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Great Books

In conjunction with world's largest online bookstore--Dave Kopel presents this selection of recommended great books. The link for each book will take to you's page for that book, where you can read reviews, and order the book--usually at a discount. 

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New: Ten on the Second.Ten great books (plus some bonus recommendations) on the right to arms.  America's 1st Freedom, March 2007. PDF.



Magazines and Newspapers

Books by Kopel


Economics, Personal Finance, and Taxes


Environment, Science, and Animal Rights

Fiction and Literary Criticism

Health Care


History of Ideas



Political Philosophy

Politics and Government


Second Amendment. Lots of subcategories.

Social Issues






Magazines and Newspapers


MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History




The Weekly Standard


American Enterprise


Human Events


Investors Business Daily


Wall Street Journal


Washington Times


National Post. Canada.



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New Books


J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.Available for pre-order. Ships on Dec. 4, 2008.



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Books by Kopel


Supreme Court Gun Cases(Bloomfield Press, 2003). With Alan Korwin and Stephen Halbrook.


Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide(New York University Press, 2002). With Andrew McClurg and Brannon Denning.


Editorial Board for Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law(ABC/Clio: 2002). Named an "Editors Choice," as one of the best new reference books of 2003 by Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.


Antitrust After Microsoft . (Chicago: Heartland Institute, 2001).


The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1992). Named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology.


No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It by David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman. The book has been named the winner of the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, presented by the Center for Independent Thought.


RCRA Demystified: The Professional's Guide to Hazardous Waste Law (Washington: Environmental Law Institute, 1996)( An annotated guide to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), with Linda Rockwood and Kimberly Temple.


Guns: Who Should Have Them? (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1995).


Gun Control in Great Britain: Saving Lives or Constricting Liberty? (Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of International Criminal Justice, 1992).


Chapter in The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War(Accurate Press, 2004).

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Children's Books

Preschool and Younger

Books for small children need to stand up to literally hundreds of readings. It is a very special book that can engage an adult despite heavy repetition. The following books are classics which can handle heavy use, and in which parents (or other readers) can find continued joy. And of course kids will like them a lot too.


A is for America: An American Alphabet. By Devin Scillian. A collection of rhymes takes children through an illustrated alphabet, and shows them Bunker Hill, Huckleberry Finn, Thomas Jefferson, and lots of other people, places and things, that have made America great.


A Pocket for Corduroy. By Don Freeman. A gentle, but not sappy, first book in a series about girl and her teddy bear.


An Alphabet of Dinosaurs. By Peter Dodson. Perhaps the best illustrations of any dinosaur book. Amazingly vivid.


Bye-Bye Diapers. By Ellen Weiss. Illustrated by Tom Cooke. Young Miss Piggy makes a major step forward in her personal growth.


Goodnight Moon. By Margaret Wise Brown. Getting ready to sleep, a bunny says goodnight to everything around him.


I am a Little Bear, by Francois Crozat. A day in the life, from a young animal's perspective. There's also I am a Little Duck, I am a Little Monkey, and many more. So far, I am a Little Cockroach has not been added to the repertoire.


Good Dog, Carl. By Alexandra Day. Parents leave their child with their babysitter, who happens to be Rottweiller named Carl! There is almost no text (since dogs can't talk), so "readers" end up telling a story to accompany the excellent illustrations. In another book, Carl and the baby sneak out on Christmas Eve (Carl's Christmas). Best of all is Carl's Masquerade, in which the parents leave Carl and the baby alone (again) to attend a costume party; Carl and the baby promptly head out to the party, and everyone thinks the baby riding Carl is just someone with a clever costume. Buy these books before the anti-dog lobby has them outlawed.

Blueberries for Sal. By Robert McCloskey. Sal and her mother go to pick berries on one side of the hill, while a mother bear and her cub do the same. Sal and the cub get lost, and each meets up with the other's mother. Set in Maine in the 1940s. Caldecott award winner. Hardback edition. Audiotape edition.


Eloise. By Kay Thompson. The famous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York.


Katie's Picture Show. By James Mayhew. A delightful well illustrated child's fantasy in an art museum. Katie falls into the paintings, and has adventures therein.


Kittens Are Like That. By Jan Pfloog. This one delights two-year-olds.


The Puppy Book. By Jan Pfloog. Equally delightful.


McGuffey's Original Eclectic Readers. By William McGuffey.


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. By Betty MacDonald. A multi-volume series in which Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cures children of bad habits such as talk-backism, whispering, and bullying, with "magic" potions. Terrific for reading aloud as children love the "cures," while vowing never to behave like that. Adults will find the social commentary hilarious.


The Best First Book Ever. By Richard Scarry. Good for reading to toddlers, and for older children expanding their vocabulary.


The Seven Silly Eaters. By Mary Ann Hoberman. Mom runs herself ragged cooking special meals for every kid, until they finally learn to eat the same thing--a dish made from each of their favorite foods.


The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Raises the moral question: was the littlest Billy Goat Gruff right to tip off the troll that his older brother would be coming?


In America. By Marissa Moss. A grandfather tells about leaving Lithuania as a young boy, and coming to America to be free.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin. By Laura Joffe Numeroff. Nicely captures the stream-of-consciousness life of small kids, and of a moose who drops by for a visit.

Helen Oxenbury's Four Baby Board Books. By Helen Oxenbury. Four of the greatest "board books" (thick cardboard pages) ever written. The individual books are All Fall Down, Clap Hands, Say Good Night and Tickle, Tickle. Written for very young readers, the text is reminds one of haiku. A guaranteed delight for one or two-year-olds, and their parents. Give these books at a baby shower; eighteen months later, the mother will thank you profusely.


