book shelf

Obviously this list isn’t exhaustive. For the most part I’ve left off the monographs I’ve read for grad school and tried to only include books I highly recommend or those I personally find interesting. I don’t read a lot of fiction but some of my favorite novelists are Orwell, Kerouac, and Ayn Rand, especially Rand’s We the Living

I’ve included links to free digital versions when possible. 

Let me know what you’re reading!


Biography 

Mark Twain: A Life // Ron Powers //2005 //  737 pages

George Orwell // Gordon Bowker // 2003 // 434 pages

Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Björkman // Woody Allen & Stig Björkman // 1993 // 288 pages

Woody: The Biography // David Evanier // 2015 // 397 pages

The Fellowship, The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams // Philip and Carol Zaleski // 2015 // 656 pages

Steve Jobs // Walter Isaacson // 2011 // 657 pages

Chronicles: Volume One // Bob Dylan // 2004 // 320 pages 

Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan // Ian Bell // 2012 // 592 pages

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike // Phil Knight // 2016 // 383 pages 

An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray Rothbard // Justin Raimondo // 2000 // 400 pages

The Passion of Ayn Rand // Barbara Branden // 1986 // 442 pages

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy // Eric Metaxas // 2011 // 601 pages

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1/3) // Edmund Morris // 2010 // 962 pages

Theodore Rex (2/3) // Edmund Morris // 2010 // 794 pages

Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington // James Bovard // 2012 // 372 pages

War/Antiwar & Military History

Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan // Scott Horton // 2017 // 318 pages

Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq // Jason Christopher Hartley // 2005 // 336 pages 

Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity // Ron Paul // 2015 // 239 pages 

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam // Nick Turse // 2013 // 401 pages 

Give Peace a Chance: Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement // eds. Melvin Small and William D. Hoover // 1992 // 300 pages

Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost its Empire and the West Lost the World // Patrick Buchanan // 2008 // 546 pages

We Who Dared to Say No to War // edited by Thomas Woods & Murray Polner // 208 // 360 pages

War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy // Laurence Vance // 2014 // 528 pages

Theory, Philosophy, & Economics

The Anatomy of the State // Murray Rothbard // 1974 // 58 pages

Freedom’s Progress?: A History of Political Thought // Gerard Casey // 2017// 964 pages

The Law // Frederic Bastiat // 1850 // 55 pages (digital download edition)

Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto // Lew Rockwell // 2014 // 190 pages

What Must Be Done (essay) // Hans Hermann Hoppe // 1997 // 14 pages (digital download edition)

The Road to Serfdom // F.A. Hayek // 1944 // 266 pages (digital download edition)

The Ethics of Liberty // Murray Rothbard // 1982 // 336 pages (digital download edition)

Economics in One Lesson // Henry Hazlitt // 1946 // 205 pages (digital download edition)

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto // Murray Rothbard // 1973 // 432 pages (digital download edition)

Chaos Theory // Robert Murphy // 2002/2010 // 77 pages (digital download edition)

From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay (short essay) // Hans Hermann Hoppe // 2014 // 76 pages

The Revolution: A Manifesto // Ron Paul // 2008 // 188 pages

The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System // Ron Paul // 2013 // 225 pages

American History & Politics

The Versailles Treaty and its Legacy: The Failure of the Wilsonian Vision // Norman Graebner and Edward M. Bennett // 2011 // 286 pages

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War // Thomas Fleming // 2014 // 384 pages

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation // Joseph Ellis // 2000 // 304 pages

Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market // Walter Johnson // 1999 // 320 pages

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War // Thomas DiLorenzo // 2002 // 384 pages 

American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence // Pauline Maier // 1997 // 332 pages

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution // Kevin Gutzman // 2007 // 274 pages

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her // Brion McClanahan // 2016 // 354 pages 

The Progressive Era // Murray Rothbard // 2017 // 604 pages

Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American Dynasty // Roger Stone & Saint John Hunt // 2016 // 464 pages 

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years // Russ Baker // 2009 // 593 pages

Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion // Thomas Woods, Jr. // 2014 // 358 pages 

The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ // Roger Stone, with Mike Colapierto // 2013 // 433 pages 

A Choice Not An Echo // Phyllis Schlafly // 1964 // 320 pages 

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History // Thomas Woods, Jr. // 2004 // 270 pages

The Betrayal of the American Right // Murray Rothbard // 258 pages (digital download edition)

Pursue the Cause of Liberty: A Farewell to Congress (speech delivered on the House floor) // Ron Paul // 2012 // 64 pages (digital download edition)

Never a Dull Moment // Murray Rothbard, edited by Justin Raimondo // circa 1960s // 168 pages (digital download edition)

American Culture & Religion

American Judaism: A History // Jonathan Sarna // 2004 // 512 pages 

The Political World of Bob Dylan: Freedom and Justice, Power and Sin // Jeff Taylor & Chad Israelson // 2015 // 314 pages

The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, A History of Greenwich Village // John Strausbaugh // 2013 // 643 pages 

The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation // Bill Morgan // 2010 // 340 pages 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness // Michelle Alexander // 2010 // 338 pages 

God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right // Daniel Williams // 2010 // 401 pages

American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism // Matthew Avery Sutton // 2014 // 476 pages

Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church & American Christianity // Phillip Luke  Sinitiere // 2015 // 336 pages

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs // Johann Hari // 2015 // 400 pages