The Artful Dilettante’s Reading List

The books in this Reading List have been given an unqualified Five-Star rating by the Artful Dilettante. They are masterpieces of their specific disciplines with brilliant insights into the human condition. As such, they are all but ignored in the halls of modern academia and the unwashed masses.

BANKING AND ECONOMICS
The Rise and Fall of Society Frank Chodorov
The Creature from Jekyll Island G. Edward Griffin
Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics Henry Hazlitt
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics Ludwig von Mises
Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis Ludwig von Mises
The Theory of Money and Credit Ludwig von Mises
The Anti-Capitalism Mentality Ludwig von Mises
Planned Chaos Ludwig von Mises
Liberty and Property Ludwig von Mises
Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War Ludwig von Mises
Marxism Unmasked: From Delusion to Destruction Ludwig von Mises
Man, Economy, and State Murray Rothbard
Power and Market Murray Rothbard
What Has Government Done to Our Money Murray Rothbard
America’s Great Depression Murray Rothbard
The Case Against the Fed Murray Rothbard
Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy Murray Rothbard
The Panic of 1819: Reactions and Policies Murray Rothbard
Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action Robert P. Murray
Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis Michael D. Tanner
Architects of Ruin Peter Schweizer
Capitalism and Freedom (40th Anniversary Edition) Milton Firedman
End the Fed Ron Paul
Meltdown Thomas E. Woods
In Defense of Global Capitalism Johan Norberg
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy Thomas Sowell
Marxism: Philosophy and Economics Thomas Sowell
Discovery, Capitalism, and Distributive Justice Israel M. Kirzner
Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics George Reisman
Popular Economics: What the Rollings Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics John Tamny

EDUCATION
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition John Taylor Gatto
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A School Teacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling John Taylor Gatto
The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation into the Problem of Modern Schooling John Taylor Gatto
A Primer on Libertarian Education Joel Spring
Inside American Education Thomas Sowell
Education: Assumptions and History Thomas Sowell
Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality Charles Murray
The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead Charles Murray

ENVIRONMENT
Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to COntrol Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them Steven Milloy
Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Activists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed Christopher C. Horner

ESTABLISHMENT/RULING CLASS/DEEP-STATE POLITICS
JFK and the World Oligarchy Robert Schramm Burnside
Shadow World: Resurgent Russia, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam Robert Chandler
Shadow Government, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World Tom Engelhardt
The Creature from Jekyll Island G. Edward Griffin
Crony Capitalism in America Hunter Lewis
Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy Joseph Plummer
The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy Peter Dale Scott
Tragedy and Hope Carroll Quigley
None Dare Call It Conspiracy Gary Allen
Anglo-American Establishment Carroll Quigley
Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century F. William Engdahl
A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and New World Order F. William Engdahl
Superclass–The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making David Rothkopf
Power Elite C. Wright Mills
Bilderberg Group Daniel Estulid
Big Oil and Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf Dean Henderson
JFK – The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy L. Fletcher Prouty
Iron Triangle – Carlyle Group Dan Brody
Trilateralism – the Trilateral Commission and World Management Holly Sklar
Powers That Be G. William Domhoff
Who Rules America Now? G. William Domhoff