Mad About Madeline. By Ludwig Bemelmans. The classic story of the bold little girl, living in a boarding school in Paris in the 1930s.


Maggie and the Monster. By Elizabeth Winthrop. Maggie meets the monster, and resolves her conflict with him.


Mr. Putter and Tabby. By Cynthia Rylant. A retired man and his cat have small adventures, each with a twist. Suitable for young children, as well as 1st and 2nd grade beginning readers.


My New York. By Kathy Jakobsen. A colorful child's introduction to the wonders of New York City.


The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. By Du Bose Heyward. A classic story about Easter bunnies.


Squids Will Be Squids. By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. A collection of morality fables in a delightful format. A major change in style and tone from ordinary children's books.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Young Max is angry at his parents, and acts out aggressive fantasies with monsters in a dream world. Although considered a classic, this book would have a hard time getting published for the first time today, given all the "un-nice" emotions expressed by Max. Hardback edition.


The Polar Express. By Chris Van Allsburg. A beautifully illustrated childhood Christmas allegory. A winner of The Caldecott Medal.


Silent Night. By Joseph Mohr. The story of Christmas Eve, with words from the hymn as text. Luminous, realistic, and very beautiful illustrations.

Who is Coming to Our House? By Joseph Slate. Animals in a barn get ready for the arrival of Mary and Joseph. Very nice illustrations, almost like paintings.


Elementary School

Most of the books in the "pre-school and younger" section above are suitable for early grade elementary students to read to themselves. The "Junior High School" books, below, are suitable for parents reading to their children. And elementary students with good reading skills can also read (or enjoy having read to them), the following:

The Chronicles of Narnia. By C.S. Lewis. A seven-volume series that helped define the fantasy genre. A Christian allegory, but suitable for children of any or no religious persuasion.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll. Surrealism before surrealism was invented.


The Wizard of Oz. By L. Frank Baum. An allegory about William Jenning Bryan (the cowardly lion), the farm and labor movements (the Scarecrow and the Tin Man) and the Gold Standard (the Yellow Brick Road)? Maybe. But it's a great story even without the politics, and the book contains all sorts of subplots and interesting characters who didn't appear in the movie.


D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. A very readable and well illustrated introduction to the classical Greek myths.


A Little Princess. By Deborah Hautzig. This is an adaptation for young readers of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book. Ten-year-old Sara Crewe is suddenly orphaned, and becomes a servant at a boarding school run by a harsh headmistress. Sara's imagination help to survive and triumph. Set in London in the early 20th century. Audio cassette edition of the original.


The Boxcar Children. By Gertrude Chandler Warner. One of 19 of the Alden family mysteries. Exciting stories about enterprising children suitable for readers that have graduated from picture books but aren't quite ready for the real thing. The originals are superior to the new additions to the series "created by" the author. 


Frog and Toad Together. By Arnold Lobel. Two good friends hang out together. An excellent book for beginning readers.


How My Parents Learned to Eat. By Ina R. Friedman. An American sailor marries a Japanese woman; they learn to overcome their cultural differences.


If You Grew Up with George Washington. By Ruth Gelov Gross. A great look at everyday life in early America.


If you Sailed on the Mayflower. By Anne McGovern. Transplants young readers (ages 5 - 12) into great historical periods, one of a 5 volume set.


If You Lived With the Sioux Indians. By Anne McGovern, et al (one of a 5 volume series). Transports young readers into historical period


Koko's Kitten. By Dr. Francine Patterson. The story of a gorilla and his cat, produced by The Gorilla Foundation, Woodside, Calif.


Little House on the Prairie. By Laura Ingalls Wilder. An American pioneer family in the first part of the 19th century.


Mr. Popper's Penguins. By Richard and Florence Atwater. Mr. Popper, a poor housepainter, is fascinated by the Antarctic. Then he receives a penguin in the mail. Charming. Suitable for novice readers transitioning from picture books.


Repunzel. By Paul O. Zelinsky. The classic fairy tale illustrated in an elegant Italian Renaissance style. Very high quality art. Winner of The Caldecott Medal.

The Real Tooth Fairy. By Marilyn Kaye. Elegantly illustrated childhood wondering about the tooth fairy.


The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups. By David Wisniewski. Explains the real rationale behind seemingly arbitrary grown-up rules. For example, the real reason that you can't jump on your bed is that the mattress is alive, and jumping will wake it up.


Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans. By Edward Eggleston. First printed in 1895, this book features short stories about the lives of Americans from George Washington to Kit Carson, Louisa May Alcott, and painter Benjamin West. The stories stress what their subjects did to make them great. They feature interesting vocabulary and varied sentence structure accessible to 2nd and 3rd grade readers. A delightful alternative to the sanitized history books deemed suitable for young children today.


How Do You Lift A Lion? By Robert E. Wells. A picture book about levers and pulleys. Good science, terrific presentation.

Van Gogh: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists. By Mike Venezia. Part of a series introducing great artists to a young audience. Very fun to read.


Harry Potter

By J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter is a boy who goes off to a Scottish boarding school to learn how to be a wizard. Delightful adventures. Perhaps the best fantasy series since Lord of the Rings. Excellent for adults and children of all ages. The unabridged audio editions are read by Jim Dale, the well-known children's story-teller, and they hold up very well to repeated listening.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Volume 1. Harry is living with his nasty aunt and uncle and cruel brother, when a letter from Hogwarts school informs him that he is a wizard. Audio.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Volume 2. Harry's second year (of seven) at Hogwarts. His friend Hermione gets turned to stone by a basilisk. Audio.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Volume 3. Harry begins to learn about his parent's death, and the strange story of his godfather, a wrongly convicted prisoner. Audio.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Volume 4. The world's two other magical boarding schools bring their students and faculty to Hogwarts for the year. A notably darker tone than volume 1, especially the page-turning final chapters. Audio.


