"You need only read one of his classics like The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements to realize that you are seeing the work of an intellectual giant."The Legacy of Eric Hoffer
A writer both popular and profound, Paul Johnson has also written a very readable and insightful book on world history in the 20th century called Modern Times. Our schools and colleges do such a poor job of letting young people know what happened in the world before they were born that Modern Times should be must reading.
For a more philosophical -- but also very readable -- discussion of free market capitalism, you cannot do better than Free to Choose by Rose and Milton Friedman. Reading this book can undo years of collectivist indoctrination in the schools and colleges.*
If you want to find out about the history of the United States, without getting politically correct rhetoric about "dead white males" and the like, then A History of the American People by British historian Paul Johnson is the book to read. His rounded treatment of American history is in sharp contrast with those historians who seem to think that the only thing interesting about American history are the things that went wrong and those who protested.
The desire for a collectivist world in which government controls more of our lives has survived many disastrous attempts to create such a world. Heaven on Earth by Joshua Muravchik is a lively and dramatic history of these disasters -- and of the good intentions that led to them.*
Sometimes the way to understand your own society is to find out about other societies and other economic and political systems, so that you can get some idea of the nature and magnitude of the differences. Two Soviet economists’ accounts of that country’s economy makes the difference between a market economy and a centrally planned economy stand out in sharp relief. That book is titled The Turning Point by Nikolai Shmelev and Vladimir Popov.Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays
If you want a thorough, accurate, and no-spin history of race relations in the United States, the best history on that subject is America in Black and White by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. Summer De-Programming
There is probably no subject on which the facts are so twisted by the schools, the media and academia as racial issues. If you want to find something rational that you or your youngster can read on this subject, one of the best and most lively books is The Myths that Divide Us by John Perazzo..*
If you would like to know the fundamental basis for the Constitution of the United States under which we all live, there is no book more important to read than The Federalist or The Federalist Papers, as it is sometimes called. It is a series of popular essays written by those who helped create the Constitution, explaining to their fellow Americans why they did what they did and what they hoped to achieve—and prevent.(Summer De-Programming)
One of the most important things for young people to understand, early on, is how much hostility there is to this country and its values by the intelligentsia in the media and in educational institutions. Useful Idiots by Mona Charen spells it out in plain English with unmistakable examples.*
The other book is "FDR Goes to War" by Burton W. Folsom and Anita Folsom. The romantic legends of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that whole generations have been taught in schools, on television and in the movies have been debunked by a whole series of history books, of which this is the latest and perhaps the most devastating — and painfully relevant to our current president.Source
In Defense of Internment is a carefully researched and carefully analyzed history but it is also a warning for our own times. Too many American lives are at risk today from people already inside this country to be paralyzed by the politically correct rhetoric of those who decry “racial profiling.”
What could be more sweeping than a book tided Human Accomplishment ? It is Charles Murray’s latest book and it is dynamite. The subtitle spells out how sweeping this book is: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950. It is more than a historical survey of the landmark figures in many fields from various cultures around the world. It is an analysis of where, why, and how historic advances have been made in some places and not in others.Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays page 270
The book that permanently made me a sadder and wiser man was Edward Gibbons' "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." To follow one of the greatest civilizations of all time as it degenerated and fractured, even before being torn apart by its enemies, was especially painful in view of the parallels to what is happening in America in our own times.Source
You will never look at the Third World the same way again after reading "Equality, the Third World," and "Economic Delusion" by Peter Bauer. It demolishes many myths about the causes of poverty in the Third World — and about "foreign aid" as a way of relieving that poverty.Source
You will never look at crime the same way after reading "Crime and Human Behavior" by Richard J. Herrnstein and James Q. Wilson. It is a strong dose of hard facts that shatter the illusions of the intelligentsia and the mushy rhetoric of "root causes" and the like.Source
Edward Banfield's 1960s classic "The Unheavenly City" likewise cuts right through the pious cant about urban problems and confronts some inescapable realities. You will never look at urban issues the same way again.Source
My all-time favorite among Theodore Dalrymple's books is "Life at the Bottom." It is based on his chilling experiences working in a low-income, predominantly white neighborhood in Britain. It is a classic examination of the moral squalor produced by the welfare state and its ideological rhetoric, regardless of race.Source
The later research of Hernando de Soto, published in his book The Mystery of Capital, added still more evidence that supported Peter Bauer’s thesis that Third World people were capable of creating wealth, even if their governments followed economically counterproductive policies that held them back. Peter Bauer (1915–2002) May 10, 2002.
Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute does have the facts, however, in her new book, Are Cops Racist? Unfortunately, those who most need to read this book are the least likely to do so. They have made up their minds and don’t want to be confused by facts. Are Cops Racist?