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Each book is one that I read and would recommend to others. A few of these books have been published several times and re-copyrighted (some became available in paperback); the year shown below is sometimes the initial date of publication, not the latest, or it is the date for the edition I obtained. I have certainly not read them in this order and usually the book is out a while before I obtain a copy. Within any year of publication the books are listed in the order they were read.


I have a comment about the book Democracy by Mr Hoppe.  Though the book was first published in 2001 I did not read it until February 2005. It is just incredible how his prediction that a democratic republic like America will continue toward more state power and further economic and moral decay has come to pass so quickly in just those four years under the Bush administration.

I read the book The Reformation over the summer of 2005. Though the book is huge, I strongly recommend it, both for understanding the events and actions of the time (1490 to 1700) and for appreciating the interaction between the Christian religions and Western life. Perhaps another upheaval of the Christian religions will occur; those that forget or ignore history might be doomed to repeat it. I read the book The Meek and the Militant a little later. It offers a different perspective on the historical analysis of the evolution of religions, including the changes in social order as well as the interaction between the state and the local religions, whether of the majority or minority. There is a constructive overlap between the two books regarding the Reformation.

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Year

Title

Author(s)

Description/Subtitle

1788

The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison

The arguments for our Constitution in the words of 3 patriots of the time, written prior to its ratification (many books have been published with the original texts - the Constitution itself is so much smaller than these interpretations of it) (book - many different publishers)

1978

For a New Liberty, The Libertarian Manifesto

Murray N. Rothbard

The libertarian ideals are applied to every aspect of politics; the principles make an interesting contrast to the conservative and liberal arguments (book)

1986

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debats

edited by Ralph Ketcham

Subtitle: The clashes and compromises that gave birth to our form of government (book); includes the dissenting opinions of those that saw threats in the Constitution to the rights just won from England

1986

The Meek and the Militant

Paul N. Siegel

Subtitle: Religion and Power Across the World. The history and social basis of the world’s major religions. (book)

1995

Making Economic Sense

Murray N. Rothbard

A collection of his articles originally published in The Free Market (a monthly publication of the Ludwig von Mises Institute), between 1985 and 1995 (book)

1998

The Ethics of Liberty

Murray N. Rothbard

This classic (first published in 1982) stands as one of the most rigorous and philosophically sophisticated expositions of the libertarian political position (book)

1999

Education Free & Compulsory

Murray N. Rothbard

Advanced civilizations are marked by specialization and diversity not uniformity but uniformity is the goal of compulsory education (book)

1999

Freedom in Chains

James Bovard

Subtitle: The rise of the state and the demise of the citizen (book)

1999

Profit Over People

Noam Chomsky

Subtitle: Neoliberalism and global order (book)

2000

Egalitarian as a Revolt Against Nature

Murray N. Rothbard

16 essays by this influential libertarian author, first published in 1974 (book)

2000

5 Days That Shook the World

Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, Allan Sekula

Subtitle: Seattle and Beyond. The Seattle protest against the WTO in late 1999, then the protest against the IMF in Washington DC in April 2000, the DNC in LA, the RNC in Philadelphia. What happened to “the freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble?” (book)

2001

Democracy The God That Failed

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Subtitle: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order (book) (summary)

2002

The Clash of Fundamentalisms

Tariq Ali

Subtitle: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (book) excellent historical perspective into both Islamic and Western fundamentalism

2002

Heaven on Earth: the Rise and Fall of Socialism

Joshua Muravchik

Chronicles failed attempts over past 200 years, with sketches of the few critical leaders each time, to create a socialist government (rather than by a grass roots movement) (book)

2003

The Terror Enigma

Justin Raimondo

9/11 and the Israeli Connection; what did the Israelis know and when did they know it? (book)

2003

The Reformation

Diarmaid MacCulloch

The course of history down to our own time has been decisively shaped by this revolution in the Christian world, when politics mixed with religion to affect the states and people of Europe (book)

2003

Speaking of Liberty

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Collection of speeches by this libertarian author given from roughly 1988 to 2003 (book)

2003

A People’s History of the United States

Howard Zinn

A history of the American people (book)

2003

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Jared Diamond

Subtitle: The Fates of Human Societies (book) (the 1999 book was updated with a 2003 Afterword)

2004

The Good Fight

Ralph Nader

Declare your independence and close the democracy gap (book)

2004

Worse than Watergate

John W. Dean

The secret presidency of George W Bush, including the abuses of power and the ‘ends justify the means’ mentality (book)

2004

Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St Clair

Subtitle: A diary of Three Wars. Chronicles the lies, agendas and carnage of these recent wars (book)

2004

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

Thomas E Woods, Jr.

