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Ultimate List of Conservative Must Read Books

December 22nd, 2008

If you are a conservative on Twitter, you really should join #TCOT. It is the Top Conservatives on Twitter, and it is a great place to get to know some awesome people. The group includes many bright conservatives and offers a wonderful place to share and generate ideas.

The following list came from a discussion we had on great conservative books to read. Special thanks to @AmishSteve for starting the conversation. If you are a conservative who loves to read, bookmark this list and come back when you need some new reading material. I am going through the list myself, and I will add reviews to each as I go. Full disclosure - these links go to Amazon where you can buy these great books. If you purchase something, I get to buy a half a cup of coffee with the earnings.

List of Conservative Books

America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It
by Mark Steyn

The Revolution: A Manifesto
by Ron Paul - Review

The Conservative’s Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z
by Phil Valentine - Review

Reagan: What Was He Really Like?
by Curtis Patrick - Review

The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation
by Michael Medved

Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies
by Gregg Jackson

Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity
by David Limbaugh

An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems
by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe

Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism
by Arthur C. Brooks

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein

World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism (Vintage)
by Norman Podhoretz

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
by Jonah Goldberg

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
by Amity Shlaes

The Politics of Jesus
by John Howard Yoder

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
by Jon Meacham

John Adams
by David McCullough

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era
by Shelby Steele

Tyranny of the Status Quo
by Milton Friedman

Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
by Patrick J. Buchanan

Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations
by John Bolton

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution
by Edwin Meese

Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It’s Wrong
by Jim DeMint

Of Plymouth Plantation (Dover Value Editions)
by William Bradford

Time For Truth
by William Simon

The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game
by Alvin S. Felzenberg

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
by Bill O’Reilly

The Failure Factory: How Unelected Bureaucrats, Liberal Democrats, and Big Government Republicans Are Undermining America’s Security and Leading Us to War
by Bill Gertz

Extreme Measures: A Thriller
by Vince Flynn

The Reagan I Knew
by William F. Buckley Jr.

Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement
by Nicole Hoplin and Ron Robinson

Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville

The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America
by William J. Bennett and John Cribb

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan
by Peggy Noonan

A History of the American People
by Paul Johnson

The Road to Serfdom
by F.A. Hayek

The Right Word
by Samuel S. Vaughan and William F. Buckley Jr.

God And Man At Yale
by William F. Buckley Jr.

The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals
by William J. Bennett

The Reagan Diaries
by Ronald Reagan

Conscience of a Conservative
by Barry Goldwater

A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror
by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen

The Federalist Papers
by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and Clinton Rossiter

Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America
by Newt Gingrich

What Color Is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics
by J. C. Watts

The Gulag
by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
by Lawrence Wright

Meditations on First Philosophy
by Rene Descartes

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith

Two Treatises of Government
by John Locke

Reflections on the Human Condition
by Eric Hoffer

Lone Survivor
by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

Carnage and Culture
by Victor Hanson

Black Rednecks and White Liberals
by Thomas Sowell


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  1. December 22nd, 2008 at 00:54 | #1

    Great post and plan to share and blog asap.

    Merry Christmas to all,
    Sandie
    @scrosnoe on Twitter

    Sandra Crosnoe’s last blog post..Ron Paul Brickfilm - Video animation from January 2008

  2. December 22nd, 2008 at 07:15 | #2

    The stated goal to “reclaim Congress for Conservative Republicans in 2010″ is the reason I refuse to join #TCOT. The GOP needs to die and a party based on constitutional libertarianism/subsidiarianism needs to take its place. I wish Ron Paul all the best in his quest to rescue the GOP from itself, but I think his efforts will fail - and should fail. The party is terminally ill due to corruption, greed, arrogance, sloth, and warmongering imperialism. Pull the plug so the poor animal can die with some shred of dignity left.

  3. December 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 | #3

    Eric, while I agree with some of what you said, you have to realize that the libertarian party can’t challenge the democrats any time soon. The point is we are trying to reform the party. That has a much better chance at success.

  4. December 22nd, 2008 at 11:12 | #4

    I didn’t say the Libertarian Party is the answer. I said a libertarian(ish) party is. The LP is a bit too dogmaticly top-to-bottom libertarian IMHO.

  5. December 22nd, 2008 at 13:55 | #5

    I haven’t seen any history (other than Bennets daily readings)–here’s a very good one from another outside observer(this one English!) - A History of the American People by Paul Johnson.

    Another very readable one is A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen

  6. December 22nd, 2008 at 19:46 | #6

    Thanks chuck, added to the list.

  7. December 24th, 2008 at 01:25 | #7

    Currently reading Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag. Deep, dark and a “Warning to the West”…makes one take stock of our great country, and where its headed. I’d add this to the list, too.

  8. December 24th, 2008 at 12:52 | #8

    How about something / anything by Eric Hoffer ??

    zookies’s last blog post..Religion is the opiate of the masses - the next bailout

  9. December 24th, 2008 at 13:32 | #9

    More added, thanks for all the input!

  10. Ryan
    December 25th, 2008 at 16:52 | #10

    Sorry, too many partisan & mass media hacks on this list for it to be useful. A broken clock may be right twice a day, but you still wouldn’t use it to for telling time.

  11. January 9th, 2009 at 01:39 | #12

    Everything I’ve read of Vince Flynn’s has been excellent.

    Alice H’s last blog post..Bug Theatre

  12. January 30th, 2009 at 16:33 | #13

    May I add, The Forsaken by Tim Tzoudlias. Wow, a true indictment of Stalin and really showed me how fast a leader can become a dictator!

    Carolyn D’s last blog post..Views from a Right Wing Wacko Mom. Part II

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