LIBERTARIAN THOUGHT AND ETHICS
Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life Edward Stringham
Death by Government R. J. Rummel
The Road to Serfdom Friedrich Hayek
The Constitution of Liberty Friedrich Hayek
The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism Friedrich Hayek
Our Enemy, the State Albert Jay Nock
The State Franz Oppenheimer
Makers and Takers Edmund Contoski
A Spontaneous Order: The Capitalist Case for a Stateless Society Chase Rachels
Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government Robert Higgs
The Psychology of Self-Esteem Nathaniel Branden
Honoring the Self Nathaniel Branden
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Nathaniel Branden
The Vision of Ayn Rand Nathaniel Branden
The Moral Revolution in Atlas Shrugged Nathaniel Branden
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The Virtue of Selfishness Ayn Rand
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Ayn Rand
American Contempt for Liberty Walter Williams
The Rise and Fall of Society Frank Chodorov
No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority Lysander Spooner
Anatomy of the State Murray Rothbard
Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature Murray Rothbard
For a New Liberty Murray Rothbard
The Abolition of Man C. S. Lewis
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You Tom G. Palmer
Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice Tom G. Palmer
Common Sense Thomas Paine
Rights of Man Thomas Paine
Against the State Llewellyn Rockwell
Liberty vs. the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays Walter Williams
New Libertarian Manifesto Samuel Edward Conkin
Libertarianism: A Primer David Boaz
Free to Choose Milton Friedman
Liberty Defined Ron Paul
What it Means to Be a Libertarian Charles Murray
The Mainspring of Human Progress Henry Grady Weaver and Rose Wilder Lane
The Economics and Ethics of Private Property Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The God of the Machine Isabel Paterson
The Discovery of Freedom: Man’s Struggle Against Authority Rose Wilder Lane
Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto Matt Kibbe
The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law Randy E. Barnett
Henry David Thoreau: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Henry David Thoreau
What it Means to be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation Charles Murray
The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez Faire Andrew Bernstein
Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Status Quo Jeffrey A. Tucker and Steven Ng
Informed Common Sense Albert Jay Nock
Radical For Capitalism: An Introduction into the Political Thought of Ayn Rand William R. Thomas
Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics George Reisman

HISTORY
America’s Forgotten History:
Part I, Foundations
Part II, Rupture
Part III, A Progressive Empire Mark David Ledbetter
Conceived in Liberty Murray Rothbard
American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World David Stannard
Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government Robert Higgs
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
Amity Schlaes
Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern Libertarian Movement Brian Doherty
Conquests and Cultures: An International History Thomas Sowell
The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams Lester J. Cappon (Editor)
Thomas Jefferson: Writings, Autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, Private and Public Papers, Letters, Addresses Thomas Jefferson
The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate (1764-1772) Gordon S. Wood (Editor)
The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
John H. Rhodehamel (Editor)
The Debate on the Constitution Bernard Bailyn and others
Thomas Paine: Collected Writings Thomas Paine
Washington: Writings George Washington
Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings Benjamin Franklin
John Adams: Writings from the New Nation (1784-1826) John Adams
Human Accomplishment Charles Murray
Conquests and Cultures: An International History Thomas Sowell
The Great Challenge: The Myth of Laissez Faire in the Early Republic Frank Bourgin
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Civilization Larry Siedentop

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
The Federalist Papers Hamilton, Madison, Jay
The Antifederalist Papers and Constitutional Convention Debates Ralph Ketchum (Editor)
Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation Steven Greenhut
Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind Mallory Factor
Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government Thomas DiLorenzo
American Contempt for Liberty Walter Williams
Architects of Ruin Peter Schweizer
The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch
Meltdown Thomas E. Woods
The Vision of the Anointed Thomas Sowell
Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville
The Spirit of the Laws Baron Charles de Montesquieu

Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Virginian and Kentucky Resolutions and Their Legacy William Watkins
New Views of the Constitution John Taylor of Caroline
Thomas Jefferson: Writings, Autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, Private and Public Papers, Letters, Addresses Thomas Jefferson
The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate (1764-1772) Gordon S. Wood (Editor)
The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
John H. Rhodehamel (Editor)
The Debate on the Constitution Bernard Bailyn and others
Thomas Paine: Collected Writings Thomas Paine
Washington: Writings George Washington
Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings Benjamin Franklin
John Adams: Writings from the New Nation (1784-1826) John Adams
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles Thomas Sowell
Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective Thomas Sowell

SOCIETY AND CULTURE
The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimization
Jesse Lee Peterson and Dennis Prager
Intellectuals and Race Thomas Sowell
Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass Theodore Dalrymple
Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination Walter E. Williams
Race and Culture: A World View Thomas Sowell
The Dependency Agenda Kevin D. Williamson
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life Charles Murray
The Vision of the Anointed Thomas Sowell
Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Status Quo Jeffrey A. Tucker and Steven Ng
From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Serbvices, 1890-1967 David T. Beito
The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society David T. Beito
Bit by Bit: How P2P is Freeing the World Jeffrey Tucker
Negrophilia Erik Rush

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