Recommended Reading

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century In The Next 100 Years, Friedman undertakes the impossible (or improbable) challenge of forecasting world events through the 21st century. Starting with the premises that “conventional political analysis suffers from a profound failure of imagination” and “common sense will be wrong,” Friedman maps what he sees as the likeliest developments of the future, some intuitive, some surprising: more (but less catastrophic) wars; Russia’s re-emergence as an aggressive hegemonic power; China’s diminished influence in international affairs due to traditional social and economic imbalances; and the dawn of an American “Golden Age” in the second half of the century.


The Great American Awakening, by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, chronicles two years of transformation in the Senate and DeMint’s relationship with his colleagues in the wake of the Tea Party movement.


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy In Hitler’s Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life. Metaxas captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), who ‘thought it the plain duty of the Christian to suffer with those who suffered.’


Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, by FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey and President Matt Kibbe, gives a thorough, behind-the-scenes look at the birth of the Tea Party movement and highlights the activists who made it all possible. Paperback will be available this fall.


Your Teacher Said What?!: Defending Our Children From the Liberal Assault on Capitalism, by CNBC’s Joe Kernan and his daughter Blake Kernan, reveals the startling things kids are being taught in school about the “failures” of our free market system.


The Freedom Agenda, by U.S. Senator Mike Lee, is a passionate argument for the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment as a prerequisite for the return of constitutionally-limited government.


The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek, is a timeless warning to Western democracies about the failures of socialism by this Nobel-prize winning economist.


Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, by Henry Hazlitt, is the best introduction to free market economics.


Eat the Rich, by P.J. O’Rourke, is a witty and humorous look at the global economy, the success of capitalism and failure of socialism.


The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, describes the impact of the Tea Party movement and the 2010 midterm elections on the future of our political landscape.


The Calculus of Consent, by James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, explains what motivates politicians to make decisions and offers a comprehensive look at rent-seeking and public choice theory.


Reveille for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky, is the precursor to the more well-known Rules for Radicals and offers more insights into the grassroots tactics pioneered by this leftist organizer.


Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises, is the principal text for understanding Austrian school economics and details the failures of market intervention and central planning.


The Richest Man in Babylon

What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot if it’s George Clason’s delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money. This is a great gift for a graduate or anyone who seems baffled by the world of finance and a wonderful, refreshing read for even the most experienced investor.


The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World The authors do make it clear that (1) freedom is rare–in all of history, a small fraction of a percentage of humanity has lived under free circumstances, (2) freedom is costly to achieve–in war and sacrifice that are needed to fight the natural tendency of the world, and (3) freedom is fragile–that we may be used to living free, but that it can diminish abruptly.


The 5000 Year Leap Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years.


The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century Glenn Beck brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.

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