A YAL Reading List

Bonnie Kristian
Jan 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM

After numerous requests by email, I'm putting together a reading list for the YAL member interested in expanding his or her understanding of the principles of liberty.  The thing is, though, that I need your help -- because as much as I've read, it's unrealistic to think I'll come up with everything good.  So here's a short preliminary list to get us started:

Please submit lots of your own suggestions in the comments on this post!  In case I'm not familiar with each work, please note if you think it's a beginner, intermediate, or advanced reading project.  Thanks!

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Ayn Rand of course! Both her fiction (Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, We The Living, Anthem, etc.) and non-fiction (Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Philosophy: Who Needs It?, etc.).

AndrewWSharp's picture

I think An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard by Justin Raimondo is a great look into the history of libertarianism in the 20th century, not to mention the life of one of the greatest thinkers of our time.

Aldanga's picture

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard

Jeremy Davis's picture

I highly recommend the new book 'Libertarianism Today' by Jacob Huebert

Joseph Brown's picture

Most of this great book is available online here

Joseph Brown's picture

Here is a presentation that helps to explain the current fiscal situation, I think this presentation helps to draw in many people in the scientific fields. The presenter claims to be an Austrian, with limitations - and uses a lot of data by applying it through applied science, a combination of physics and economics! Not sure if the video applies to this post but it's worth the watch for everyone.


GSPriestley's picture

Human Action: A treatise on economics  Ludwig Von Mises

Carter Kessler's picture

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Moretnson, why you might ask? Very simple...private peace efforts go a long way to combat terrorism, and many have said that Mr, Moretenson by going over to Pakistan and Afghanistan and building schools for children there has done more to combat terrorism than American military operations. This book is a real world story on, as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 put it "privitizing peace"

ferard's picture

Naomi Klien - "The Shock Doctrine" I know, she is a lefty, but this book will show you how horrible Friedman's Chicago School actually is.

John Perkins- "Confessions a an Economic Hitman"

Suzanne Collins - "The Hunger Games Trilogy" Just finished this for some good light fiction reading. Lots of liberty oriented ideas, and the coniving ways that politicians exploit others. I was able to read the whole trilogy in like 2 weeks, its a quick one.

To add just another post to back it up - Murray Rothbards "For a New Liberty: A Libertarian Manifesto" For all you minarcists this is or perhaps Mary Ruwarts "Healing our World" will answer many questions you might have of your anarchist brothern

Shaun Bowen's picture

Agree with Healing our World.

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

timmosanders's picture

That is beautiful, Grant.  Thank you!

Bonnie Kristian's picture

"The Constitution of Liberty" by Hayek is stellar.

andrew.keast's picture

The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry are both excellent on collectivism and property rights, respectively...

Devon Minnema's picture