The Bookshelf

my-booksThese are books that are on our bookshelves or wishlists, including books that we have not read yet, have read but have not yet had time to review, or have read and reviewed. If you’ve read one of them, please comment in the comment section and we will link to that from the book title for other readers. Most of these titles came from footnotes and other references about which we wanted to know more. Some of it is no doubt disinfo, and as we discover that we’ll flag it as such or remove it altogether. (Some of it is mainstream whitewash but with real value–that we’ll leave and flag–full-on disinfo we will remove.) Again, if you know something here is disinfo, please comment below. The list is alphabetical, by author, and is worth perusing as the topics they cover should be clear by the titles. (A handful of absolute must-haves are in bold.)

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Inside the Company: CIA Diary, by Philip Agee (1975).
An inside look at spycraft.
Go Quietly or Else: His Own Story of the Events Leading to His Resignation, by Spiro T. Agnew (1980).
I always assumed Richard Nixon’s co-elected Vice President, Spiro Agnew, was swept out of office in the Watergate scandal, leaving us the unelected Gerald Ford to take over the Presidency when Nixon resigned, but I was wrong. Agnew was pushed out of office through a totally unrelated scandal which he argues in this book was completely trumped up yet succeeded in getting him out of office. I am always interested in the actual mechanisms of shadow power and this account sheds some light on that darkness. As a bonus, it’s actually a pretty good read, though Agnew, quite the war hawk, is not my kind of guy.
The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism, by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (2005).
I have read surprisingly little about 9/11, but I have collected a few books on the subject and this is one of them. There’s big danger in disinformation on this topic (as this title suggests!), so I can’t vouch for this until I read it, but I wouldn’t have bought it if I hadn’t thought it had potential to be the real deal and often limited hangouts have invaluable information you can access with a well-honed truthdar.
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic primer for Realistic Radicals, by Saul D. Alinsky (1971).
The infamous handbook for progressive radicals recently re-popularized by Glenn Beck and the reaction to Obama.
None Dare Call It Conspiracy, by Gary Allen, Larry Abraham, John G. Schmitz (1972).
A red scare era conspiracy classic. Short, great read. I think this was the book that originated the concept of the Accidental Theory of History vs the Conspiracy Theory of History (though I would have preferred The Intentional Theory of History)…the idea is that we have been steadily marching in the same direction – toward a larger, more totalitarian state yet we are told there’s no grand plan. This author suggests that if there’s no grand plan & every action is an accident of history, then occasionally the pendulum should swing the other way, yet it never does. My only reservation about this book is that he cites FDR as saying that everything in politics happens on purpose, yet I have reports suggesting this quote cannot be verified. On the other hand, this is the book that introduced me to the MUST READ Tragedy & Hope in which a respected establishment insider celebrates “the conspiracy” in great detail. (It is irresponsible to dismiss the idea of a grand conspiracy without first reading Tragedy & Hope.)
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson (2013)
Good read, mainstream/best-seller-style non-fiction. General overview of TE Lawrence and his context, but clearly leaving out the deep backstory. The bibliography is a treasure-trove, however. Can’t wait to dig into some of Anderson’s primary sources!
The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier, by Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill (2004).
I think this would make a good companion with one of my all time favorites, Shane.
How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why the truth matters more than you think, by Andy Andrews (2011).
A tiny volume with a simple message-lies are used to kill.
The Arab Awakening, by George Antonius (1938).
An absolute classic of (relatively) modern Arab history written for the western audience.
The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR, by Jules Archer (1973).
The Plot refers to big money guys trying to get Smedley Butler (War is a Racket) to aid them in establishing a shadow government to usurp FDR, especially because he kept them from redeeming their money in gold. The book claims this group wanted a return to the gold standard. This didn’t seem right to me, unless the group was separate from the bankers who set up the Fed – it’s unclear. Also, seems to me like FDR was in on the corporatist approach to government – though maybe then there was still a distinction between socialists and fascists, I don’t know. In short, Butler did expose a plot to seize the White House, but I wonder a bit if the plot was actually meant to trap him and discredit him as he was a trouble maker.
The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights, by Shaun Assael (2016).
I’ve gotten to the point where a book like this is light reading! As Trump said of covfefe, Enjoy!
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius (180AD).
Simple, timeless wisdom.
Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future, by George B.N. Ayittey (2005).
Bono and Ayittey took opposite sides in TED talks regarding whether foreign aid helps or hurts poor countries. Ayittey posited it hurt and I recall Bono being somewhat swayed so I bought the book–and boy was it expensive! Ha! But if Ayittey’s arguments are powerful enough to convert the staunchly but paradoxically anti-capitalist multi-multi-millionaire Bono into a free marketer, I’ve gotta have it!
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, by Russ Baker (2008).
Essential reading for any student of the Deep State. Baker admits, however, that he pulled some punches and I have found his work since to be more in the category of limited hangout, but this is still an important treatment of the behind the scenes history of this country we rarely see.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, by Radley Balko (2013).
This book brought the dialectic of the police state to the fore, which rages one today in the Black v Blue psyop. The book is chock full of stats and arguments showing us where we’re headed and why it’s not okay.
Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, by Wayne Barrett (1992).
The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat (1849).
Shortly after I discovered and read this tiny, sublime volume, I spoke to my Aunt Margaret(a rare occurrence) and mentioned the book to her, asking if she’d ever heard of it. She said, “My dear girl, my father–your grandfather–gave each of his eight children a copy of  The Law on our twelfth birthdays and insisted we read it. Of course I’ve heard of it!”
