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Conservative must-reads -- your picks

Benjamin Wiker has a knack for picking books – the ones you should and the ones you shouldn’t read. In his 2008 book -- one he would probably say you should read -- he came up with a list of titles he wishes never saw the light of day. Each of them, he tells us in “10 Books That Screwed Up the World, 5 Others That Didn’t Help,” has caused some harm to our civilization. Among them: Marx’s “Communist Manifesto,” Kinsey’s “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” and Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique.”

Following on the heels of that work, Wiker has now written “10 Books Every Conservative Must Read -- Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter,” published by Regnery. He stresses that the selections are not his favorite conservative books but his must-reads, books that he hopes will help “carry out a conservative renaissance, a deep revolution, so that the conservative zeal animating so many souls can have a lasting and profound effect.”

He notes he had to make painful choices, and many important books are left off the list such as Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations.” He tried to bring the broadest perspective to the list, saying “conservatism is about much more than economics -- that is why I include philosophy, political philosophy, theology, and literature.”

Making the cut:
“The Politics” by Aristotle
“Orthodoxy: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
“The New Science of Politics” by Eric Voegelin
“The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis
“Reflections on the Revolution in France” by Edmund Burke
“Democracy in America” by Alexis de Tocqueville
“The Federalist Papers” by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
“The Anti-Federalists”
“The Servile State” by Hilaire Belloc
“The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich August von Hayek

The ones not to miss:
“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
“Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
“The Lord of the Rings” by J.R. Tolkien
“The Jerusalem Bible”

The imposter:
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand


Recommending books, as everyone knows, is a highly subjective art. What books do you think conservatives must read?

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 21, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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Nevermind books. I'm surprised that Dubya Bush didn't appoint him to the Supreme Court, seeing as how (a) he can READ and (b) he would be unquestionably impartial like Scalia, Thomas and Alito. ;-)

Posted by: exPostie | June 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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