LAWRENCE W. REED
Given the weight of all that hangs in the balance in this critical election year, not the least of which is liberty as we’ve known it in America, we should be reading books that could save the republic. Two short but powerful classics could accomplish just that if enough citizens took them to heart.
The Law, by the French classical liberal Frédéric Bastiat, first published 162 years ago, is perhaps the most eloquent assault on the “false philanthropy” of the welfare state ever written. The author explained why the “legal plunder” of socialism is nothing less than a reprehensible perversion of what genuine law should be about.
Economics in One Lesson, by economist Henry Hazlitt, can change in one evening and forever the way one sees the world of economics and public policy. It’s the best antidote to Keynesian malarkey and Paul Krugman columns. But I repeat myself.
Both books are available for free download at www.fee.org.
— Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education.
Wish You Were Here; Travels Through Loss and Hope, by Amy Welborn
A newly-widowed mom takes her children to Sicily for three weeks. Why Sicily? When “home” has been torn out from under you, why not? This almost-lyrical little book is a dose of hope no matter what motivates your need for it.
A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, by Mark Shriver
Shriver was perhaps the last great, ardently, unapologetically pro-life Democrat who never got silenced or ignored. He managed to embrace a pro-life stance while not distancing himself from other social-justice issues, which these days would make him something of a rare fish outside the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops itself. A good reminder to Catholics on the right and the left that Catholicism itself strives for wholeness rather than polarization.
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton
A weird political espionage fantasy that speaks rather keenly, in a way, to our weird political times. Engaging, smart, and a little troubling, as a good book on weird political espionage should be. My elder son devoured it in a gulp and pronounced it “delicious.”
— Elizabeth Scalia is managing editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos.com, where she also blogs as The Anchoress.
As we approach the most important election in our lifetime, an election that will decide the fate of our republic, I have immersed myself in some incredible, must-read nonfiction that should be added to everyone’s summer reading list. I also love the escape of exceptional fiction and have a suggestion there as well.
Cowards, by Glenn Beck
Glenn has a sixth sense for predicting just what the country needs and then delivering it to them. His books are always packed with fantastic information, but they’re also accessible and often written with a great sense of humor. In Cowards, Glenn deftly lays out 13 critical subjects that politicians, radicals, and the media do not want us looking into. It is one of my top summer must-reads.
What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback, by Monica Crowley
Another top summer must-read is Monica Crowley’s latest. I love her on Fox and bought her new book the minute it came out. Monica is another author with a terrific sense of humor and she had me laughing from page one. Not only did she get me laughing, she also got me excited. America is on the verge of a magnificent, conservative-led comeback, and if you want to know how to help make that happen, you need to read this outstanding book.
The Great Destroyer, by David Limbaugh
I had the honor and the pleasure of reading a galley copy of David’s book before it went to press. Repeatedly, my jaw dropped as I uttered the words, “My God . . . ” I was stunned as David meticulously used Barack Obama’s own words and actions to build an airtight case against one of the greatest threats our republic has ever seen. This is not only a must-read, it’s a must-read before the election.
The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, by Jonah Goldberg
I have long held that leftism can only succeed in the free marketplace of ideas if it is dressed up and sold as something completely different than what it is. You can imagine what a thrill it was when Jonah gave me a sneak peek at his manuscript, which was devoted to that exact premise. I love how he brilliantly dismantles the clichés used by the Left to sell its lousy bill of goods and, what’s more, how he courageously calls them out to fight in the bright light of day.
One Second After, by William Forstchen
No summer reading list would be complete without some fantastic fiction. One Second After is one of the absolute best thrillers I have read in the last 20 years. I simply cannot say enough good things about this gripping novel. A solo effort by Newt Gingrich’s writing partner, One Second After begins as an electromagnetic pulse is detonated above America, the lights go out, and life as we know it is changed forever. If you love reading great thrillers, you have to get this book.
— Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List (July 24).