Boxed Set (Books 1-6)


Junior High School

Johnny Tremain. By Esther Forbes. A teenage boy in Boston and the beginning of the American Revolution.

The Yearling.
By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A year in the life of a twelve-year-old boy discovers the responsibility of adulthood, set in the 19th century backwoods Florida. Perhaps the greatest novel ever written for a youth audience. Pulitzer Prize winner. Hardback edition. Audiocassette.

The Hobbit. By J.R.R. Tolkien. The book which sets the stage for Tolkein's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit (sort of like a dwarf, except not as tough, and obsessed with food) who attends an Unexpected Party, and goes on the adventure of his life. While Lord of the Rings is the archetype of the "swords and sorcery" genre, The Hobbit is more childlike, and suitable for a relatively younger audience. Audio edition of the The Hobbit.


Brain Quest Series

Very fun quiz cards for k ids of all ages. My First Brain Quest. Three-year-olds. Preschool. Kindergarten. First Grade. First Grade Reading. First Grade Math. Second Grade. Second Grade Reading. Second Grade Math. Third Grade. Third Grade Reading. Third Grade Math. Fourth Grade. Fifth Grade. Sixth Grade. Seventh Grade. For the Car. American History. Canada. Geography. Bible. Science.


For parents

Facts Not Fear: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children about the Environment by Michael Sanera and Jane Shaw. Helps parents counter p.c. disinformation and panic about the environment.


The McGuffey Readers, beginning with McGuffey's Eclectic Primer. First printed in 1881, these books helped teach generations of people to read. Compare them to your child's current reader for interest (even 4 lines tell a story), emphasis on phonics, and their stress on moral behavior. Good supplement to any reading program


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Economics, Personal Finance, and Taxes


How Capitalism Saved America:The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present. By Thomas Dilorenzo.


Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics. By P.J. O'Rourke. The funniest economics book ever written.


Economics in One Lesson. By Harry Hazlitt. Basic introduction to the fallacies in government attempts to regulate private enterprise. A classic introduction to economic thinking. Assumes no prior knowledge. If you want to understand economics and plan to read only one book on the subject, this should be it.

The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics. Edited by David R. Henderson. Covers almost all public policy issues in concise, understandable form. The place to start if you want to know how professional economists, rather than journalists or politicians, approach a particular economic issue.


The Myth of the Robber Barons. By Burton W. Folsom. Why Rockefeller, Carnegie, et al. were great men who helped humanity.




The Future of Money in the Information Age. James Dorn, editor. How electronic commerce can liberate us from the government monopoly on money.




Antitrust After Microsoft . By Dave Kopel (Chicago: Heartland Institute, 2001).


Antitrust: The Case for Repeal. By Dominick T. Armentano. Explains the flaws in the persecution of Microsoft and other recent cases, and shows why antitrust laws must be repealed, not reformed.


Winners, Losers & Microsoft. By Leibowitz and Margolis. Asking hard questions about the hi tech market and what anti-trust actions really achieve.


Trust on Trial: How the Microsoft Case is Reframing the Rules of Competition .By Richard B. McKenzie. How the Microsoft case is really about insulating Microsoft's rivals (such as Sun and Oracle) from competition, not about protecting consumers.


The Greatest Economists


The Wealth of Nations.By Adam Smith. Timeless economic classic.


Two Lucky People.By Milton and Rose Friedman. A Nobel Prize winner's life of discovery.


Capitalism and Freedom. By Milton Friedman. Why economic freedom is a necessary condition for political freedom.


Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton and Rose Friedman. A classic exposition of free market and personal freedom. Less abstract than Capitalism and Freedom, it contains more detailed examples. Many people find it easier to digest.


Marxism by Thomas Sowell.




For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization by Charles Adams. Not recommended around April 15, as Adams details how oppressive taxation shatters civilization with depressing regularity. Last chapter contains suggestions for taming the tax monster.


Taxing Choice. Edited by William Shughart II. How taxing "politically incorrect" activities actually benefits certain special interest groups.


Investments and Markets


A Random Walk Down Wall Street. By Burton G. Malkiel. A classic on investment theory. Argues that investors cannot use past price information to predict future prices. An accessible presentation of the "efficient markets" hypothesis.


The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. By Andrew Tobias. A decades old primer that still provides one of the best introductions to personal finance around. Keep it handy for resisting temptation when your broker tries to sell you the latest hot investment vehicle.


Stocks for the Long Run: A Guide to Selecting Markets for Long-Term Growth by Jeremy J. Siegel. One of the most balanced and complete books ever written about equity investing.


Yes, You Can...Achieve Financial Independence. By James E. Stowers. The Founder and President of the Twentieth Century Mutual Funds explains money, interest, financial planning, and investing in a clear, concise fashion. Excellent for keeping one's perspective.


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Bad Teachers: The Essential Guide for Concerned Parents. By Guy Strickland. Offering innovative, on-target solutions to a pervasive problem.

Homeschooling for Excellence: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education-and Why You Absolutely Must. By David and Micki Colfax. A resource book on Homeschooling.


Home Schooling: The Right Choice. By Christopher Klicka. Practical information on Home Schooling.


The Montessori Method. By Maria Montessori. An educational method based on treating all persons with respect, individualized learning, and individual responsibility.


The Twelve Year Sentence. By William F. Rickenbacker. Radical views on compulsory schooling.

Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families.
By Sheldon Richman. How government schools have historically designed to make people submissive to the state, and why a free society should have educational freedom.


The Exhausted School: The First National Grassroots Speakout on the Right to School Choice. Edited by John Taylor Gatto. Literature on reforming public schools.

