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In honor of the holiday season, I've compiled a list of the top ten selling books for 2011 via the DP on Amazon.  And since it is interesting, I've also assembled the complete list of all books purchased by DPers this year! I hope this will inspire you in your holiday shopping. Don't forget, Amazon is more than just books. Again, any purchases made at Amazon using the below links as an entry point to Amazon will benefit the Daily Paul - at no cost to you.

Thank you for your continued support of Liberty!

Michael Nystrom

And now, without further ado:

Top 10 Sellers on the Daily Paul:

  1. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
  2. The Revolution: A Manifesto
  3. 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read
  4. End The Fed
  5. Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
  6. It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom
  7. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
  8. A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship
  9. Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century
  10. Atlas Shrugged

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I wonder if you could update

I wonder if you could update this list from time to time. I love these lists!

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

Did I miss it or has the most important Book ever been passed up

I didn't see the Bible listed.

Hopefully, because it is assumed everyone reads it, but nowadays, eh, not so much, to our hurt.

I would also recommend "How Satan Turned America Against God" by William Grady.

Probably the most important book I read aside from the Bible is a book on etymology. There are many to choose from.

My favorite is "Dictionary of Word Origins" by Joseph T. Shipley Etymology is the study of word origins.

When you learn the meanings of root words and how they developed and the meanings of prefixes and suffixes, you will develop a greater understanding of what it means to say what you mean and mean what you say.
You'll also understand more of what people write who mean exactly what you say. For example, this book has helped me understand the Bible (King James Bible, of course) better than any preacher, teacher, commentary or Bible Dictionary ever has!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

The Declaration of

The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America by Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
Flim Flam by James Randi

I have a bad habit of getting a few chapters in and starting a new book.

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Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson....

Here is a very interesting fact I learned: During the few days of debate between the delegates of the first Congress as to approving the Declaration of Independence this clause was struck out per the "complaisance to South Carolina and Georgia".
"He (king) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."

Think about it! What a historical shift was made in that omission.
Less than 100 years later, over 600,000 Americans would die in order to settle this issue.
Enough said. Thomas Jefferson did his best.

"I just want to live in a free country" - Dr. Ron Paul

What It Maans To Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray

Also great (and listed above): Economics In One Lesson

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Butler Shaffer's

"Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System:

Loved it!

And the free-market, through private, charitable donations, makes it available at no cost, if you wish.

"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise." - Benjamin Franklin

i'm reading "debt: the first

i'm reading "debt: the first 5,000 years" by David Graeber, and my mind is blown. two months ago, i also finished benjamin tucker's translation of pierre proudhon's "what is property".

3 books that should be on this list

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
The Secrets of the Federal Reserve.
Restoring the American Dream.
Thrive, What in the World is it going to take?
Find out here!

post Civil War slave autobiographies:

Truth Stranger Than Fiction by Josiah Henson

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington


Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

[a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure on individuals toward conformity]

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Currently reading Orwell's

Currently reading Orwell's '1984'. Worth a mention on the list, I think.


Happy Libertarian

The Law should be on the top

The Law should be on the top ten.

I agree about "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat

Dr. Paul was asked if he had to recommend one book for others to read and he said The Law.

I would also like to recommend Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan. It talks about taking a principled stance based on core values. If you read it, it sounds like how Dr. Paul lives and acts.

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If you're interested in 9/11 books..

.. I just started this one and like it alot:

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No joke - I ordered a book from Amazon

at about 10pm last night, and it just got delivered to my door - 2:15pm, the next day.

I know they have a fulfillment center in New Hampshire, and I'm in Boston, so it is not that far. They're using some kind of private courier - it is not UPS or the Postal service. Just some dude in a white Ford Taurus! His car was filled with packages. Like a little Santa.

Seriously - Amazon takes customer service seriously. Back after the crash, I thought they might go out of business. But they have really been an incredible company. Check out the stock:

- - - - -

(The book, BTW is Energy Medicine, about which I've heard nothing but good things.)

That's great and all, but...

Ever since I signed up with Amazon, my inbox has been CRUSHED with spam! It's at the point where I am afraid to open my e-mail.

Their customer service could be better in my opinion!

Challenge everything and the path will be clear.

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You can solve that easily

By following these steps:

  • On, log in to your account.
  • Click on the "Your account" link in the upper right corner of the home page.
  • The third section down is called "Settings" - Password, Prime & E-mail
  • Click on the link titled "E-mail Preferences & Notifications"
  • On that page is a section that says: "Send me marketing e-mail from the following categories:" If there are any categories of interest to you there, you can check them.
  • If you don't want to receive any email at all, check the box that says:
    - - - -
    Do not send me marketing e-mail
    Check this box to stop receiving all marketing communications (except transactional e-mails, subscription emails and email about programs you are enrolled in).
    - - - -

That should take care of it for you.

