — From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut; 2015, by Clayton C. Anderson

The Second World Wars — How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won; 2017, by Victor Davis Hanson

The Illustrated Man; 1951, by Ray Bradbury

The Great Good Thing — A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ; 2016, by Andrew Klavan

Hillbilly Elegy — A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis; 2016, by J.D. Vance

Please Stop Helping Us — How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed; 2014, by Jason L. Riley

Book of Man — A Navy Seal’s Guide to the Lost Art of Manhood; 2015, by Derrick Van Orden

Brave New World, 1932; and Brave New World Revisited, 1958.  Both by Aldous Huxley.

Reality — A Plain-talk Guide to Economics, Politics, Government and Culture; 2015, by Mike Rosen

Fifty Years Hence; 1931 article, by Winston Churchill

The Count of Monte Cristo; 1845, by Alexandre Dumas (unabridged translation by Robin Buss in 1996 for Penguin Classics)

Darkness at Noon; 1941, by Arthur Koestler

Planet of the Apes; 1963, by Pierre Boulle

Free to Choose — A Personal Statement; 1979 & 1990, by Milton and Rose Friedman

Excuse Me, Professor — Challenging the Myths of Progressivism; 2015, by Lawrence Reed

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism; 1982 & 1991, by Michael Novak

The Conscience of the Constitution — The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty; 2014, by Timothy Sandefur

Starship Troopers; 1959, by Robert A. Heinlein

11/22/63; 2012, by Stephen King

A More Perfect Union; 2015, by Ben Carson, MD

Tender Warrior; 1993 & 1999, by Stu Weber

Black Sun; 1971, by Edward Abbey

Journey — A Novel; 1988, by James Michenor

Things That Matter — Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics; 2013, by Charles Krauthammer

Leadership Secrets from the Bible; 2002, by Lorin Woolfe

Family Matters — Creating a Strong Estate From the Bottom Up (The First Western Trust guide to estate planning); 2014, by L. William Schmidt Jr.  (not commercially available)

Caravans; 1963, by James A. Michener

The Guns of the South; 1992, by Harry Turtledove

Tortilla Flat; 1935, by John Steinbeck

Liberty and Tyranny — A Conservative Manifesto; 2009, by Mark Levin

Centennial; 1974, by James A Michener

Atlas Shrugged; 1957, by Ayn Rand

Writing from Left to Right — My Journey from Liberal to Conservative; 2013, by Michael Novak

Ronald Reagan — The Triumph of Imagination; 2005, by Richard Reeves (not recommended)

Atlantic Fury; 1962, by Hammond Innes

The Monkey Wrench Gang; 1975, by Edward Abbey

Dune; 1965, by Frank Herbert

Lead the Field; 1986, Audio Recordings by Earl Nightingale

The “Kent Family Chronicles” (aka “The Bicentennial Series”) by John Jakes:

The Bastard; 1974
The Rebels; 1975
The Seekers; 1975
The Furies; 1976
The Titans; 1976
The Warriors; 1977
The Lawless; 1978
The Americans; 1979

Dark Winter — How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell; 2014, by John L. Casey

The Liberty Amendments — Restoring the American Republic; 2013, by Mark Levin

Mexico; 1992, by James A. Michener

Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln; 2011, compiled/edited by Meg Distinti

The Killer Angels (Pulitzer Prize winner); 1974, by Michael Shaara

Illusions — The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah; 1977, by Richard Bach

Stranger in a Strange Land; 1961, by Robert A. Heinlein

The Essential Wisdom of the Founding Fathers; compilation 2009, by Carol Kelly-Gangi

America Alone — The End of the World As We Know It; 2006, by Mark Steyn

The Source; 1965, by James A. Michener

That Used to be Us — How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back; 2011, by Michael Mandelbaum and Thomas L. Friedman

Fire on the Mountain; 1962, by Edward Abbey

Good to Great — Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t; 2001, by Jim Collins

Undaunted Courage — Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; 1996, by Stephen E. Ambrose

Basic Economics — A Common Sense Guide to the Economy; 4th ed 2011, by Thomas Sowell

Ameritopia — The Unmaking of America; 2012, by Mark Levin

Economics in One Lesson — The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics; 1946, by Henry Hazlitt

The “North and South Trilogy” by John Jakes:

North and South; 1982
Love and War; 1984
Heaven and Hell; 1987

The Search for the Elements; 1962, by Isaac Asimov

Jonathan Livingston Seagull; 1970, by Richard Bach

The Brave Cowboy; 1956, by Edward Abbey

Centennial; 1974, by James A. Michener

The Dead Zone; 1979, by Stephen King

Winning ‘Em Over — A New Model for Management in the Age of Persuasion; 2001, by Jay A. Conger

Expanded Universe; 1980, by Robert A. Heinlein

The Summer of 1787 — The Men Who Invented the Constitution; 2008, by David O. Stewart

Guadalcanal Diary; 1943, by Richard Tregaskis

Nineteen Eighty-Four; 1949, by George Orwell

Think — A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy; 1999, by Simon Blackburn

Texas; 1985, by James A. Michener

The Land God Gave to Cain; 1958, by Hammond Innes

The Stand; 1978, by Stephen King

Nothing Like It in the World — The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869; 2000, by Stephen E. Ambrose

The Supremacists — The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It; 2004, by Phyllis Schlafly

American Exceptionalism — An Experiment in History; 2013, by Charles A. Murray

The Way Forward — Renewing the American Idea; 2014, by Paul Ryan

Washington — A Life; 2010, by Ron Chernow

Of Mice and Men; 1937, by John Steinbeck

Wild Blue — The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany, 1944-45; 2001, by Stephen E. Ambrose

A Capitalist Manifesto — Understanding the Market Economy and Defending Liberty; 2012, by Gary Wolfram

Blink — The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; 2005, by Malcolm Gladwell

Underdogma — How America’s Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog to Trash American Power; 2011, by Michael Prell

Desert Solitaire — A Season in the Wilderness; 1968, by Edward Abbey

The Forgotten Man — A New History of the Great Depression; 2007, by Amity Shlaes

Finding Amelia — The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance; 2006, by Ric Gillespie

1 Response to Jeff’s Bookshelf

  1. Now that’s an eclectic list, Jeff. Some excellent works – and some I need to check out. Thanks for sharing.


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