Dumbing Down Our Kids.
By Charles J. Sykes. A cogent, compelling look at what is wrong with American schools today. Discusses why schools fail students and what can be done about it. A must read if anyone you care about is enrolled in outcome-based "education."


The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn Hardcover by Diane Ravitch


Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice Paperback by Clint Bolick


The Schools We Need. By E.D. Hirsch, Jr. A history of the development of current thinking about education, why it impedes learning, and what can be done to restore American schools. A must read for anyone entering the education debate.


Books to Build On: A Grade-By-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers (Core Knowledge Series). by E.D. Jr Hirsch


The Core Knowledge Series edited by E.D. Hirsch. The Core Knowledge Foundation's suggested school curriculum for grades K through 6. A good reference for tracking what your child's school is doing. Titles in the series are:

Higher Education

The UnCivil University(Politics & Propaganda in American Education) by Gary A. Tobin

The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy by The Editors of Lingua Franca


Profscam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education. By Charles J. Sykes. Mr. Sykes excoriates the professoriate. While some professors still deserve respect for their devotion to scholarship and the seriousness with which they approach their professional responsibility to pass their knowledge to succeeding generations, many do not. Read why not in this informative polemic.


Inside American Education. By Thomas Sowell. How higher education reallys works. Read this before you start applying to college.


The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. By Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate. A meticulous record of the social engineering, indoctrination, censorship, and double standards that University administrators now inflict on American undergraduates and what can be done about it. 


The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley. Produced by law students in The Federalist Society, Berkeley campus chapter. How the proponents of quotas and political correctness use intimidation rather than logic, in attempt to silence dissent.


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Environment, Science, and Animal Rights


The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World. by Bjorn Lomborg.


Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media. by Patrick J. Michaels.

The Precautionary Principle : A Critical Appraisal of Environmental Risk Assessment.By Indur M. Goklany. The "precautionary principle" says that we should never do anything unless we are certain that it is safe. The author explains the terrible dangers of this rule.


Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense against Health Scares & Scams. By Steven J. Milloy (Cato Institute). Twelve lessons to help you see though health and safety frauds perpetrated by interest groups and perpetuated by the media. No prior scientific expertise required.


Apocalypse Not : Science, Economics, and Environmentalism. By Ben Bolch, Harold Lyons. Contrary to what you read in the newspapers, the sky actually is not falling. Read a review of this book by Dave Kopel.

Earth Report 2000, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Ron Bailey, Editor. Explains key issues and debunks myths, scientific and statistical.

Enviro-Capitalists: Doing Good while Doing Well. Terry Anderson and Donald Leal, editors.

Haunted Housing: How Toxic Scare Stories are Spooking the Public Out of House and Home.
By Cassandra Chrones Moore. Your house probably isn't as dangerous as the EPA would have you believe.

Like Us: Primate Portraits. By Robin Schwartz. Black and white photos. A great book for kids an adults.

Animal Liberation. By Peter Singer. The book that created the Animal Rights movement. Read a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


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Fiction and Literary Criticism


Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities. By John M. Ellis. A scholarly demolition of the current orthodoxies in literary criticism. Explains how race, gender, and class criticism combined with the language of deconstruction and the doctrine of political correctness to destroy the study of literature in American universities. Worth reading for the historical perspective alone.


The Oldest Dead White European Males: And Other Reflections on the Classics. By Bernard Knox. Why the Greeks are still important, despite what the p.c. lobby claims.

Ulysses. By James Joyce. The federal government attempted to prevent Americans from reading this book. The district court decision overturning the censorship order is one of the great free-speech opinions of all time. The book portrays a day in the life of Leonard Bloom, an ordinary Dubliner. One of the most magnificent uses of the English language since Shakespeare. The link is to the corrected edition of Ulysses, which fixes many errors in other editions that resulted from misreadings of Joyce's tiny handwriting. You may also want to purchase The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide through Ulysses, which explains the sometimes obscure references in Ulysses, and provides insightful commentary.

On the Road. By Jack Kerouac. The greatest American travel novel ever. Beatniks roam the land.

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. By Ken Kesey. How to find freedom in an insane world. Randall Patrick McMurphy leads the inmates of a mental institution in a revolt against the system, personified by Nurse Ratched. One of the most liberating books ever written.


Animal Farm. By George Orwell. One of the greatest allegories of all time. Animals revolt and take over a farm. Then some of the animals trick the other animals into submitting to murderous communism.

Huckleberry Finn. By Mark Twain. This, not Tom Sawyer or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is Twain's masterpiece (although the other two are still fun).


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Health and Health Care


Fatal Tradeoffs : Public and Private Responsibilities for Risk. By W. Kip Viscusi. The dangers of attempting to create a risk-free world.


Addiction is a Choice by Jeffrey Schaler. Demolishes the doctrine of irresponsibility for one's addictions and actions.




Smoking: Who has the Right? By Jeffrey Schaler & Magda E. Schaler. A libertarian view of the prohibition movements aimed at smoking and alcohol.


For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. By Jacob Sullum. The best expose of the junk science and petty tyranny which dominate the smoking prohibition movement.




The Food and Drink Police: America's Nannies, Busybodies, and Petty Tyrants by James T. Bennett & Thomas AJ. DiLorenzo.


Medical Care


Patient Power. By John Goodman and Gordon Musgrave. Health care reform based on consumer choice.

Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care? by Richard Epstein. If the government gives it to everyone for free, quality will be destroyed.


Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care and What We Can Do About It. By Joseph L. Bast, Richard C. Rue, and Stuart A. Wesbury, Jr. An excellent introduction to health care policy. If you want a solid introduction to the subject and have time for only one book, read this.