Marie, or Slavery in the United States, by Gustave de Beaumont (1835).
Goes hand-in-hand with de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.
Propaganda, by Edward Bernays (1928).
Crystallizing Public Opinion, by Edward Bernays (1923).
Public Relations, by Edward Bernays (1952).
The Privatization of Roads & Highways: Human and Economic Factors, by Walter Block (2009).
But who would build the roads?! Here’s your answer.
The CIA File, edited by Robert L. Borosage and John Marks (1975).
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, by Harry Browne (1973).
A must-read, must-own cornerstone to any libertarian library. Browne enlightens us as to how to live in true liberation without regard to the state of the world or society. This was as liberating to my mind and soul as the great, Easy Way to Stop Smoking, by Allen Carr (you’ll get it if you read it!)
Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, by Zbigniew Brzezinski (1970).
This is where Zbig telegraphs, in the guise of a warning, the highly controlled society he and his buddies had in store for us: “Another threat, less overt but no less basic, confronts liberal democracy. More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.…Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society.”
Web of Subversion, by James Burnham (1954).
Published by the Americanist Library, it documents the memory-holed resistance to the Deep State that bloomed in the mid-Twentieth Century but has since well and truly faded.
Crowds and Power, by Elias Canetti (1962).
This book is one of the best books out there but the translation is truly a slog. 
The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson & Abigail & John Adams, edited by Lester J. Cappon (1959).
Ezra Pound, who was forcibly committed to a mental institution but still (or maybe because he was) a genius, cited three must-reads: Confucius, the autobiography of Martin Van Buren and the Jefferson-Adams letters, so I bought them all. The letters are written in the florid prose of the time so it’s going to be a slog. Perhaps I’ll break them down for you one-by-one via podcast as Binkley suggested…stay tuned!
The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, by Philip Carlo (2006).
Well-written, interesting account of a super scary guy. I kind of wanted to get it over with because it seemed pointlessly gruesome. If you believe it, however, you will wonder what really happened to Andrew Breitbart!
The Bad Popes, by E.R. Chamberlin (1969).
This was an interesting, objective narrative of seven popes reigning from around 900-1600. A smidgen dry but informative, concise and well-written.
Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin? The shocking treachery that altered the face of history, by Barry Chamish (1998).
It amazes me that more is not made of this event. Yitzhak Rabin was taking Israel down the path of a viable two-state solution when a right-wing Israeli assassinated him. The two-state solution seems to have died with Rabin and the right-wing of Israeli politics has been in power more or less ever since. This book claims there is a deeper, hidden truth. (#WTWOF Watch for Israel to flip to left-wing soon. I heard the CFR’s Elliot Abrams mention on Conversations with History that Israel needs and would get a left-wing government in order to sway liberal Jews around the world to accepting Israeli policies they cannot accept under the mantle of the right. Prediction, or plan?)
The Republic and The Laws, by Cicero (51BC).
Essential foundational political reading.
With God in Russia, by Walter J. Ciszek, Daniel L. Flaherty (1964).
See my review here.
How to Stand Up for Your Rights and Win! By Roy M. Cohn (1981).
For an insight into Donald Trump’s mentor.
Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300, by John Coleman (1992).
John Coleman names names and spells out the inner, inner sanctum of the grand conspiracy that includes hundreds of institutions, most notably, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Council of Rome. Unfortunately, this book has no chapters, no index and no footnotes! The author is former British intelligence and claims many or most of his sources are first hand or confidential, but they are impossible to verify and also cannot be followed up on with no further references. I don’t dismiss the truth of the report but must have more to really evaluate it. Toward this end, I read next Psychological Warfare & the New World Order, by Servando Gonzalez. That hit the spot!
Behold a Pale Horse, by William Cooper (1991).
This book is a conspiracy theory classic and Bill Cooper is a very interesting character. He makes very convincing arguments for alien technology and he was killed by government authorities under suspicious circumstances. I simply have never been convinced that there are intelligent aliens interacting with human beings but so much else he discusses is in my wheel house that I’d be remiss to leave this out.
I Never Played the Game, by Howard Cosell with Peter Bonventre (1985).
The first paragraph of the prologue reads as follows:
“I am writing this book because I am convinced that sports are out of whack in the American society; that the emphasis placed upon sports distorts the real values of life and often produces mass behavior patterns that are downright frightening; and that the frequently touted uplifting benefits of sports have become a murky blur in the morass of hypocrisy and contradiction that I call the Sports Syndrome.”
You can see why I want to read this book–especially these days from the NFL kneeling nonsense (which Trump tees up himself) to the clearly rigged decision in the GGG v Canelo fight….
Adventures in Two Worlds: Authobiography of a Doctor & Writer, by A.J. Cronin (1935).
A simple, first-hand account of a life well-lived from an era gone by.
The Crisis of Democracy: Report on the Governability of Democracies to the Trilateral Commission, by Michel J. Crozier, Samuel P. Huntington, Joji Watanuki (1975).
Commissioned by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the conclusion of this book (to the objection of some of the contributors) suggests populations be corralled into non-governmental institutions to which they will be beholden but over which they have no control. That’s their answer to the “crisis of democracy” in their own hand!
FDR: My Exploited Father-In-Law, by Curtis B. Dall (1968).
Quick and dirty, but interesting inside look at FDR.
The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska, by John W. DeCamp (1992).
