Books

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Here is the first official recommendation for the page:

Dr. Thomas Sowell wrote the textbooks on economics. Literally.

His book A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Strugges explores the two competing visions of human nature which form the tap root of ALL of our political differences. The “constrained” & “unconstrained” visions.

This is must read material for anyone who fancies their self a serious student of human behavior, political discourse, or human nature.

11 Responses to Books

  1. notamobster says:

    The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski is mandatory reading for all who are interested in modern geopolitics.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    I know I have already recommended this but it really is a must read for Revoistas. I delves into some pretty important questions…

    1) Why is the white working class suffering?
    2) Why are some able to escape the rust belt and others aren’t?
    3) Is there anything the government can do?
    4) How much of the suffering is economics caused and how much culture caused?

    Frankly, the book doesn’t really lay out answers to these questions but it sure does offer a smorgasbord of food for thought.

  3. fasttimes says:

    Basic Economics

    I had to add Sowell’s Basic Economics book. as i delve into the Mises Institute (thanks to Nota for that one) this book is a fantastic place to start for those who have limited “formal” education in economic (like myself) and want a solid foundation. it should be required reading starting in 6th or 7th grade.

  4. sortawitte says:

    “Exodus” by Leon Uris. One of a few books that I have read multiple times. It is fiction, however, mostly because of the cast of detailed characters. It’s about the growth of the young jewish state, Israel. I find it valuable because it covers the historic events our history classes don’t mention anymore. The story is very informative and gives a hint to why current events in the middle east are heading in a particular direction.

  5. C. L. says:

    A Patriots History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement, Revised Edition

    https://www.amazon.com/Patriots-History-United-States-Entitlement/dp/1595231153/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483483747&sr=1-1&keywords=patriots+history+of+the+united+states

    Over the past decade, A Patriot’s History of the United States has become the definitive conservative history of our country, correcting the biases of historians and other intellectuals who downplay the greatness of America’s patriots.

    This is the revised, 10th anniversary edition. I highly recommend it. It holds your interest, as long as you are interested in American History.

  6. C. L. says:

    https://www.amazon.com/Space-Merchants-Frederik-Pohl/dp/1250000157/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484260911&sr=1-1&keywords=space+merchants

    The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth. Written in the 1950s, here is an excerpt from the description:

    In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives.

    Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life. However, the most basic elements are incredibly scarce, including water and fuel.

    This book is great. It tells the story of a man who becomes disillusioned with the way things are and what happens when he steps out of line.

  7. C. L. says:

    https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Vegetables-Fruits-Organic-Method/dp/0875960669

    How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables by the Organic Method is my secret weapon for gardening success. The link is for a 1976 printing, which is word for word of the 1959 original copy that I have. I have come across no better book for gardening organically, and I’ve seen a lot of them. 1100 pages.

  8. C. L. says:

    If you have children between the ages of 8 and 14, I strongly recommend you consider getting as many Classics Illustrated comic books as you can. Example:

    https://www.amazon.com/Robinson-Crusoe-Classics-Illustrated-Daniel/dp/1906814708/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488108794&sr=1-5&keywords=classics+illustrated+comic+books

    As a child, these were the books that sparked a great interest in reading that lasts to this day in me. Plus, they are all classic literature in a fun to read format. Your kids will love them and will also benefit greatly from this introduction to the great classics.

    • Ray Davies says:

      They were the Cliff notes for all the classics I was supposed to read and report on in HS 50+ years ago. Really great until you become mature enough to read the hard cover.

  9. Jim22 says:

    Johnson was a mountain man’s mountain man. After his pregnant wife was killed by a Crow party he swore vengeance on the entire tribe. To ensure they knew it was him killing their braves he cut out and ate the liver of the men he killed.

    Not for the faint-hearted.

    “Crow Killer, New Edition: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson”

    Link here

  10. Ray Davies says:

    I would have to say The Complete Works Of William Shakespere (Pelican).
    Goes to show human nature never changes and this is one man who really understood it. You can pick up the character and put him/her down in any place or time and it is current. I have kept a copy on my desk since college in the 70s and still pick it up and read it.

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