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The Founders' Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding. By Matthew Spalding (Editor). Just what it says, produced by the Heritage Foundation.


The Radicalism of the American Revolution.By Gordon S. Wood. How our revolution formed a democratic society.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Highlights from the life of the great man.


The Presidency of James Madison. By Robert Allen Rutland.


Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America. By Thomas G. West. West debunks the now popular notion that since the founding fathers of the U.S. owned slaves they were evil people and not worthy of respect. He carefully places the founding fathers in their historical context and examines their ideas and actions in that light. This book provides some much needed balance in an era where politically correct, and shallow, revisionist histories are all the rage.


The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech III. An anthropologist shows that contrary the contemporary myth portraying American Indians as sublime ecologists at one with nature, they were pretty much like everyone else. Some conserved resources, some wasted them, and all sought to shape the natural world to their purposes.


The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory. By Robert Remini. Wonderful celebration of one of the greatest days in American history. Read the review by Kopel.


Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. The classic study of the American political character.


Yankee Leviathan.By Richard Bensel. How Lincoln's Civil War precedents continue to affect the presidency today.


The Roosevelt Myth. By John T. Flynn. First published in 1948, and now reprinted in a 50th anniversary edition. A useful, but disturbing, corrective to the mass of books which have glossed over Franklin Delano Roosevelt's failures and flaws. President Clinton is apparently right that he and FDR have more in common than is commonly recognized.


Witness. By Whittaker Chambers. What Alger Hiss and the Soviets were really up to in the United States, not what the media say they were. How one man's deepening religious conviction led him to take a stand against the establishment of the day at enormous cost to himself.


I Chose Freedom.By Victor Kravchenko. A survivor of Soviet System tells his story.


Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First.By Mona Charen.


Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties by Paul Johnson. An excellent history of the twentieth century.




History of the Peloponnesian War. By Thucydides. The first book of military history. The decades-long war between Athens and Sparta.

Being Present: Growing up in Hitler's Germany.
By Willy Schumann. Memories of a boy's youth in the Third Reich. Shows how totalitarianism grows step by step, taking care not to push the culture too far too fast. Also shows the intense attention paid to youth education and character formation.

The Gulag Archipelago. By Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. An expose of Leninism and Soviet Communism for what it really was, written by an inmate of the prison camps.


The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. By Stephane Courtois et al.A group of researchers meticulously document the terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres perpetrated by Communist regimes around the world.

Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990. By George F. Will.


The Myth of Hitler's Pope: How Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis. By Rabbi David Dalin (Regnery 2005).


Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the Catholic Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis. By Ronald J. Rychlak (Spence 2005).





Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban. By William Maley (Editor). Just because they're gone doesn't mean that you can't read about them. After all, people still read books about their spiritual ancestor, Adolph Hitler. The book cover the Taliban from their creation to 1998, addressing such issues as how they rose; their oppression of women; the role of other Saudi Arabia, Russia, and others; the problems of foreign aid agencies; and how radically different the Taliban were from all previous Afghan governments.


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History of Ideas


Closing of the American Mind. By Allan Bloom. Argues that modern intellectual life has forgotten that some ideas are better than others.


From Magna Carta to Constitution: Documents in the Struggle for Liberty. David Brooks, editor.


The Varieties of Religious Experience. By William James. The great American philosopher's investigation of comparative religion.


The Future and its Enemies.By Virginia Postrel. The growing conflict over creativity, enterprise, and progress.


The Killing of History; How Literary Critics and Social Theorists are Murdering Our Past. By Keith Windshuttle. About how certain major events have been rewritten and misinterpreted.


In Denial: Historians, Communism, & Espionage. by John Earl Haynes.


Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. By Charles Mackay. Tulip mania, the Mississippi bubble, and other cases of mass delusion and hysteria.


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The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said. By Ross and Kathryn Petras. A collection of hilarious notes and quotes.


The Politically Correct Guide to American History. Tour de Force satire of tabloid journalism and loony political correctness.


Parliament of Whores. By P. J. O'Rourke. Not for everyone, but for those who share his sense of humor one of the funniest books ever written about how government works, or fails to. Some terrific description.


Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics. By P.J. O'Rourke. The great humorist explains why some countries are rich, and others are poor. A good introduction to basic economics, with far more laughs per page than most economics textbooks. The funniest economics book ever written.


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The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. by Edwin Meese.


Clarence Thomas : A Biography. By Andrew Peyton Thomas. A sympathetic, although sometimes critical, biography of the man who is emerging as the most intellectually influential Justice on the Supreme Court.


The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction. By Akhil Reed Amar. The most important book ever written about the Bill of Rights.


Origins of the Bill of Rights. by Leonard Levy.


The Excuse Factory: How Employment Law is Paralyzing the American Workplace. By Walter K. Olson. This book should spur outrage at government interference in the workplace.


Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics. By James. B. Jacobs and Kimberly Potter. The book addresses whether or not this class of laws help or exacerbate racial tensions in our society.


Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine. By Clay S. Conrad. How our jury system is under political and social attack. And how jurors can--and should--exercise their rights to jury independence.


May It Please the Court: 23 Live Recordings of Landmark Cases As Argued Before the Supreme Court, Including the Actual Voices of the Attorneys and Justices. Peter Irons and Stephanie Guitton, editors. Audio cassettes of some of the greatest oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Irons' commentary introducing the cases is biased and sometimes inaccurate, but the great lawyers themselves still shine through.


The Enterprise of Law: Justice without the State. By Bruce Benson. How law has existed historically, and can exist in the future, without the state.


To Serve and Protect.By Bruce Benson. Innovative private sector efforts to fight crime make criminal justice accountable and reduce unchecked state power.