The only people who went to jail for this were the victims. (Larry King went to jail for financial crimes, not for the child abuse.) See also, this never-aired documentary on the subject.
Coup D’Etat In Slow Motion: The shocking truth about the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and the incredible links to the murders of JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon as well as the blowing up of m/s Estonia, by Ole Dammegard (2015).
This is a meticulously researched two volume set that is just too long and too detailed for me to read front to back. For me, however, this kind of book is a must-own because it’s chock full of sources, smoking guns and irrefutable evidence to support shocking facts. For the summary version, check out some of Ole’s lectures and interviews. I hope he comes out with an abridged version of this masterpiece!
The Making of Europe: An Introduction to the History of European Unity, by Christopher Henry Dawson (1945).
A 60,000 foot overview of Europe by a brilliant author (one of my favorites).
Understanding Europe, by Christopher Dawson (1952).
Perhaps this is too dated to be useful, but it is a sheer joy to read a brilliant, sincere sociologist providing insight into the modern western world. This is another from my Erudite Priest’s shortlist.
The Quiet Betrayal, by Sidney L. De Love (1960).
Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom, edited by John V. Denson (2001).
This book is a monster!
When Hell Was In Session, by Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. (1982).
How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (2004).
Coningsby, or The New Generation, by Benjamin Disraeli (1844).
One of the characters is supposedly a representation of the original English Rothschild so I had to read it. There were a few interesting passages in that regard, but really it was just a nice pleasant read that gave me an excuse for some fiction that could fold in with my broader interests and not qualify as pure leisure (God forbid!)
On the Meaning of Life, by Will Durant (1932).
Story of Civilization, by Will and Ariel Durant (1935-1975).
This eleven-volume set is considered an “outline” of history and has been criticized for suggesting history can be understood in summary form. I have found some of these volumes invaluable as overview and starting point for more serious study, however, and highly recommend any title of interest among the collection. I read several of them cover-to-cover, though I found The Renaissance (Volume 5), which was mostly about art, hard to appreciate in prose, most of the volumes were delightful summaries of their periods.
The Story of Philosophy: the Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosphers from Plato to John Dewey, by Will Durant (1926).
Must-have, must-read. Though this is a conventional treatment of the subject and I would be loathe to label John Dewey (inventor of modern education) a “great,” this is the absolute best introduction to and summary of the great philosophers I’ve come upon. Durant’s mission was to bring ideas to “everyman” and he was criticized for dumbing it down, but the standards must have been much higher then because there’s nothing dumb about his work.
The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration, by Richard M. Ebeling and Jacob G. Hornberger (1995).
I absolutely respect the rights to work and travel and understand the value of the free movement of individuals. I do think, however, that the powers-that-be exploit libertarians’ dedication to liberty in various ways from drug legalization to immigration, and have written about the factors to beware of in both of these areas. (For my thoughts on drug legalization, click here and here; on immigration, click here.)
The Decline of American Liberalism, by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. (1972).
He’s not talking about liberalism as in the left, he’s talking about classical liberalism, as in liberty.
Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, by Jacques Ellul (1965).
Thank you, Binkley!
The Innocence of Oswald: 50+ Years of Lies, Deception & Deceit in the Murders of President John F. Kennedy & Officer J.D. Tippit, by Gary Fannin (2016).
Short, easy to read treatment of some of the evidence that discredits the official narrative of the JFK assassination. For my full review, click here.

The American Newsreel: 1911-1967, by Raymond Fielding (1972).
Addresses both the what-you-see-is-what-you-get aspect and the propaganda aspect of the precursor for today’s TV news.
Autobiography of Martin Van Buren, edited by John C. Fitzpatrick (1918).
One of three books the brilliant (though crazy?) Ezra Pound recommended in Impact, this book is so seldom read, I purchased a first edition copy only to find upon its arrival that the pages had never been cut! Still, I bet it’s a great read!
On the Trail of the Assassins, by Jim Garrison (1988).
Jim Garrison only prosecutor to bring a case to trial pertaining to the JFK assassination–and it cost him.
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education, by John Taylor Gatto (1991).
John Taylor Gatto is my favorite writer, thinker, speaker and practitioner in the field of education. This is the book he is most well-known for but his 5 hour video series The Ultimate History Lesson is also a must.
World Corporation, by King Gillette (1910).
From the man who brought the world disposable razors, a Utopian socialist paradise in the form of a World Corporation. Just so you know what some of these megalomaniacs are up to and always have been. For more on this man and this book, click here.
Blood Money: The Civil War and the Federal Reserve, by John Remington Graham (2006).
A Constitutional History of Secession, by John Remington Graham (2002).
I really enjoyed this book. I had long wondered how the Founders could have done such a sloppy job that the Constitution is toothless after less than 200 years. This book explains it–they didn’t screw up–it took Lincoln and a million dead Americans to kill the Constitution those very Americans thought they were fighting for.
Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending in America from the Civil War to Michael Milken, by James Grant (1992).
Grant is a well-respected contrarian financial thinker.
Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out, by Mike Gray (1999).
Read my review here.
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, by G. Edward Griffin (2002).
Many think this is the book that started it all–it isn’t, Eustace Mullins’ book, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, is. Nevertheless, this is usually the favored gateway book to understanding the insidious nature of the Fed.
With No Apologies: The Personal and Political Memoirs of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater (1979).
Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, by Daniel Goleman (1994).
As someone who does great on standardized tests, I like to overemphasize the importance of that kind of IQ, but Binkley is getting me out of that habit, starting with this book.
Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People, by Servando González (2010).
