New as of 12/18/2015. Just begun, recommendations welcome.
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. (new)
Is economics politics? Given that many of our political leaders seem to think that they control the economy, one has to say "yes." The sad truth is that those very "leaders" know practically nothing about economics, yet they feel qualified to "lead" our economy! In fact, they don't even know what economics really is. Consider the definition Sowell uses: "Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses." How many of us have ever considered the simple fact that practically every resource can be used for a variety of things and every "thing" can use a variety of resources? I took four semesters of economics in college. What a waste! I learned far, far more about economics from this one book. And lest you be intimidated by the length of the book, be comforted. Sowell doesn't use jargon or formulas, but rather simple, everyday language. His method is a bit Socratic in the sense that he guides you so that you will be saying to yourself that this is all common sense and deep down inside you knew it all along. It should be required reading for everyone!
Now in its 5th edition, available at Amazon.
The Intimidation Game by Kimberly Strassel.
from Amazon: "For nearly 40 years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals, and the path to cleaner and freer elections. This book will show, through first-hand accounts, how both have been hijacked by the Left as weapons against free speech and free association, becoming the most powerful tools of those intent on silencing their political opposition. THE INTIMIDATION GAME provides a chilling expose of political scare tactics and overreach."
from the Amazon comments: "Freedom of speech has made America unique among most nations of the world. Whenever it is threatened, as it has been during the recent past, the oppressors need to be identified and called out, which is what this book does brilliantly. Kimberly Strassel is a terrific writer with interesting stories that connect the dots to explain why suddenly so many Americans feel intimidated and reluctant to engage in the political process -- because doing so could put them on a target list."
Available from Amazon. (recommended by Ken R.)
The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin.
Have you ever wondered how we have moved so far away from our Constitution? Enumerated powers? Who cares, the government does pretty much anything it cares to without regard to restrictions imposed by the Constitution. What about Congress turning over the details of writing law writing over to the executive branch and unelected bureaucrats? The list goes on and on. What can we do about it? Mark Levin proposes a series of Constitution amendments which are really just designed to put us back where we should have been had we followed the original Constitution - plus some new additions to, as he says, guarantee our liberty. These amendments make things very, very clear so that the courts can't just ignore them or make interpretations such as 'general welfare' meaning anything the court chooses.
Available at Amazon, it is one of the most highly rated books I have ever seen there.
Men in Black by Mark Levin.
The subtitle says all you need to know: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America. And this book was written long before the Obamacare and SSM court rulings. Most of us have heard of Marbury vs Madison, but haven't given it much thought. But consider it like this - the Supreme Court gave itself the power of judicial review, a power it was not granted in the US Constitution. The SCOTUS 'destroying' our country would be a bit easier to take if the Constitution at least granted them the power to do so.
Available at Amazon.
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer. (new)
Again, the subtitle is invaluable: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. This book is similar to Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics (see above) in that it is full of obvious truths that you keep telling yourself that you should have known all along yet somehow were not obvious to you before. "Mass Movements" cover a lot of territory and there are many examples. But consider the current LGBT "movement" as you read.
Available at Amazon.
Witness by Whittaker Chambers.
From an Amazon review by W. Wilmeth: The best feature of the book, however, is Mr. Chambers discussion of how and why he turned to communism as the only possible solution to the woes of the world. He was an exceptionally intelligent man, and in his view, there was no other possible choice. In a word, despair led him to believe that communism was the best vehicle to solve the problems of mankind. In fairly short order (10 years), he realized that once communists were in power, they tended to lean heavily on the 'ends justify the means' approach as millions starved or were executed (or worked to death). He later turned to Biblical Christianity as the best hope for mankind, fully aware that there are no easy solutions to the dilemma of existence.
Great book. I'm thinking I should read it again.
Available at Amazon.