Are Predatory Commitments Credible?By John Lott, Jr. A study of government antitrust action against companies accused of "predatory pricing" for setting prices too low.


Why Sovereignty Matters. By Jeremy Rabkin. A law professor at Cornell University who is also an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute shows in this study the threat to our constitutional system from supranational institutions and international agreements.


The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley. Produced by law students in The Federalist Society, Berkeley campus chapter. How the proponents of quotas and political correctness use intimidation rather than logic, in attempt to silence dissent.


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Politics and Government


Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts. by The Editors of Popular Mechanics. Especially needed by the sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome.


The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive?By Christopher Booker & Richard North (Continuum 2005).


Shakedown : Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson. By Kenneth R. Timmerman. A disturbing biography of the blackmailer and scam artist who is hidden himself in the civil rights movement.


Dependent on DC: The Rise of Federal Control over the Lives of Ordinary Americans. By Charlotte Twight. Explains the growth of government, with a particular focus on how government insiders raise the transaction costs of challenging or examining government programs.


The Strange Death of Vincent Foster : An Investigation.By Christopher Ruddy. The author comes to no conclusions, but does provide extensive evidence that the official version of Foster's death is implausible.


At Any Cost : How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election.By Bill Sammon. Details the incredible audacity of how an attempted election theft was portrayed as a demand for an honest count.


Official Lies: how Washington Misleads Us. By James T. Bennett & Thomas J. DiLorenzo. How government bureaucracy manipulates the public and wastes their money.


No One Left To Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton.By Christopher Hitchens. A cheerful attack on a crooked President and his corrupt administration.


The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy.By Thomas Sowell. The mindset behind the failed social policies of the last 30 years.


The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics. By Major Garrett and Timothy J. Penny. A journalist and a former Congressman explain some of the hokum.

How Much is You Vote Worth? The Unfairness of Campaign Spending Limits.
By Filip Palda.


Justice and Law Enforcement


The Politics of Bad Faith: The Radical Assault on America's Future. By David Horowitz. Essays outlining the evolution of the Left and why its unwavering devotion to "social justice" logically requires that it crush individual liberty the American experiment. A good lay introduction to political philosophy.

Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen. By James Bovard. The threat to our liberties by ever encroaching government bureaucracy.


Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty. By James Bovard. Covers abuses from the IRS to the BATF to the Department Justice, and more.


Absolute Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department. By David Limbaugh. Best-selling expose of the most lawless Department of Justice in American history.


Above the Law : Police and the Excessive Use of Force. By Jerome H. Skolnick & James J. Fyfe. The best book every written about this subject.


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Political Philosophy


The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman. By David Boaz. Selections from dozens of great thinkers.


Libertarianism: A Primer. Edited by David Boaz.


What it Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation. By Charles Murray. Demonstrates how life in a free society will be better for many non-economic reasons.


What it Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation. By Charles Murray. Demonstrates how life in a free society will be better for many non-economic reasons.


The Road to Serfdom. By F.A. Hayek. The vicious cycle of government control.


The Constitution of Liberty. By F.A. Hayek. A systematic defense of individual freedom and rule of law.


The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. Collection of Works by F.A. Hayek .The flawed logic behind government attempts to control the economy.


Two Treatises of Government.By John Locke. The 1689 masterpiece that laid the groundwork for the American Revolution.


The Spirit of the Laws. By Baron de Montesquieu. A classic that influenced the Founding Fathers.


The Law. By Frederic Bastiat. A compelling case for limited government, by one of the early 19th century's most persuasive authors.

Citizen Jefferson: The Wit and Wisdom of an American Sage.Ed. by John P. Kaminski.


The Portable Thomas Jefferson by Merrill D. Peterson. A collection of the great man's writings.


Jefferson: Writings by Merrill D. Peterson. Public and Private Papers, Addresses and Letters, life chronology.


The Federalist Papers. By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. (Clinton Rossiter, ed.)


The Anti-Federalist. By Herbert Storing. Arguments against centralized government


What the Anti-Federalists Were For.By Herbert Storing. A fresh look at a maligned group.


James Madison: Writings: Writings 1772-1836. by James Madison

Democracy in America. by Alexis de Tocqueville.

The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom by Arthur M. Schlesinger. Contrast Schlesinger's late 1940s call for a vigorous anti-Stalin policy with President Clinton's use of "The Vital Center" to describe his anti-liberty, poll-driven policies.


Telling the Truth: Why Our Culture and Our Country Have Stopped Making Sense- and What We Can Do About It. By Lynne V. Cheney. A treatise about the struggle to maintain intellectual freedom in an ever more politically correct society.


Cato's Letters: Essays on Liberty by John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon. These newspaper essays, published in Britain from 1720 to 1723, argued forcefully against despotism, and in favor of liberty. They were the single most important source of political philosophy in colonial America.


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Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. By Joel Best. Best surveys some of the worst "statistics" created by interest groups. He starts with "the worst social statistic ever," namely "Every year since 1950, the number of American children gunned down has doubled." Best points out that this would have meant 35 trillion child gun deaths in 1995. The book explains how interest groups invent or manipulate statistics, and how a gullible, biased media disseminate them. Among the infamous "statistics" which Best debunks are claims that 10% of Americans are gay, that 150,000 women die every year from anorexia, and the attendance at Louis Farrakhan's "Million" Man March. The book explains how interest groups invent or manipulate statistics, and how a gullible, biased media disseminate them. This book is a wonderful tool for learning how to separate good data from lies.


American Dictionary of the English Language. By Noah Webser. Facsimile of the 1828 First Edition.


Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History. William Safire editor.


The Privacy Rights Handbook. A guide to keeping your online activities hidden from prying eyes.