With a robust index and dozens of pages of footnotes, this was just the book I was looking for to (1) lay out the manifestations in the world today of the grand conspiracy, and (2) provide resources and leads for further investigation. The topic Gonzalez focuses on the most in this book is his claim that Castro has always been a CIA operative. Given the author’s Cuban heritage, I’m not surprised he focused on this, but I got a little bogged down. One thing I love about the book is the author’s non-dogmatic view of viable and just economic systems. I’m an anarcho-capitalist because I don’t believe a coercive, monopoly government can be just, but I respect Gonzalez’s distinction between cronyistic, transnational corporatism and what he calls “mom & pop capitalism.” A nod to anti-globalists without falling for the Marx psyop….That’s right, Gonzalez points out (and I’ve read this before) that Marx and the Soviet Union were ultimately elitist psyops, first to convince the masses they themselves were in charge (kinda like democracy!), and, second, in the case of the Soviet Union, to keep the Czar from establishing a petroleum powerhouse in opposition to Rockefeller. Yup, this book is chock full of goodies!
The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene (1998).
Highly recommended and easy to read. It’s one of only a handful of books both Perez & Binkley had on their bookshelves without realizing it!
Married Men Die First: A Blessing, by Phillip Greenspan (2013).
A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation, by Chad Hansen (1992).
In a podcast, I expressed an interest in understanding Chinese thought–a listener recommended this which looks to be quite on point and promises to be highly relevant to the near future of both East and West.
Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism, 1717-1927, by Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs (2007).
Haven’t read this one yet and I don’t think it’s a full-on conspiracy exposé. Just the facts. (Those should be enough!)
It’s Not About Religion, by Gregory Harms (2012).
The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, by Gregory Harms (2012).
Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel & World History, by Gregory Harms (2010).
I found Harms’ books illuminating and well-written. The subject matter is so deeply entwined with questions pertaining to the true center of power in the world today (does Israel wag the dog or is it the lapdog of the Anglo-American Establishment?) that I always look with great skepticism at any writings on the subject. Funny thing about Harms’ writings though, both sides could take issue with them–maybe that’s a good sign! He comes out harshly on Israel in his assessment of the Palestine-Israel conflict but he concludes in Straight Power Concepts that Israel does not in fact wag the dog. These are small books and very worth reading, but I warn you, Harms will challenge your thinking no matter which side of the issue you are on.
Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the unsolved murder of a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging global epidemics, by Edward T. Hallam (2007).
I was not convinced by the book but I still enjoyed the read.
Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, by Henry Hazlitt (1946).
One of my father’s favorites, we all grew up on this.
Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society, by Robert Higgs (2004).
I. Love. Bob. Higgs.
Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, by Robert Higgs (1987).
Bob Higgs most well-known work.
Depression, War and Cold War: Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity, by Robert Higgs (2006).
Breaking glass only to repair it doesn’t increase wealth, yet many still fall for the canard that World War II brought us out of the Great Depression when nothing else would. Enter Higgs.
Resurgence of the Warfare State, by Robert Higgs (2005).
A History of Interest Rates, by Sidney Homer and Richard Sylla (c.1963).
A must-have classic. I actually made a video about it! 

Democracy, The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (2001).
See my review here.
The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (1993).
Property rights are the most interesting economic and political question and Hoppe is my favorite anarcho-capitalist author.
The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (2003).
From the horror of wars of ideology to the democratic state killing its own people to the ability to defend oneself even from foreign attack, the Myth of National Defense is essential reading for anyone ready to question his or her assumptions that the all-encompassing modern state is the only way or even the best way to defend oneself.
A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (2010).
Another great one by Hoppe.
Philip Dru, Administrator: The Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935, by Edward Mandell House (1911).
House (aka Colonel House) was Woodrow Wilson’s Svengali, a founding member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Wilson’s representative at Versailles who, against Wilson’s wishes, negotiated a vindictive peace that helped lay the groundwork for World War II. This book is his novel/fantasy of world dictatorship.
Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles, by Jesús Huerta de Soto (1998).
An Austrian economics essential.
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (1996).
Surprisingly, the very best thing about this book is the footnotes, which are in sum longer than the text itself. It’s basically one big long fascinating book list (like this page is!)
The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order, by Samuel P. Huntington (1996).
In reflecting on the 20th Century, it was clear to me that the dialectic of communism v fascism resulted in a nexus of the two which we now live with across the western world – socialism at the bottom (handouts), fascism at the top (cronyism). That’s the Hegelian way – thesis, antithesis, synthesis. So I wondered what was the dialectic of the 21st Century and when I saw Bernard Lewis in Foreign Affairs and Samuel Huntington in this book lay out the West v Islam thesis in their Clash of Civilizations writings, I knew this was it. My only question? Dialectics don’t end in the triumph of one over the other nor in a return to the status quo ante, they end in synthesis, so what’s in store? What is it about Islam they want to incorporate into the New World Order? My working theory is that the goal will involve some world state complete with a mandated world religion, perhaps a secular moral law that dictates our approach to population growth, “charity,” etc. The end game may be yet to be seen, but the dialectic seems to be this Clash of Civilizations.
Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, by Peter Janney, Dick Russell (2009).
Good book about the killing of JFK’s last mistress, Mary’s Mosaic…convincing arguments that the CIA was in on it, written by the son of a CIA man and a friend of Mary’s family – whose husband incidentally was also a CIA agent.
The Jefferson Bible, by Thomas Jefferson (1820).
