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Book Club Selection Suggestion

I moderate a monthly book club and we read books from all over the literary spectrum. We do however, often pick books for our club that have a theme that coincides with the month we'll be discussing the book. For example we read, "Fahrenheit 451" during July because it is a common high school summer reading book. That being said, I'd like a good political book to recommend for our club in the spirit of November being the month in which we vote.

Ideally I'm looking to recommend a book that opens readers' minds to dispel the fallacies to which so many non-awake people subscribe. We aren't a political book club so I'm not trying to club readers over the head with something hardcore like Hayek or something highly partisan since we have readers from a varied political background.

What book(s) opened your mind to the realities of our political system?



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May I suggest these . . .

May I suggest these:

http://www.amazon.com/Edge-Darkness-Bankster-Chronicles-Volu...

http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Descends-Bankster-Chronicles-...

I humbly admit that I'm the author. So anything I would say in favor of these is biased. Nonetheless, I hope that you give these a look.

I have been told by several people that these are important books that should be read by everyone.

Hacker

I just finished the best

book I ever read but it was not about politics. The title is "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock the subtitle is "The evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization. Totally awesome and informative book, this would make a great book club read.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

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quiltingsando! That is an awesome book

I first read that in 1997 or 1998. It is one of the things that really got me started on this journey - the bigger journey, beyond politics and Ron Paul. The journey of, "There is more to this place than meets the eye..."

Yes, what a tremendous book that is.

He's the man.

BUMP

1984 hit me pretty hard, esp looking back b/c I didn't enjoy reading it.

One of Ron Paul's suggestions is "The Law" by Bastiat. Pretty good read too.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

The Giver

We read this in our book club because all of our kids had to read it in middle school, and most of us still had the copy lying around our houses.
Plus, we wanted to see why it had been required reading.

It is a short, easy read....BUT it will certainly make for good discussion. It portrays a dystopian state that is camouflaged as a sensible, caring system. It won't hit your club members over the head with a message that is too hard to handle, but the message sneaks in through the back door.

Both my kids, now 26 & 28, said it is the book they remembered most, and that it has stuck with them, now 10 years later.

The story line will give you ample opportunity to introduce libertarian ideas, and gently guide the discussion toward similarities of what is happening today.

Family Of Secrets (by Russ Baker)

It's a pretty big book though (I think around 500 pages) and it will fundamentally change your understanding of how this country works. In other words, you have to really be willing to swallow the red pill.

Let us know what you pick and

Let us know what you pick and how it goes. Thanks.

there was a laissez-faire

there was a laissez-faire books catalogue back in the '90s. you can still find it now, but i remember other books listed that are not now in the catalogue. there was some fiction i would have loved to get my hands on.

i'm trying to finish The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain this evening. i'm more than half-way. i have about 10 books i've read only 100 pages of them each, or thereabouts, and i haven't finished one yet, recently. i'm on the computer and listening to music, but i will return to reading, i hope, soon.

Sorry about this nonsense.

For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard
The Case Against Fluoride by Dr. Paul Conett
Libertarianism in One Lesson by David Bergland
A Liberty Primer by David Boaz
The Creature from Jekyll Island by G.E. Griffin (5th edition)
Revolution: A Manifesto by Dr. Ron Paul
End the Fed by Dr. Ron Paul
The Case for Gold by Dr. Ron Paul (1982)
The Law by Frederic Bastiat

lawrence

Libertarian fiction

Was discussed on this thread. I've been a fan of libertarian fiction for almost 50 years, and I believe I read all the fiction Laissez Faire Books had to offer. My favorites are noted on the thread.

You can also check out the Libertarian Futurist Society. There's a lot good books on their lists, but plenty of crap too. Even some of their "Prometheus Award Winners" are poorly written, badly plotted and lack interesting characters. Read some Amazon reviews before you buy.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

libertarian fiction

If you're a fan of libertarian fiction, have you seen this list?

Over 80 novels and a bunch of short stories and graphic novels as well. Also a bunch of free stuff you can read online/download, and all explicitly libertarian.

Wow! Excellent list.

I've read 38 of the novels already, which happily leaves 45 that I WILL. Many that I've never even heard of.