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Second Amendment

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History and Legal History


For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by Clayton E. Cramer. The best legal history of the right to arms, in both federal and state courts. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.

That Every Man May be Armed by Stephen P. Halbrook. Shorter than the Cramer book, above, but still a good survey of the right to arms, from origins in classical philosophy, up to modern times. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


A Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P. Halbrook. Examines the development of the right to arms in the thirteen original states plus Vermont.


Origins and Development of the Second Amendment: A Sourcebook, by David T. Hardy. A compact (95 pages) presentation of the 75 most important documents about the right to keep and bear arms. Each is a few paragraphs long, accompanied by commentary from Hardy. From ancient Saxon law all the way to American Supreme Court cases, this book provides an outstanding survey of original sources.


Gun Control and the Constitution,edited by Robert Cottrol (Garland Press). Law professor Cottrol has collected the most important state and federal cases dealing with gun control, as well as the leading law review articles on the topic. There's an expensive three-volume collection (link to first volume), as well as an affordable one-volume paperback of the best of the best. Cottrol has scrupulously balanced the pro- and anti-rights articles, but in a fair fight, the anti-rights articles look very weak.


The Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights in Commentaries on Liberty, Free Government & an Armed Populace. David E. Young, editor. Every single original documentary source about the origin of the Second Amendment.


Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic: Dueling, Southern Violence and Moral Reform. by Clayton Cramer. Great historical perspective.


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Current Laws


Gun Laws of America by Alan Korwin. All of the federal gun laws, collected in one volume, and explained in plain English. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


Alan Korwin's guides to state gun laws: Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.


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Social Science, Criminology, and Current Policy Questions


Targeting Guns: Firearms and their Control.By Gary Kleck. This book is a paperback, updated edition of Kleck's award-winning book Point-Blank. Everything that can be quantified about guns in America is in here: How many guns there are, how often guns are used for crime and use defensively, the impact of gun control laws on gun crime, public opinion: about guns, and much much more. If you can only afford one book about gun policy, this is the book.


Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control.By Gary Kleck & Don Kates. Kopel's review.


The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms & Violence , by Gary Kleck, Don Kates, et al. The authors to address a variety of important issues in the modern gun control debate, including: flaws in the arguments for banning handguns, media bias, the flawed "public health" case against guns, the frequency and nature of defensive gun use, and self-defense as a Second Amendment right.


Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America. By Dr. Gary Kleck. Social science analysis of every aspect of the gun issue. Winner of the American Society of Criminology's Hindelang Prize, for the most significant contribution to criminology in a three-year period. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


Guns: Who Should Have Them? David B. Kopel, editor. Kopel and other authors examine gun ownership as a feminist issue, "assault weapons," gun control as race control, the Brady Bill, gun control and public health, and children and guns.


Armed and Considered Dangerous. By James D. Wright & Peter Rossi. A comprehensive study of criminals and how they use and acquire guns. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


Under the Gun. By James D. Wright, Peter Rossi, & Kathleen Daly. The first comprehensive study of firearms and firearms crime in American society. Although published in the early 1980s, still very valuable. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.


The Gun Culture and its Enemies. Edited by William R. Tonso. Sociologist Tonso brings together a wide collection of scholars to cover cultural issues related to guns and gun control. Among the best essays are Mississippi civil rights worker John Salter's first-hand on the widespread use of protective firearms in the civil rights movement in the South, during the 1960s; Don Kates and Nicole Varzos dissecting the assertion that gun owners like guns because they are phallic symbols; A.D. Olmstead on the culture of gun collecting; and a case study by Dave Kopel of media bias in the coverage of gun control.


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Gun Control and Gun Rights in other Nations


Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. By Stephen P. Halbrook. How Switzerland's universal militia service and widespread ownership of weapons of war prevented Hitler from executing his plan to destroy the last democracy on Germany's borders--and the only border nation which Hitler failed to conquer. Read Dave Kopel's book review of Target Switzerland, first published in "The American Enterprise" magazine.

The Samurai, The Mountie, and The Cowboy. By David B. Kopel. Named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology. Examines gun control in Japan, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Switzerland, and the United States.The thesis is that gun laws need to match a society's culture, and repressive gun laws are therefore unsuited for the United States.

Gun Control in Great Britain: Saving Lives or Constricting Liberty? By David B. Kopel. Paperback expands on the material from the British chapter in The Samurai (above). The sad fate of Britain's gun owners shows what happens when gun owners, in a desire to appear "reasonable" accept one restrictive law after another; British gun owners began this century with a strong right to own and carry firearms. Today, they have only a very restricted privilege to own shotguns and some rifles, for the limited number of sporting purposes which the government deems suitable. The decline in gun rights has been accompanied by a massive increase in gun crime.

To Keep and Bear Arms. By Joyce Lee Malcolm. The origin of the right to arms in 17th century England, and that right's transmission to America.


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Special Topics


No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It. By David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman. A Main Selection of the Conservative Book Club.


Former gun control activist Paxton Quigley caused a sensation with her book Armed & Female, which urged women to protect themselves. She followed it up with Not an Easy Target, a detailed self-defense manual for women.


Safe not Sorry: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Safe in a Violent Age. By Tanya Metaksa. The book covers safety in the home in automobiles, and everywhere else.


The Best Defense. By Robert A. Waters. Human interest stories of people who have successfully defended themselves with a firearm. It explores what's at stake in the law-abiding citizen's fight against crime.


Dial 911 and Die. By Stephens and Turner. Examples of reliance on police protection misplaced.


The Mitzvah.By Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith. One of the most important Second Amendment novels ever published.


The Sacred Art of Hunting: Myths, Legends and the Modern Mythos.By James A. Swan, Ph.D. Considers the hunting instinct in man with the modern vocal anti-hunting movement.


