This reading list is a work in progress.  The idea is to collect materials informing our understanding of Americanism.

Baier, Bret

  • Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission (2017)
  • Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (2018)
  • Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II (2019)

Barr, William P.

Bauer, Susan Wise

  • The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
  • The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

Bennett, William

  • The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories (1993)
  • America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War (2006)
  • America: The Last Best Hope (Volume II): From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom (2007)
  • The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America (2008 with John Cribb)

Buckley, Jr., William F.

  • God and Man at Yale (1951)

de Tocqueville, Alexis

  • Democracy in America (vol. 1 1935, vol. 2 1940)

Dickstein, Morris

  • The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays on Social Thought, Law, and Culture

Friedman, Milton

  • Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
  • A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, with Anna J. Schwartz (1963)
  • Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (1980)

Friedrichs, Rebecca

  • Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country (2018)

Gaddis, John Lewis

  • The Cold War: A New History (2005)
  • On Grand Strategy (2018)

Gardner Coates, Victoria

  • David’s Sling, A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art

Goldwater, Barry

  • The Conscience of a Conservative (1960)

Greenblatt, Stephen

  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011)
  • The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (2017)

Gregg, Samuel

  • Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization (2019)

Hanson, Victor Davis

  • Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (2003)
  • The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost – From Ancient Greece to Iraq (2013)
  • The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won (2017)
  • The Case for Trump (2019)

Hayek, Friedrich

  • The Road to Serfdom (1944)
  • The Constitution of Liberty (1960)
  • The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (1988)

Herman, Arthur

  • The Idea of Decline in Western History
  • How the Scots Invented the Modern World

Hershel, Abraham J.

  • God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism (1955)
  • Between God and Man: An Interpretation of Judaism (1965)

Kass, Amy et al.

  • What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (2013)

Kass, Leon

  • Being Human: Core Readings in the Humanities (2004)
  • The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (2006)
  • Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times (2017)

Kethledge, Raymond M. and Michael S. Erwin

  • Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude

Kirk, Russell

  • The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (7th ed. 2001)

Levin, Mark

  • Men in Black: How The Supreme Court is Destroying America
  • Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
  • Plunder and Deceit: Big Governments Exploitation of Young People and the Future
  • Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism
  • Unfreedom of the Press

McClay, Wilfred

  • Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story (2019)

Menard, Louis

  • The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
  • Pragmatism: A Reader

Mill, John Stuart

  • On Liberty (1859)

Peterson, Jordan

  • Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999)
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018)

Prager, Dennis

  • The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (1986) (with Joseph Telushkin)
  • Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism (2003) (with Joseph Telushkin)
  • Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (2013)
  • The Rational Bible: Exodus (2018)
  • The Rational Bible: Genesis (2019)

Rand, Ayn

  • The Fountainhead (1943)
  • Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966) (et al.)
  • Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1979)

Schweikart, Larry (et al.)

  • California Bankers (1994)
  • A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror (2004) (with Michael Allen)
  • 48 Liberal Lies About American History: (That You Probably Learned in School) (2008)
  • The Patriot’s History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American (2011) (with Dave Dougherty and Michael Allen)
  • A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, Vol. I: From America’s Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb, 1898-1945 (2012) (with Dave Dougherty)
  • A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, Vol. II: From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement, 1945-2012 (2013) (with Dave Dougherty)
  • How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution (2017) (with Joel Pollak)

Smith, Adam

  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
  • The Wealth of Nations (1776)

Sowell, Thomas

  • A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles (1987)
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (1995)
  • The Quest for Cosmic Justice (1999)
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals (2005)
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies (2008)
  • Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays (2010)
  • The Thomas Sowell Reader (2011)
  • Intellectuals and Society (2nd ed., 2012)
  • Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (5th ed., 2015)

Tarnas, Richard

  • The Passion of the Western Mind


  • Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers (1787-1788)

Weaver, Richard M.

  • Ideas Have Consequences (1948)



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