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

4 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.

  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!

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