I have that box checked. The only emails I get from Amazon are: 1) When I buy something, I get an order confirmation; 2) Once that order is shipped, I get an email notifying me of that.

I don't consider those spam. Actually, I like them. The second email give you a little dopamine hit - "Ah, my thing in on the way."

Does that help?

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O'Reilly's stooges caught up on Amazon

Hey, here is the status on O'Reilly's Lincoln book reviews on Amazon:

2,411 Reviews
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this may come in handy at some point

Making Algae Biodiesel at Home 2012 Edition: How To Make All the Fuel You'll Ever Need...At Home

anything about getting off the energy grid is good!

RP R3VOLution


I highly recommend The Most Dangerous Superstition.

Read Dabooda's comment on the Amazon link.

Larken Rose is my favorite

Larken Rose is my favorite living "natural" anarchist.

The way he breaks it down in an uncluttered, untechnical way is without peer.

He's our generations Lysander Spooner.

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Nice. Thanks

Any more recommendations?

Anything by RAH

Robert A Heinlein, Master of American science fiction.
'The moon is a harsh Mistress'
Personally, I am looking for a copy of 'Take back your Government' (rare and expensive).
Currently finishing up 'Allan Quatermaine' by Haggard, thanks for asking :)
G. Edward Griffin's World Without Cancer is a must...
Gotta go, Library limits me to a half an hour

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I Choose Liberty by Walter Block

used the link from DP today

to order some things from Amazon including more Liberty Defined books and the Atlas Shrugged movie (Christmas gift).

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Thank you!

I really appreciate it!

Every little bit helps.

quick question. I have my

quick question. I have my amazon account saved to my browser so I can just navigate to and buy books.

I also make heavy use of the wishlist.

If there are books that are already in my wishlist or cart and all i do is use the link from DP to get to amazon, log in automacitally, then just complete the transaction, do you get the credit?

Or do I have to do the entire transaction (selecting the books, adding them to the cart AND completing the transaction) from a link from DP?

the New Road to Serfdom is great

I recently purchased this book and it is very good because it gives you a look at America from the Outside looking in, from a British Member of Parliament. Check it out.

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Keep the recommendations coming

I enjoy hearing about books that I wouldn't otherwise, and I think others probably feel the same.

I'll put a new list together in a couple of days with the recommendations.

Thanks everyone for your continued support.


I'm Reading "Pieces of Eight." By Edwin Vieira.

2 -Books, very long but informative reading about money.


Please don't buy from Amazon though…

I understand you have something going on where they are "supporting Ron Paul" with each purchase but I have a suspicion that Ron himself might not appreciate the help from Jeff Bezos. Bezos is an old Wall Street alumni, they say he was in "IT" but his purpose was setting up the systems that now fraudulently control the markets.
He is not a respectable individual, employing market control through price fixing.
I have been in the advertising, promotion and publishing business for over twenty five years and he can not be making penny one on nearly anything he sells.
He is not a supporter of free markets and actually embodies most of the terrible things about corporatism and crony capitalism that Ron Paul stands against. In fact as noted in Der Spiegel today he is actively involved in defrauding the German government subsidies for temporary workers.
Please do some research on the man. I am quite sure that the modicum of help that Ron would get from the Amazon connection will not make or break his campaign but there are a vast number of booksellers who could benefit from your business instead of enriching some of the richest. Thanks and let get Ron Paul elected!

Glad you mentioned DP link to Amazon

Michael, I will certainly buy future books through DP. I finally just finished David McCullough's book- John Adams. Incredible book! Any DPers that have not read it yet, I would highly recommend it. It gives you a thorough understanding what was going on at the time leading up to our Declaration of Independence. The principles our nation are founded on. The struggles they went through in the early period of our nation right up the 50th anniversary of our nation. It is not just a very personal insight into John and Abagail Adams, but an intimate understanding of all the founders.

Please Forgive the 'Self Promo"

I'm pretty sure that most DP readers would like "Dishonest Money: Financing the Road to Ruin." It's basically a condensed version of "The Creature from Jekyll Island." (Ed Griffin endorsed and sells the book at his site, but it's also available through Amazon. I think this is the correct "Daily Paul" link:

Thanks Michael

Currently reading 'The Power of Now' by Echart Tolle. I think a lot of people on the DP would like it.

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That is a great book

I should compile a list of recommendations by DPers. Lots of other great suggestions below also.

