Q&A Friday #8: Suggest Some Books

by John Hawkins | December 3, 2004 8:05 pm

Question: “John, I’m a political science student at the University of Missouri Columbia. I have a two part question. I’ve read a lot of Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Dan Flynn, Mona Charen, etc. I’ve also read some Molly Ivins, Al Franken, etc. But what books would you suggest a young poli sci student read?” — Reagan1

Answer: Here are some books I’d recommend without hesitation…

Foreign Policy

The Prince[1] by Niccolo Machiavelli
Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World[2] by Margaret Thatcher

The Impact of War

100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present[3] by Paul Davis
The Wars Of America[4] by Robert Leckie (Warning: Very Long)
Carnage and Culture[5] by Victor David Hanson

Influential Fiction

Atlas Shrugged[6] by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead[7] by Ayn Rand

Media Bias

Bias[8] by Bernard Goldberg
Slander[9] by Ann Coulter

Misc

The Way Things Ought To Be[10] by Rush Limbaugh
Basic Economics[11] by Thomas Sowell

Understand the Left

Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism[12] by Ann Coulter
Radical Son[13] by David Horowitz
The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy[14] by Thomas Sowell

Understanding Politics

The New Prince[15] by Dick Morris (Audio version)
Power Plays: Win or Lose–How History’s Great Political Leaders Play the Game[16] by Dick Morris

Endnotes:
  1. The Prince: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553212788/qid=1033538439/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-7344073-7327111
  2. Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060959126/qid=1102121028/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/102-5904932-6812128
  3. 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0195143663/qid=1033538304/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-7344073-7327111?v=glance
  4. The Wars Of America: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0785809147/qid=1102121812/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-5904932-6812128?v=glance&s=books
  5. Carnage and Culture: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385500521/qid%3D1033538381/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/104-7344073-7327111
  6. Atlas Shrugged: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451191145/rightwingnews-20
  7. The Fountainhead: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451191153/qid=1033537797/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-7344073-7327111
  8. Bias: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895261901/qid=1033538006/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-7344073-7327111
  9. Slander: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400046610/qid=1033538052/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-7344073-7327111
  10. The Way Things Ought To Be: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671751506/rightwingnews-20
  11. Basic Economics: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465081452/qid=1102122062/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-5904932-6812128
  12. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400050308/qid=1102120834/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-5904932-6812128
  13. Radical Son: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684840057/qid=1102120948/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-5904932-6812128
  14. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/046508995X/qid=1102120889/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-5904932-6812128?v=glance&s=books
  15. The New Prince: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1559275421/ref=lpr_g_2/102-5904932-6812128?v=glance&s=books
  16. Power Plays: Win or Lose–How History’s Great Political Leaders Play the Game: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060004444/qid=1102120655/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-5904932-6812128

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