TJ extracted from the Bible everything Jesus is quoted as saying and compiled the quotes in this classic, The Jefferson Bible.
The Founding of a Nation: A History of the American Revolution, 1763-1776, by Merrill Jensen (1968).
From Major Jordan’s Diaries, by George Racey Jordan (1965). Major Jordan witnessed weapons transfers from the US to the USSR…the rabbit hole is deep indeed.
The Strange Death of FDR: A History of the Roosevelt-Delano Dynasty, America’s Royal Family, by Emanuel M. Josephson (1948).
This reads more like a reference work than a book but it does lay out the fascinating interconnections among all of the United States’ Presidents.
Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money, by Robert T. Kiyosaki (2009).
I received this as a gift so I don’t know if it delivers but this author sure is popular!

Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom, by Joseph A. Klein (2005).
I haven’t read this yet, though I do own it. It was recommended by a listener. Seems a little mainstream for me, pro-Republican, anti-Clinton…not that I mind anti-Clinton but sometimes hot button issues on the right like the UN are used to promote partisanship for the GOP–please let me know in the comment section below if you’ve read this and what you think about it.
The Case of the Midwife Toad, by Arthur Koestler (1971).
After reading the The Thirteenth Tribe, I wanted to understand what Koestler was all about so I bought this. I review this book here.

Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler (1941).
I rarely indulge in fiction but this provides a contemporary glimpse into a fictional though highly realistic communist hero turned enemy of the state.
The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and Its Heritage, by Arthur Koestler (1976).
This is a controversial book because it claims an Eastern European empire converted to Judaism roughly a thousand years ago and when it fell and its people migrated they ended up in Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine, forming the basis for the large Jewish populations in that region. This is interpreted by some as invalidating modern Jewry’s claim on Israel because it means they are not blood descendants of Old Testament Jews. I don’t have an opinion about that, but the book was a fascinating account of a corner of European history I hadn’t previously known about. Koestler, himself an English Jew, addresses this potential criticism directly, opining that these historical facts, if true, do not impair the legacy of modern Jews.

Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Selected Essays 1949-1995, by Irving Kristol (1995).
For my review, click here.
In Stalin’s Secret Service: Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect, by W.G. Krivitsky (1980).
Fascinating and sad.
Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Times, by Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1952).
I haven’t read this yet, but I’m super excited about it. I hope I’m not disappointed.
Dollars for Terror: The U.S. and Islam, by Richard Labévière (2000).
See my review of this book here.
National Security and Individual Freedom,  Harold D. Lasswell (1950).
Not an easy read but not a tough one, this book lays out, on behalf of an association of corporations, how to restructure the federal government (through committees) and influence the populace (through community representatives) to facilitate certain policy goals. This seems to be the origin of the oxymoronic conflation of security with freedom.
Propaganda Techniques in the World War, by Harold D. Lasswell (1938).
Thank you, Binkley!
World Revolutionary Propaganda, by Harold Lasswell (1939).
The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, by Gustave Le Bon (1895).
Thanks again, Binkley!
The World of Islamic Civilization, by Gustave Le Bon (1884).
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Jesse Livermore (1922).
A classic for those interested in finance.
The Report from Iron Mountain, by Leonard Lewin (1967).
An exposé of the deep plans of government, this is an absolute must-read, must-own. Later claimed to be a hoax, it was supported as essentially accurate by L. Fletcher Prouty, and as literally real by John Kenneth Galbraith.
Triage, by Leonard Lewin (1972).
Lewin’s non-fiction best-seller (distributed internally widely throughout the US government) The Report from Iron Mountain was later said to be a hoax. This would require masterful writing, insight and story-building by Lewin so I looked to see if he had previously had a record of that and I couldn’t find any evidence of it. I did find this novel, written around the same time the hoax story was floated, likely to make it look like Lewin could in fact invent something like the Report from Iron Mountain. I still don’t buy it!
Why Is Your Country At War And What Happens To You After The War And Related Subjects, by Charles August Lindbergh (1917).
This is the aviator’s father, a US Senator and staunch opponent of both the Federal Reserve and World War One. Here is his contemporary writings on–so much is foreseeable and preventable yet history presents it as accidental or inevitable. Contemporary writings like these help clear the fog.
Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann (1922).
The Phantom Public, by Walter Lippmann (1925).
Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, by Andrew M. Lobaczewski (2007).
This is the origin of my glossary term, pathocracy.
The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People, by John Loftus and Mark Aarons (1994).
There is much in the conspiracy literature pointing to the hidden hand of Zionism in modern Anglo-American history. Obviously the US, the UK and Israel are closely allied, but does the tail wag the dog? Does Israel really control the Anglo-American Establishment? There is plenty of literature that claims this is so, then there’s that which claims the opposite. This is such a work and is responsible for convincing more than one person who has recommended it to me.
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, by John R. Lott, Jr. (1998).
I read this long ago and have since read articles claiming to debunk it but I reject those. This study has been validated and an excellent companion to it is this must-read study in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide: A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence, by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser. For some of my thoughts on the subject, click here.
The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance, by Avro Manhattan (1986).
This book reads a tad like disinfo but if you’re interested in exploring the idea that the Vatican is at the bottom of the rabbit hole, Avro is your man.
The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, by Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks (1974).
The Rope Dancer, by Victor Marchetti (1971).
One of the few works of fiction in this list, it’s a diverting tale with a first hand feel for being a spy.
The Joys of Living, by Orison Swett Marden (1913).
Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe (1589).
Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Plays, Penguin Classics Edition.
Better than Shakespeare?
Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Poems & Translations, Penguin Classics Edition.
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, by Jim Marrs (1989).
Marrs is a well-known JFK researcher (and general conspiracy theorist?) so this had to be a part of my JFK collection.
Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens? by Jim Marrs (2013).
Who knows? Maybe!
The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror, by Philip Marshall (2012).
In the final analysis, this book is a limited hangout, but as is the risk with such things, it did some damage insofar as it convinced me to dig into 9/11. This book convinced me that the hijackers of 9/11 weren’t working alone as per the official story–the goal of the book is to pin it squarely on Saudi Arabia, but that’s just a start. The author allegedly killed himself, his two beautiful teenage children and his dog just before his latest book was to come out. Why would someone providing disinformation as I think this book was ultimately meant to be, be suicided? Maybe he was going to turn or maybe he simply knew too much.
The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider, by Al Martin (2001).
I was about to throw this in the garbage (something I almost never do with a book), but I thought I should post it here and let you know it is straight up disinfo plain and simple. Avoid it.
Controlling World Trade: Cartels and Commodity Agreements, a Research Study for the Committee for Economic Development, by Edward S. Mason (1946).
I first discovered this Committee of large-scale business interests reading Lasswell’s National Security and Individual Freedom (see above), one of the numerous studies commissioned by the Committee. This book cites 13 studies done on behalf of the Committee and in my mind this is nothing short of a conspiracy to control the world through its economies as the title suggests. 
The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, by Alfred W. McCoy (1972).
Widely regarded as a seminal work in exposing US Deep State connections with the international drug trade. Even so, McCoy revealed that the CIA censored some portions of the book before publication.
Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder, by David McGowan (2004).
McGowan is an extremely thorough researcher who brings out many details in the cases of well-known serial murders that make one question the official narratives. The implications include that some crimes are lumped into a serial-killer’s spree just to close cases, but more sinisterly, that there are overarching political reasons for these killers to exist from “haystacking” murders (that is, to include an assassination in a string of random murders in an effort to mask motive) to using a strategy of tension to get public buy-in for police-state policies. McGowan isn’t the best at crafting alternative narratives–he seems to prefer to lay out the facts and let you connect the dots–but that approach has its advantages in that he can’t be criticized for being a conspiracy theorist because there’s very little theory in his books!
Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Cover Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream, by David McGowan (2014).
Another meticulously researched book by McGowan, but again, from a reader’s point of view, too many facts not enough narrative. The connections between the counterculture and military intelligence is, however, compelling on their face so the book is a good read.
Drug War Facts, by Douglas A. McVay (2007).
The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace, by James Mills (1986).
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, by Ludwig von Mises (1940).
The masterwork of the master. (I chose the audiobook–just let it play, never rewind–trust me!)
The Theory of Money & Credit, Ludwig von Mises (1953).
Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America, by Roger Morris (1996).
The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land, by Andrew P. Napolitano (2007).
Extremely easy to read introduction to the US Constitution by one of my favorite libertarians and the youngest judge to be appointed to the federal bench.
Makers of the Modern Mind,  by Thomas Patrick Neill (1949).
Absolutely essential reading. Neill identifies eleven thinkers who define the basic assumptions and patterns underlying modern thought and, consequently, modern society.
International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Proceedings of the Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism, edited by Benjamin Netanyahu (1981).
Condemned to Devil’s Island: The Biography of an Unknown Convict, by Blair Niles (1928).
Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock (1935).
Read my review here.
Rhythm, Riots and Revolution, by David A. Noebel (1966).
Dated in style and mores including stuff that is offensive today, Noebel nevertheless delivers telling contemporary insights into how psychological techniques discovered and developed in the Soviet Union were imported by certain factions in the US to use culture to disrupt society in ways tailor-made to specific age groups and developmental stages.
A New Monetary System: Mankind’s Greatest Step, by Charles S. Norbury and Russell L. Norbury (1971).
Slim volume; outside the box.
The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History, by Douglass C. North, R.P. Thomas (1973).
Libertarian-friendly history.
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, by Robert A. Pape (2005).
End the Fed, by Ron Paul (2009).
Simple. Elegant.
Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, by Ron Paul (2011).
Great, simple overview of basic issues with recommendations for further reading.
The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System, by Ron Paul (2013).
This reads something like a sales pitch, something like a self-help book and in fact it is both, and more. Ron Paul’s School Revolution holds a parent’s hand through the mental barriers of opting out of the low-quality, high-cost, ideologically dangerous mainstream school option in favor of the technology-driven revolution in school choice. He offers his own curriculum, or promises to soon, but more important, Dr. Paul allows one to feel comfortable with thinking outside the book and tailoring your child’s education to his needs and your shared goals. A quick, valuable read. Highly recommend.
The Chasm Ahead: An Overview of a World in Crisis–Why the growing gap between the United States and Europe is a tragedy and what can be done now to stave off disaster, by Aurelio Peccei (1969).
Peccei was the first president of the Club of Rome–part of the Council on Foreign Relations-Chatham House continuum. Books like this reveal the plans of the high cabal.
The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, by James Perloff (1988).
Often I wonder if books like this are info or disinfo – so far, I think Perloff is legit.
The Labor Policy of the Free Society, by Sylvester Petro (1957).
The Republic, Plato (380BC).
Essential political reading.
Fall of the Roman Republic, Plutarch (c.120AD).
