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.  

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. WilliamsonBit by Bit
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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