Reading List


Recommended Reading

The Law–Frédéric Bastiat

Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics–Henry Hazlitt

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century–Thomas E. Woods

The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant–Rob Natelson

Government by Judiciary (Studies in Jurisprudence and Legal Hist)–Raoul Berger

The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

The Virginia Resolutions of 1798

James Madison and the Making of America–Kevin R. C. Gutzman

View of the Constitution of the United States with Selected Writings–St. George Tucker

Two Treatises of Government–John Locke

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Politically Incorrect Guides)–Kevin R. C. Gutzman

War is the Health of the State–Randolph Bourne

Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave–Walter T. McDonald & Ruby West Jackson

Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution (Landmark Law Cases & American Society) –H. Robert Baker

Atlas Shrugged–Ayn Rand

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto)–Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Waffle Street: The Confession And Rehabilitation Of A Financier–James Adams

Chaos Theory: Two Essays on Market Anarchy–Robert Murphy

The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents–The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)–F.A. Hayek

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse–Tom Woods

Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, Scholar’s Edition–Murray Rothbard

No Treason–Lysander Spooner

Thomas Jefferson – Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America – Kevin Gutzman

Who Killed the Constitution? The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama — Tom Woods and Kevin Gutzman

Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic 1776-1840 — Kevin Gutzman

How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America — Brion McClanahan

The Founding Father’s Guide to the Constitution — Brion McClanahan

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her — Brion McClanahan

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers — Brion McClanahan

Creation of the American Republic — Gordon S. Wood

The Radicalism of the American Revolution — Gordon S. Wood

Human Action: A Treatise on Economics — Ludwig Von Mises

Contra Krugman: Smashing the Errors of America’s Most Famous Keynesian — Robert Murphy

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism — Robert Murphy

The Real Crash — Peter Schiff

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History — Tom Woods

Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Fire of Allowable Opinion — Tom Woods

Basic Economics — Thomas Sowell

The Fourteenth Amendment and the Incorporation Doctrine — Dave Benner

Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution — Dave Benner

Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? — Walter Williams

Up from the Projects: An Autobiography — Walter Williams


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7 Responses to “Reading List”

  1. Jay HendonJuly 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    In an effort to show the size of America’s federal bureaucracy in terms other than $ (spending$, debt$, budget$, deficit$, etc.) I’ve created a web site that displays its bureaucratic structure.

    No matter how one looks at the federal behemoth, it’s mind-numbing, but I believe viewing our federal government this way does have a certain shock value and might be a useful tool to counter those who advocate even more government as a solution for virtually every problem.

    I know it’s not exactly a “read” but I thought you might entertain the idea of adding it to your reading list.

    • Donna Davis-UrgoDecember 24, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

      Jay, do you still have this website? I am curious to see (especially since it has probably grown since you posted).

  2. TJ WatchSeptember 22, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Which of these besides THE LAW and ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON are as “short, fresh, and simple” — and thus especially well suited to the curious, as opposed to the academically minded? THANKS!

    • Jeff StewartJuly 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Murphy’s “Chaos Theory” is a collection of two short-ish essays and is very quick to digest; and everything that Woods writes is concise and punchy.

      In the short/approachable category, I would also add Rothbard’s “Anatomy of the State” and Maharrey’s “Our Last Hope,” “Smashing Myths,” and (with Michael Boldin) “Nullification Objections.”

      Those are all excellent intro books that don’t require a lot of time to be invested for big concepts to be grasped.

      On the fiction-side of things, the standard run of Orwell’s “1984” and “Animal Farm,” Bradburry’s “Fahrenheit 451,” and Rand’s “Anthem” all fit the bill nicely; plus, they’re classic sci-fi/fantasy and can be read easily by children… and speaking of, Connor Boyack’s “Tuttle Twin” series is great (for adults too) as well as Murphy’s “The Three Lads and the Lizard King.”

      • Michael MaharreyJuly 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

        Great suggestions! Especially my books! haha!

    • Stephen SwansonDecember 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      Also Basic Economics (Thomas Sowell), especially as an audiobook.

      • Michael MaharreyDecember 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

        Good one!

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