I asked an extremely erudite priest for a short list of must-reads for an autodidact with a few holes in her repertoire and this was on his list. Nuff said.
The Open Society and its Enemies, by Karl R. Popper (1962).
This is the two volume work that forms the foundation of George Soros’ philosophical motive-force. From wiki, “Popper saw the open society as standing on a historical continuum reaching from the organic, tribal, or closed society, through the open society marked by a critical attitude to tradition, up to the abstract or depersonalized society lacking all face-to-face interaction transactions.”
Confucius: The Unwobbling Pivot, The Great Digest, The Analects, by Ezra Pound (1928).
Together with The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren and The Jefferson-Adams letters, Pound insists this is essential reading. I always prefer translations into the language of the translator and a great writer might not always produce the most meticulous translations but they do often produce the most readable ones, hence this as my choice for an introduction to Confucius.
Impact: Essays on Ignorance and the Decline of American Civilization, by Ezra Pound (1960).
This book is intense. Lots of deep thoughts, original ideas, but also sometimes hard to follow–is that because Pound was crazy or a genius? He was forcibly committed to a mental institution, but he is still clearly brilliant. He suggests in this work separating medium of exchange from store of value for money–chew on that for awhile. He is also fiercely anti-banking and is widely regarded as anti-semitic but I don’t know if that was a conflation of his banking sentiment and the perceived ethnicity of bankers. He commissioned Eustace Mullins to expose the Federal Reserve, which he did in The Secrets of the Federal Reserve, the original off which some think The Creature from Jekyl Island was based.
What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government, by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1840).
The origin of property rights is the fundamental question in my opinion. This is considered to be a vital work in that inquiry.
JFK: The CIA, Viet Nam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, by L. Fletcher Prouty (1992).
For my review, click herehere.
The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allis in Control of the United States and the World, by L. Fletcher Prouty (1974).
I loved Prouty’s JFK so I have high hopes for this book.
The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, by Carroll Quigley (1981).
Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, by Carroll Quigley (1966).
This is THE book that explains the grand conspiracy. I don’t normally go for the intellectual over-analysis of social phenomena, but this book is actually a fascinating, comprehensive overview of a history in our time as the subtitle promises. But what made this book famous – or infamous – is how this establishment insider, Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley, tells all about the conspiracy to establish the second coming of the British Empire, albeit under the radar. Quigley names names, dates, events, plots, puppet institutions & anything you’d want to know about who is directing the course of the world and has been for a hundred years. The author had full access to archives of the most sensitive nature and was excoriated for this expose, but he thought a One World Government would be a good thing and wanted to bring its heroes out into the sun.
Taliban, by Ahmed Rashid (2000).
Be sure to get a first edition–I would not trust any book discussing radical Islam published after 9/11/01. Not sure I “trust” this one either, but it’s got plenty of good stuff in it.
A Treatise on Currency & Banking, by Condy Raguet (1840).
NEA: Propaganda Front of the Radical Left, by Sally D. Reed (1984).
Reagan-era hard-right anti-left propaganda, but I like to have some of that stuff just for the record.
Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA: From  Mena, Arkansas, to the White House: How the Presidency was Co-Opted by the CIA, by Terry Reed and John Cummings (1995).
The Greatest Story Never Told: Winston Churchill and the Crash of 1929, by Pat Riott (1994).
You’ve heard the story of Bernard Baruch taking Winston Churchill to the trading floor to watch the crash unfold? No? Here it is.
PEACE, by the Wonderful People Who Brought You Korea & Viet Nam: An Authoritative Indictment Of Maleficent Federal Leadership And A Successful Formula For Corrective Action, by Archibald E. Roberts, Lt. Col. AUS (Ret.) (1972).
For my review, click here.
Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free-Masons, Illuminati and Reading Societies, etc., collected from good authorities, by John Robison (1797).
The title  and date say it all. This is the first exposé of Adam Weishaupt and the Illuminati.
Black Popes: Authority: Its Use and Abuse, by Archbishop Rogers, SJ (1954).
Haven’t read it yet but the title intrigues.
Anatomy of the State, by Murray N. Rothbard (1974).
Essential Rothbard.
The Case Against the Fed, by Murray N. Rothbard (1994).
Short and to the point.
Conceived in Liberty, by Murray N. Rothbard (1975).
The libertarian treatment of the origins of the United States of America. (Four volumes.)
For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray N. Rothbard (1973).
Cursorily answers all the questions about anarcho-capitalism, or a natural law society. I only wish the examples were more recent. Each chapter could be a book on its own and, actually, the mises institute ( has many books that are dedicated to one or another of Rothbard’s topics. A joy to read.
The Mystery of Banking, by Murray N. Rothbard (2008).
special counsel: an inside report on the senate investigations into communism, by william a. rusher (lower case in original; 1968)
An essential component of any Deep History library.
Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers, by Gus Russo (2006).
From the cover: “Acclaimed investigative reporter Gus Russo returns with the remarkable story of the ‘Supermob,’ a cadre of men who, overt he course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society.”
My view: I often find journalists’ books hard to slog through – they never seem to be able to craft a large narrative. That said, I think this one will be worth the effort–maybe a little speed-reading technique will help 🙂
A Modern History of the Islamic World, Reinhard Schulze (2000).