Thank you!

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

i include Confessions of an

i include Confessions of an Economic Hitman by john perkins to make the recommended list an even 10.

i'm happy to say i've read them all. give me a cookie.

lawrence

that's the list i hand out to

that's the list i hand out to people, hoping, just hoping, they will read at least one book.

i can not be a cynic all the time.

lawrence

Read Zoe Oldenbourg's The

Read Zoe Oldenbourg's The Massacre at Mont Segur.

The evil and ignorant populate the world and destroy the goodness. The Cathars are erased from the pages of time.

lawrence

i love Zoe Oldenbourg

i love Zoe Oldenbourg

lawrence

Black Robe by Brian Moore.

Black Robe by Brian Moore. another amazing book. it's about french jesuits in the 16th century in quebec.

Also, find the diary and letters of Paul le Jeune, if possible.

lawrence

The Most Dangerous Superstition

The Most Dangerous Superstition, by Larken Rose. Accept no substitutes, this is The Bomb.

Atlas Shrugged is the book that woke me up (almost 50 years ago), but it's not my first recommendation any more. I've read more than half of the books I've seen mentioned in this thread, and many more libertarian classics. Rose's book tops them all for clear, irrefutable logic, without being in the least boring.

Another good choice: Why Government Doesn't Work, by Harry Browne. It has the advantage of being free, online.

If you prefer a novel, check out this thread.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

Primer Level?

L.Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.
Everyone knows the movie few have read the book(S).
Yes, there was a whole series of them.
(it was befrore television)
Myself, I am currently reading Tik=Tok as it was important to one of Heinlein's charachters.
He also led me to read Edgar Rice Burrough's ealy works of Barsoom, SWIFT'S gulliver's Travels etc.
Stranger in a Strange Land is where he and I first met back in the '80s.

Lord of the Flies

And the absolutely really cool great part? "Ralph" (James Aubrey, the star in the movie) was from Austria....

The Screwtape Letters

by C.S. Lewis

It's a collection of letters written from an elder demon to a young demon who is working on his first job corrupting the soul of a young man in England.

It's a tough read, though, because nearly every page will cause one to gasp aloud and meditate for anywhere from 5 minutes to 6 years.

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part two of atlas.

Option of course to read part 3 and or one he they choose.

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My husband said

"Crossing the Rubicon" blew him away.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

civil disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau

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The Man Who Sold The Moon

By Robert Heinlein.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sold_the_Moon

note the part where U.S. land rights belong to Florida and Texas as their geography extends upward to include the orbit of the moon (along with Mexico etc) so legally the states of FL and TX have a property rights claim to the moon.

Brilliant!

ps look up Robert Heinlein quotes - a brilliant libertarian mind, expressed through the medium of science fiction writing.

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The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible
Ken Schoolland

from Wikipedia-
The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible is a libertarian book written by Ken Schoolland, a libertarian and professor of economics. Although it is read by many adults, it is aimed at the young audience, hoping to show young people Schoolland's concerns about statist society in ways they can easily understand.

Plot:
Jonathan is a boy, who lives in a small town. All the people in his village he considers boring, and often he dreams about going to adventure.

One day, when he is playing around in his boat, a storm takes him away to another land, where he starts to learn about the country's strange (and misguided) laws and regulations.

It makes a great holiday gift too.

Most definitely George

Most definitely George Orwell's 1984.

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand

I would say Brave New World

I would say Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for sure, but I'm not sure how to tie it into November.

There's always It Can't Happen Here by Lewis Sinclair, which deals with the election of a president and the totalitarian aftermath that follows.

Side note: This has nothing to do with politics, but Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom is a terrific book, and it's a quick read.

i havent read too many books

But thats one of my favorites. Been a while since i read it though.

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I would like to respectfully

I would like to respectfully recommend "War is a Racket" by the most decorated soldier in U.S. History, Marine Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. Quote from the Front Cover. "I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, i was a Racketeer for Capitalism." - SDB. It's a pretty bi-partisian book, written in 1935 by General Butler and still quite readable at 66 pages. It includes a later essay entitiled "Common Sense Neutrality"

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