Back cover: Almost everything you know about American history is wrong (book)

2004

Against Leviathan

Robert Higgs

Subtitle: Government Power and a Free Society (book)

2004

Language and Politics

Noam Chomsky

Interviews covering linguistics, politics and philosophy (book)

2005

Attention Deficit Democracy

James Bovard

Back cover: Bovard diagnoses a national malady - citizen apathy and increasing government control (book)

2005

Chomsky on Anarchism

Noam Chomsky

Collection of Chomsky (writings, talks, interviews) by Barry Pateman (book)

2006

The One Percent Doctrine

Ron Suskind

Subtitle: Deep inside America’s pursuit of its enemies since 9/11 (book)

2006

Conservatives Without Conscience

John W. Dean

Examines the conservative movement’s current inner circle of leaders, its policies and its authoritarian mind-set (book)

2006

Hubris

Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Subtitle: The inside story of spin, scandal and the selling of the Iraq war (book)

2006

The Left Hand of God

Michael Lerner

Subtitle: Taking back our country from the Religious Right (book)

2006

The Case for Impeachment

Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky

Subtitle: The legal argument for removing President George W Bush from office (book)

2006

American Fascists

Chris Hedges

Subtitle: The Christian Right and the war on America (book)

2007

What We Say Goes

Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Subtitle: Conversations on US Power in a Changing World (book)

2007

The Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein

Subtitle: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (book) (web site)

2007

The End of America

Naomi Wolf

Subtitle: Letter of warning to a young patriot. (book)

2007

End Times

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St Clair

Subtitle: The death of the fourth estate (book)

2007

Truth Jihad

Kevin Barrett

Subtitle: My epic struggle against the 9/11 big lie (book)

2008

The Dark Side

Jane Mayer

Subtitle: The inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals (book)

2008

Red Hot Lies

Christopher C. Horner

Subtitle: How global warming alarmists use threats, fraud, and deception to keep you misinformed (book)

2008

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

Hooman Majd

Subtitle: The paradox of modern Iran. Fascinating look at politics and religion from inside Iran (book)

2008

JFK and the Unspeakable

James W Douglass

Subtitle: Why he died and why it matters (book)

2009

The Zinn Reader

Howard Zinn

Subtitle: Writings on disobedience and democracy (book)

2010

Hopes and Prospects

Noam Chomsky

Surveying the dangers and prospects of the 21st century (book)

2010

The Case for Socialism

Alan Maass

Proposes an alternative to capitalism (book)

2010

How the Economy was Lost

Paul Craig Roberts

The path to ruin and the choices to be made (book)

2010

The Global Economic Crisis

Editors: Michael Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall

Subtitle: The Great Depression of the XXI Century (book or here)

2012

The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt

Subtitle: Why good people are divided by politics and religion (book)

2012

Dogmatism in Science and Medicine

Henry H Bauer

Subtitle: How dominant theories monopolize research and stifle the search for truth (book)

2012

Classified Woman

Sibel Edmonds

The Sibel Edmonds Story (book), the most classified woman in US history due to her whistle blowing effort in the wake of 9/11/2001

2014

Killing Trayvons

Editors: Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St Clair, JoAnn Wypijewski

Subtitle: An Anthology of American Violence (book or here)

2016

The American Slave Coast

Ned and Constance Sublette

Subtitle: A history of the slave-breeding industry (book)

2016

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins

The global economic empire (book) (site)

2016

Another French False Flag?

edited by Kevin Barrett

Subtitle: Bloody tracks from Paris to San Bernardino (book)



Works of Fiction:

Year

Title

Author(s)

Description/Subtitle

1949

1984

George Orwell (Eric Blair)

Prophetic, nightmarish view of a future society (book).
While this is a book of fiction, it remains relevant.

2013

The Lone Gladio

Sibel Edmonds

A novel about Operation Gladio B, but how much of the story line is actually fiction? (book; reviews)



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