Book Recs (nonfiction)

This list is forever being added to.  If you think there are some important texts missing, write to us and let us know!

This list is broken down into four categories.  Classical texts refer to texts written prior to the modern period, which includes just about everything from antiquity into the medieval period.  I’ve left off many of the Romans from this list only because I haven’t personally read enough of them to include specific recommendations out of their corpuses.  Obviously folks like Seneca and Cicero belong on here, and I’ll add them as I get around to it.  Modern texts refer to works from the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries and onward, stretching up to about the mid-twentieth century.  Your counter-Enlightenment thinkers, counter-Revolutionaries, and interwar curmudgeons all fall in here, as well as a number of additions that aren’t specifically political.  Finally, I split the Contemporary category into two segments: politics and social commentary on one hand, and philosophical and religious books on the other, all of which have been written sometime in the last forty or fifty years.

Most of this list is arranged in alphabetical order, for ease of navigation.  I will be writing a guide in the coming months.  For those interested in recommended reading, I advise you to skip down to the contemporary books before tackling the classical sources, particularly in the cases of Aristotle and Aquinas.  Neo-Scholastics are usually the best place to start with that sort of thing.

Classical Texts

The Holy Bible (Douay-Rheims)

The Complete Works of Plato, specifically

The Complete Works of Aristotle, specifically
Nicomachean Ethics
On the Soul

St. Augustine
The City of God Against the Pagans
On Genesis

St. Thomas Aquinas
Summa Theologica
Summa Contra Gentiles

Marcus Aurelius –
The Meditations

Gregory of Nyssa
Life of Moses

Herodotus –
The Histories

The Enneads

History of the Peloponnesian War

Modern Texts

The Federalist Papers (various writers)

The Black Book of Communism (various writers)

Edmund Burke
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Letters on the Regicide Peace

John C. Calhoun –
Discourse on the Constitution of the United States

G.K. Chesterton
The Everlasting Man
What’s Wrong With the World?

Juan Donoso Cortez –
Liberalism and Socialism, Considered in their Fundamental Principles

Friedrich Hayek
The Road to Serfdom

Bertrand de Jouvenel
On Power

Russel Kirk
The Conservative Mind

Soren Kierkegaard
Works of Love
Stages on Life’s Way

Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Times

C.S. Lewis
The Abolition of Man
The Screwtape Letters
Mere Christianity

Joseph de Maistre
Essay on the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions
Considerations on France
On the Pope

Heinrich A. Rommen
The State in Catholic Thought

Wilhelm Röpke
A Humane Economy

Fulton Sheen
The Life of Christ

Alexander Solzhenitsyn –
The Gulag Archipelago

Alexis de Tocqueville

Carle Zimmerman –
Family and Civilization

Contemporary Social Commentary/Politics

Jacques Barzun
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 Years to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

Philippe Bénéton –
Equality by Default: An Essay on Modernity as Confinement

Alexander Boot
How the West Was Lost
How the Future Worked
Democracy as a Neocon Trick

Pat Buchanan
The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization

Angelo Codevilla
The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

Ann Coulter
Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole

Hans Herman Hoppe
Democracy: The God that Failed

Roger Kimball
The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art

Ryszard Legutko
The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Ilana Mercer
Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa

Paul Rahe
Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect

Robert C. Reilly
Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything
The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamic Crisis

John P. Safranek
The Myth of Liberalism

Sir Roger Scruton
The Meaning of Conservatism
Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

Mark Steyn
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

Contemporary Philosophy/Theology

Christopher A. Beeley
The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in the Patristic Tradition

J. Budziszewski
What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide
Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law

Daniel Lane Craig
Reasonable Faith (with J.P. Mooreland)

Edward Feser
Scholastic Metaphysics
Five Proofs for the Existence of God
Aristotle’s Revenge

Pierre Hadot –
What is Ancient Philosophy?

Thaddeus J. Kozinski
The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Can’t Solve It

John Lawrence Hill
After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports our Modern Moral and Political Values

Peter Kreeft
Back to Virtue
A Summa of the Summa
Handbook of Catholic Apologetics (with Ronald Tacelli)

Robert Spitzer
Finding True Happiness: Satisfying our Restless Hearts
The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason
God So Loved the World: Clues to Our Transcendent Destiny from the Revelations of Jesus
The Light Shines On in the Darkness: Transforming Suffering through Faith

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

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