I just picked up Hazlitt's

I just picked up Hazlitt's 'Economics in One Lesson' yesterday at the Salvation Army for $1.49... it was a great deal, couldn't pass it up. But I'll try to check the DP list before I buy next time! Thanks for the info, Michael!


Happy Libertarian

Interesting. One of the books

Interesting. One of the books on the list is "Currency Wars." I was intrigued to see this because "Currency Wars" has been a best seller in China and has been influential with the leadership there. Unfortunately, the book on the list is not the real deal.

The Western media has derided the original "Currency Wars" as conspiracy theory. The book claims that a dynastic central banking cabal has seized control of the West and has been responsible for the West's imperialism and wars. The book, written by Song Hong Bing, has never been translated into English, despite being a best seller in Asia and having enormous influence.

After Song Hong Bing released "Currency Wars," two books have been released in English with the same title.

In our so-called free society, American publishers have not seen fit to translate Song Hong Bing's "Currency Wars." Instead, we get two "mainstream" criticisms of financial policy in English with the same title as Song Hong Bing's best-selling book.

This is how sophisticated disinformation and propaganda works and how we Americans are kept in the dark. No offense to James Rickard, and maybe his book titled "Currency Wars" is worth reading, but I want the real thing.

"I ain't the dying type."

Reader, writer, soldier.

MMMM! Nice Post

'The Revolution: A Manifesto' will always be a classic in my will 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu and the "old reliable" called the 'Tao Te Ching'... Why? They're Recognized across eras, ages, and "twitter" trends. Whoever posted those G. Edward Griffin links had it spot-on too! :)

Peace and Bless

Sorry folks, park's closed- account was hacked.
'For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto':

Oh crap, I wasn't aware of this earlier today...I just

ordered something from Amazon this morning.

Had I known this, for sure I'd use any of the links above as an Amazon entry point to help out DP. My bad...

I'll keep this in mind...the next(right around/before Xmas) and succeeding purchase/s, I'll use the links. Thank you, Michael.

Thanks for the reminder of your Amazon Store

I have purchased and read most of the top 10, many through your store. Atlas Shrugged has not been easy to find, and I picked it up today in the Kindle Edition.

Thanks Michael

for sharing's very interesting.

One work I would highly recommend (and it's freely downloadable in PDF) in light of the D.O.D.'s consistently over-the-top spending levels and DP'ers disdain for war is a collection of essays edited by H.H. Hoppe titled "The Myth of National Defense".

If you haven't read it, please consider doing so; it is a fascinating and stimulating read on the subject and well worth sharing with others.

"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise." - Benjamin Franklin


your website from now on as a way to say thank you for all you do for us and Ron Paul!! I love your website and have been on it everyday for months now. It is very inspiring and gets us all fired up for Ron Paul!


Every Dper should read Russel Bakers "Family of Secrets"

To understand the true tyranny we have been under for the last 50 years.

only the last 50? Also, who

only the last 50?

Also, who else is reading "Food of the Gods"? I've been on a "what is consciousness" reading kick lately....

been reading a lot of Huxley ("Doors of Perception") and Hofstadler's famous "Godel Escher and Bach" (highly recommended).

Also Permaculture Books by

Sepp Holtzer,

Geoff Lawton

Bill Mollison

Joel Salatin

Paul Stamets

Permaculture is the practice of "HUMAN ACTION" in Austrian Economics

You can also visit the Von Mises Institute or the Permaculture Research Institute.


A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.


For putting this together Michael.

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

The DARK SIDE of Camelot by Seymour Hersh

I have read many libertarian books since 1980, and I must say, while this book on JFK is not libertarian, it ought to be required reading.

For libertarians who want a "HOW REAL POLITICS WORKS IN ONE LESSON" book, this is it.

I bet you can't put this book down.


Yes, please BUY this wonderful libertarian BOOK! We all must know the History of Freedom! Buy it today!

"The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism" author George Smith --
Buy it Here:

I am proud to say I have read

I am proud to say I have read all of Ron Paul's books. I push them on everyone I meet.

I am surprised to see that "The Creature From Jekyll Island" is not on the DP list.

A great book that I read recently is Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt." Brown gives the Greenbacker's perspective on monetary history. Her book has an excellent round up of the development of banking in the West and in America and on the murky origins of the Fed. She also explains the success of the Bank of North Dakota and how it offers an alternative to the nightmare Federal Reserve System that we have today.

Now how do I get my Ron Paul inspired sci-fi books on the list?

"I ain't the dying type."

Reader, writer, soldier.

The Creature's Under "The"

Poorly alphabetized, look under "The."

What do you think?