Looking for some good books to read? Grab a copy of these great reads that I have come across (buy a physical copy, not the ebook because publishers give the author jack in percentages) and read them:
- The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols, examines why society has begun to actively reject the conclusions of experts at the same time when access to information has never been greater. Nichols gives an excellent diagnosis of a problem… If only people would listen.
- The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future by Charles C.W. Cooke, the editor of the National Review Online, calls his book, a call to arms for the growing movement of “Conservatarians”—members of the right who are fiscally conservative but socially liberal—and a fascinating look at conservatism’s past and future. Couldn’t agree more.
- Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. In 2016, Hillbilly Elegy became the book world’s version of the musical Hamilton. Vance writes an honest assessment of his life, his family and the culture that he was raised in. It is one of the more important books in recent years and sheds light on a culture that many Americans ignore. If you want to understand why Donald Trump won the presidency, Hillbilly Elegy is the book to read.
- Let Me Tell You About Jasper… How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog by Dana Perino. America is more divided and on edge than it has been in quite some time. Perino’s thoughtful book is a great way to remember the lessons that dogs teach us and what things are truly important in life, as well as make you smile the way only a dog can.
- The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. In 1927, Percy Fawcett, the world’s most famous explorer, along with his son and son’s best friend, goes missing after embarking on a journey to find a mythical city in the Amazon. The world becomes obsessed and future quests to find answers also result in tragedy. Grann seeks to answer a nearly century-old question by retracing the steps of Fawcett on his final journey. Yes, this book is nonfiction and it’s fantastic.
- The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson. Two of the most influential cold warriors were Paul Nitze and George Kennan, far from household names in the United States. They set the country’s path and approach to the Soviet Union from the 1940s through the 1980s. It is a fascinating look at two of the more unknown American policymakers.
- GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive by me (cmon, I have a mortgage to pay). An examination of the looming demographic threat that Republicans face in the future and a way to counter that using 21st Century Conservatism to help millennials and urban Americans find opportunity and the American Dream.
Now that you’ve read the list, order the books already!