Below is a list of some of the best books I have ever read. They have all contributed to my ideology in some form or fashion, and they are all highly recommended. If you have any ideas of other books I should read, based on the list below, please do not hesitate to let me know in the comments!
Witness, by Whittaker Chambers. I previously referenced this work before, in a column describing how Chambers eerily predicted the demise of the Conservative Movement when it was founded by William Buckley.
Of course, Chambers was right about Conservatism, Inc. – just as he was right about the Communist infiltration of the Government, up to the highest levels. Viciously persecuted in his own lifetime, he was accused by the media and cultural elites of pathological lying and insanity. Plus c’est change.
More than just a spy thriller or political memoir, Witness is a story of redemption and hope. It is also a story of truth. Chambers was not afraid to call out Communism for what it was – a soulless pseudo-religion based on Satanic lies. Chambers – more than any ‘conservative’ clown – boldly and courageously fought against Marxism and its never-ending subversion. He succeeded only by God’s grace.
A prophet never honored in his hometown, Chambers realized his defection from Communism to freedom was a choosing of the “losing side.” He knew this in 1938.
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy is famous for writing not to present a plot and its resolution, but to present Life in its entirety. Anna Karenina, another tale of redemption, succeeds to an incredible extent in this regard.
It is disturbing to think that only 45 years after this novel ‘occurred,’ Russia would be wracked by one of the most evil revolutions in history. All of the scenes of goodness and beauty presented in this novel would be erased, forever. Anna Karenina lifted the veil from my eyes on a famous Marxist narrative: that the Russian peasantry were utterly miserable and destitute because of their overlords’ ‘oppression.’ Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Radical Son, by David Horowitz. This is an incredible, true story of one man’s journey from the progressive (read: Communist) Left to the Right. Horowitz’ insights and gripping accounts of the deception, violence, and thuggery of the institutional Left is as relevant today as it was during the 1960s. Horowitz, having been a Marxist community organizer, does not shy away from drawing direct parallels from the Communism of yesteryear to today’s social-justice movement.
While Horowitz has not yet been red-pilled on the issue of race (he still believes the Civil Rights Movement was ultimately a net positive for American society), he is nonetheless unafraid to tear apart the Left for its encouragement of black-on-white racial violence and bigotry. Now a fearless advocate for Donald Trump, he is both a sharp critic of the NeverTrumpers and the Left. The fighting spirit he has for decades begged the Right to adopt has finally come to fruition with Trump’s candidacy, as well as with the rise of the ‘take-no-prisoners’ alt-right.
The Book of Concord, various authors. An excellent summary of the beliefs and practices of the often-neglected Lutheran faith. Containing catechisms, creeds, confessions, apologetics and refutations, the profound insights of Luther and his followers are laid out in an eloquent (and often entertaining) fashion.
Lutheranism is notable for arising from a truly conservative revolution. Unlike earlier and later radicals, Luther had no desire to destroy the Church, only to correct abuses in its doctrine and practices. He and others would be truly shocked to see the state of the movement today.
The Socialist Phenomenon, by Igor Schafarevich. Perhaps the best political treatise I have ever read. Schafarevich, a Russian mathematician, sociologist, and Soviet dissident, examines the practice of socialism through the ages, from from psychological, historical, and spiritual perspectives.
Schafarevich argues, with plenty of evidence, that all socialist movements throughout history share in common certain key ideological traits, pointing to a deep underlying psychology. Socialism is based on the rejection of the Incarnation – that the material world is an intrinsically good thing – and thus establishes itself as a kind of death cult.
Sadly, all physical copies of this book are very expensive on Amazon.com – but you can download a free PDF of the book here. A must-read.
A Conservative History of the American Left, by Daniel J. Flynn. I am unfamiliar with Flynn’s politics (though I know he writes a sports column for Breitbart), but even if he is a NeverTrumper, this book is fantastic. It examines the Left’s role in American history, from its early utopian cults to the labor movement to Hillary herself.
This book is actually responsible for my rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement. It was a movement directly funded by the Left and steeped in the Social Gospel. The cynical tactics of the movement’s leaders – ranging from sit-ins, to the use of children as pawns against the mentally unwell “Bull” Connor – is sickening.
Confessions, by Saint Augustine. A deeply moving, very powerful, and very humble work – and I’m not even done with it yet! Augustine truly lives out the parable of the Prodigal Son. His extreme intelligence points him away from God, and into a life of debauchery, wantonness, and association with the bizarre cult of the Manichees.
Nevertheless, God stays by Augustine through all trials he encounters, and all the foolishness he brings on himself. Augustine’s deep knowledge of the Bible is applied remarkably to the events of his life – proving that though we might fall from God, our hearts always “will be restless” until they find true rest in Him.
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. For obvious reasons.
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