Three Old Books for the New Year

December 28, 2012 | By exurbankevin | Filed in: Books, Economics, History, Kevin, Politics, War On Terror.

I’m finding these days that I’m recommending the same three books over and over again to people who want to learn more about the where conservatism is and where it’s going. So without durther afew, here they are. 

  1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. Exhaustively researched well-written, it lays clearly lays out the history of Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood from it’s inception in Greeley, Colorado (no, really), the machinations behind the 9/11 atrocities. 
  2. Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. Funny, irreverent and compelling, Jonah Goldberg drives a stake through the heart of the “right-wing Nazi” theme by definitively linking the statist elements inside today’s “progressive” movement with their fascist fore-bearers. 
  3. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shales. Turns the history of the Depression on it’s head by bypassing what the press at the time was saying about the New Deal (there were little more than an unpaid propaganda corps for Roosevelt. Why does that sound so familiar…). The book shows the hard economic truth that the New Deal’s machinations prolonged rather than ended the Great Depression and harmed the American economy in nigh-irrepairable ways. 

2 comments on “Three Old Books for the New Year

  1. Pumice says:

    I read The Forgotten Man near the beginning of Obama’s first term and I was struck by the similarities in the ways he was trying to mold our culture. An important book to read.

    Grace and peace

  2. azlibertarian says:

    Yep. I’m in the middle of The Forgotten Man right now, and am seeing many parallels to Obama Zero.