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Best Conservative Books

Discover the cornerstone conservative literature as heralded by top-ranking political blogs and conservative thinkers. Each title reflects key principles and insights valued by the ideology.

Recommendations from 9 articles, Paul Krugman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Shapiro and 17 others.
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The Conscience of a Conservative
Barry Goldwater - 2007-04-23 (first published in 1960)
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A powerful and radical manifesto that fundamentally altered the political landscape of its time and ours. Written by Barry Goldwater at the height of the Cold War, The Conscience of a Conservative argues for the value and importance of conservative principles such as freedom in contemporary political life. The book's concise but powerful message continues to resonate today. This Kindle edition features the original cover art and photographs, along with professionally edited formatting, linked footnotes, and chapter navigation marks.
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Animal Farm
George Orwell - 1996-04-01 (first published in 1945)
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Explore the dark world of totalitarianism, greed, and power struggles in this unforgettable classic. This brilliant satire takes a devastating aim at the corrupt and self-centered rulers of an imaginary state, highlighting the worst of human nature from selfishness to desperation. From comedy to tragedy, Animal Farm shows the breadth of the human experience and serves as a chillingly relevant warning on the dangers of unchecked power. Get ready to be captivated by this literary masterpiece.
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Whittaker Chambers - 1987-08-01 (first published in 1952)
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Explore the captivating true story of Soviet spies in America and a trial that gripped a nation with Witness. This literary and philosophical autobiography delves into the famous Alger Hiss case, while also presenting the worldview of the author, Whittaker Chambers, who believed that "man without mysticism is a monster." Witness helped to shape political conservatism in America, making it a national force. Filled with insights and penetrating analysis, Witness is an indispensable masterpiece that will inspire and ennoble as long as humanity speaks of virtue and dreams of freedom.
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John Sipher
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Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville - 2003-07-01 (first published in 1835)
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Discover the definitive book on both democracy and America. Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America captures the essence of America's equality of conditions and democracy. This classic is often quoted because it has something insightful to teach everyone. With this new translation by Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop, readers can fully appreciate the nuances of Tocqueville's original language and gain a deeper understanding of Tocqueville's thoughts and insights. Perfectly placed annotations and a powerful introduction provide readers with a modern perspective to appreciate a timeless masterpiece.
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Patrick Collison
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The Conservative Mind
From Burke to Eliot
Russell Kirk - 2001-09-01 (first published in 1953)
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Discover one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American conservatism with this enduring classic of political thought. From its brilliant choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism to its launch of the modern American Conservative Movement, The Conservative Mind is a must-read.
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God and Man at Yale
The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom'
William F. Buckley Jr. - 2004-07-01 (first published in 1951)
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A groundbreaking book that revealed the irresponsible educational attitude at one of the world's most prestigious universities. Written by a young Yale graduate, this book stirred up controversy and put its author, William F. Buckley Jr., on the map.
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Basic Economics
Thomas Sowell - 2003-01-01 (first published in 2000)
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Learn about the principles of different economic systems in Basic Economics. Written for those who want to understand the economy without the jargon, economist Thomas Sowell explains how to analyze economic policies based on their incentives rather than their goals. With clear explanations of everything from rent control to international trade, this book is perfect for those seeking to understand how the economy functions. The fifth edition includes a new chapter on the disparities of wealth and income between countries. Using real-world examples and plain language, Sowell breaks down the basics of economics for readers of all backgrounds.
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Ben Shapiro
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Economics in One Lesson
The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
Henry Hazlitt - 1979-01-01 (first published in 1946)
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Explore the teachings of Henry Hazlitt, a founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education, in his seminal work, Economics in One Lesson. A classic economic primer and a fundamental influence on modern "libertarian" economics, Hazlitt's perspective on free markets, economic liberty, and the dangers of government intervention remains relevant even after more than 50 years since its initial publication. With concise and instructive insights, Hazlitt's efforts to dissemble economic fallacies have been credited with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy. Discover the timeless wisdom of Hazlitt's anti-deficit stance, committed to non-governmental solutions.
This literature guide by SparkNotes is perfect for students who want to succeed in their studies. It provides chapter-by-chapter analysis of key themes, motifs, and symbols, a review quiz, and essay topics. Lively and fun, SparkNotes is great for studying late into the night and writing papers. The guide also includes an A+ essay as an example of how the book can be analyzed, a glossary of literary terms, step-by-step tutoring on how to write a literary essay, and a feature on how not to plagiarize.
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan
Race And Culture by . Sowell
Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver
The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George H. Nash
"In Defense of Freedom" and Related Essays by Frank S. Meyer
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina Hoff Sommers
Neo-conservatism by Irvin Kristol