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General Overview


Gun Control=People Control. Collection of William F. Tonso's essays from Reason, Chronicles, Gun Week, and other publications.


Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns. By J. Neil Schulman. Essays on the defensive value of guns, the grammar of the Second Amendment, and more. The Amazon website includes a review of this book by Dave Kopel.

Self Control, Not Gun Control. By J. Neil Schulman. Essays from the award-winning science fiction author.


Guns, Crime, and Freedom.By Wayne LaPierre. This book amazed everyone in the publishing industry by hitting the national best-seller lists. It's a good introduction to the gun issue, and covers most of the major current topics, such as waiting periods carrying handguns, self-defense, and Sarah Brady's agenda.


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Pro and Con


The champion of the "pro and con" genre is The Gun Control Debate: A Documentary History, edited by Marjolijn Bijlefeld. You get 205 documents, ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length. The topics include the modern controversies--such as suing gun companies, public opinion, and public health--as well as history of the origins of the second amendment. The documents are a nice, well-balanced selection of some of the best writing on heat side of the issue.


Gun Control: Opposing Viewpointsis part of the "Opposing Viewpoints" series from Greenhaven Press. The series is aimed at high school and college civics and current events-type classes, and provides students (or other readers) with a meticulously balanced series of magazine-sized essays.


The Gun Control Debate: You Decide, edited by Lee Nisbet is more scholarly. Nisbet has collected excerpts from 24 major academic articles dealing with the gun culture, controlling violence, the risks and benefits of gun ownership for self-defense, and the Second Amendment


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Newer Books


Guns and Violence: The English Experience. by Joyce Lee Malcolm.


Outgunned: True Stories of Citizens Who Stood Up to Outlaws--and Won.  by Robert A. Waters


Death by "Gun Control": The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament. by Aaron S Zelman.


The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich. by Stephen Halbrook.


The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth About Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment. by Richard Poe.


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Social Issues


The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds.By Tammy Bruce. By Tammy Bruce. Formerly the head of the Southern California chapter of the National Organization of Women, lesbian feminist Tammy Bruce details the hard lefts war against freedom of thought and speech and the incredible mismanagement at the National Organization of Women.


Ten Things You Can't Say in America. By Larry Elder. The talk show host of KABC Radio in Los Angeles speaks out on sacred cow issues.


Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History. By B.J. Burkett and Glenna Whitley. Most Vietnam vets are well-adjusted, contributing members of society. Skewers the myths about those who fought. Unmasks the liars and fakes. Shows where we can save some taxpayer money, too. 


Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society. By Peter McWilliams & Jean Sedillos. Why America should not have 750,000 people in prisons and jails for consensual "crimes."




The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy. By Stephanie Gutmann .


Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media...By John Stossel.


Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News.By Bernard Goldberg. The bestseller dissects television news in general and CBS in particular to show how political correctness is far more important than the truth on television news.


Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism. By William McGowan. By William McGowan. Focuses primarily on the New York Times to detail the current print media's appalling dishonesty regarding issues of race, sex, immigration, and sexual orientation.




The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War(Accurate Press, 2004).


Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs. by James P. Gray


Pass the Test: An Employee Guide to Drug Testing,By Dr. Beverly Potter J. Sebastian Orfali. Topics include legal substances which cause false positives, how long various substances stay in one's body, and the legal rights of employees.


Shattered Lives: Portraits From America's Drug War.By Mikki Norris, Virginia Resner, Chris Conrad. A collection of personal experiences.

The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War: Criminal Justice in the Commons.
By David W. Rasmussen and Bruce Benson. How changes in the forfeiture laws created the current drug war, and how the drug war reduces police enforcement of laws against property crime.


Race and Ethnicity


Creating Equal : My Fight Against Race Preferences. by Ward Connerly.


Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. by John McWhorter


Black Rednecks and White Liberals. by Thomas Sowell.


Ethnic America: A History. By Thomas Sowell. A history of immigrant groups in America. A solidly researched book by a noted scholar, its conclusions about what undergirds immigrant progress have been willfully ignored by many in the policy establishment.


The Disuniting of America/Reflections on a Multicultural Society. By Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. The great liberal historian explains why our common identity as Americans is more important than our diverse ethnic backgrounds.


Liberal Racism. By Jim Sleeper. How liberals went from champions of individual responsibility to promoters of the notion that racial differences shape one's identities and opinions.


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


The Content of Our Character. By Shelby Steele. A thoughtful look at affirmative action and quotas.




The Kinder, Gentler Military: How Political Correctness Affects Our Ability to Win Wars. By Stephanie Gutmann. Details how politically-driven demands for equality of results, rather than equality of opportunity have drastically lowered the standards of combat readiness in the military.


The War against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men. By Christina Hoff Sommers.


Who Stole Feminism? By Christina Hoff Summers. How feminism's original focus on civil equality was replaced by p.c.-mania. A must read if you believe the American Association of University Women's study that schools give girls short shrift.


Defending Pornography : Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights. By Nadine Strossen. The ACLU's President explains how the alliance of right-wing prudes and left-wing heterophobes is dangerous to the freedom of women.


Divided Labours: An Evolutionary View of Women at Work.By Kingsley R. Browne.


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Losing Ground by Charles Murray. How welfare programs have failed, and, more importantly, why they will always do so.

The Tragedy of American Compassion. By Marvin Olasky. How government programs crowd out more effective, more compassionate private welfare programs.

The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in the Civil Society. By Michael Tanner. The Cato Institute's welfare expert shows how to abolish the failed welfare system.

Out of Work by Richard Vedder & Lowell Gallaway. Classical economists look at jobs, the labor market, and government interference.


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