Even a casual observer can see that the Arab world was secularizing and that the west has targeted the secular leaders not the religious ones (the most radical Islamist government ever, Saudi Arabia is a strong ally of the west, yet secular, pan-Arab or pan-sect leaders such as Nasser, Mossadegh, Hussein, Qaddafi, Assad, etc., are victims of regime change or attempted regime change.) In an effort to dig into this apparent truth, I’ve been looking into Arab history but only up to 9/11–anything written after that is tainted in my opinion as the narrative of a crazed organic radical Islamic movement of great military strength is promoted through an avalanche of propaganda. This is one of the books I came up with.
The American Deep State: Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for US Democracy, by Peter Dale Scott (2015).
I’m eager to read this book though I haven’t yet. Scott has a very “legit” background as a Canadian diplomat and a lecturer at Berkeley, but is still highly regarded in alternative communities. Should be good.
A People’s Runnymede: To Establish a People’s Common Law Parliament, by Robert J. Scruton (1941).
Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage, 1775-1821, by George Selgin (2008).
The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Viet Nam, by Geoffrey Shaw (2015).
This book garnered mainstream praise, which could mean that it is a whitewash, but it might help illuminate the issue.
Hurricane Watch: Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth, by Dr. Bob Sheets and Jack Williams ( 2001).
Ya gotta start somewhere! This book comes highly recommended by none other than Ben Livingston so you know it’s got some merit. 
The Naked Capitalist: A Review and Commentary on Dr. Carroll Quigley’s Book, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, by W. Cleon Skousen (1970).
Tragedy and Hope is one of the few books to outline the Grand Conspiracy including the two-party psyop. Quigley was a Round Table insider who wrote about their influence on world events with pride but without their consent. Quigley was a professor of and major influence on Bill Clinton. This review was the first to distill Quigley’s shocking revelations of conspiracy.
The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen (1958).
A widely read classic exposé of the communist conspiracy to take over the world.
Islam in Modern History, by Wilfred Cantwell Smith (1957).
Single Issues, Joseph Sobran (1983).
Sobran described himself as a philosophical anarchist but this book reveals him to be a staunch cultural conservative–not as unusual as you would think in the libertarian community. Sobran has a controversial story btw–check it out here.
Social Statics: The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified and the First of Them Developed, by Herbert Spencer (1850).
Essential reading for the well-rounded philosophical anarchist.
The Decline of the West, by Oswald Spengler (1918-1923).
From the back cover of this edition: “In this engrossing and highly controversial philosophy of history, Spengler describes how we have entered into a centuries-long “world-historical phase”comparable to late antiquity. Despite Spengler’s reputation today as an extreme pessimist, The Decline of the West remains essential reading for anyone interested int he history of civilization.”
My view: Forget Toynbee & Quigley, this is a must-read. Agree with Spengler or not, it will greatly expand the way you think about what’s happening in the world today.
Bloodlines of the Illuminati, by Fritz Springmeier (1999).
I have never been gripped by this topic, but my library would not be complete without this cult classic.
The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the rise of the Germanic Ideology, by Fritz Stern (1961).
This could be more relevant today, and to our own society, than the day it was written.
Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, by Jacob Sullum (2003).
Of course, I’m against the Drug War. (For more on that, click here.) I also think that the welfare state sets up a moral hazard for drug users who are insulated from the natural barriers against total depravity that the unmitigated consequences of excessive drug use can bring. (For more on that, click here.)
The Forgotten Man, by William Graham Sumner (1883).
America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull Bones, by Antony C. Sutton (1986).
Excellent book! Very convincing account by former Hoover Institute fellow Antony Sutton about the existence, power, influence and membership of Skull & Bones, the Yale secret society.
The Federal Reserve Conspiracy, by Antony Sutton (1995).
National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union, by Antony Sutton (1973).
Trilaterals Over Washington, by Antony C. Sutton and Patrick M. Wood (1978).
A good, slim introduction to the origins, mechanisms and goals of the Trilateral Commission and power in the world today.
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution: The Remarkable True Story of the American Capitalists Who Financed the Russian Communists, by Antony Sutton (1974).
Wall Street and FDR: The True Story of How Franklin Delano Roosevelt Colluded with Corporate America, by Antony Sutton (1975).
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler: The Incredible Story of the American Financiers Who Provided the Money and Materiel Hitler Used to Launch World War II, by Antony Sutton (1976).
Sutton is a meticulous researcher and after publishing his trilogy about Wall Street, FDR, Hitler and the Bolsheviks, he lost his position at the Hoover Institute. His legacy lives on, however, and these three works are often the launching off point for further study of the globalist banking and corporate interests that have shaped modern history.
The War on Gold, by Antony Sutton (1977).
Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster Griffin Tarpley (2008).
See my review here.
The Tariff History of the United States, F.W. Taussig (1888).
Another one where my husband just shakes his head. Really? Of the millions of books in the world, this is one of the ones you want to own? Sometimes I think he just doesn’t get me. 
A Generation Awakes: Young Americans for Freedom and the Creation of the Conservative Movement, by Wayne Thorburn (2010).
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau (1849).
Thoreau exhorts us to refuse the tax collector or move out of our State to protest slavery in the US. Thanks to FDR and the withholding tax and, ironically, Lincoln and the Civil War, both of these defenses against an unjust government have been taken from us. Woe are us.
Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville (1835).
An absolute classic, must-have, must read.
Gekaufte Journalisten, by Udo Ulfkotte (2014).
This is the only book in my list that is in a foreign language. I felt I had to buy a first edition, however, lest it change when and if it ever gets translated. The author was an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and revealed that the CIA controls the German press. I recall distinctly hearing him claim that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and wanted to reveal what he knew before he died. I remained alert to the news of his death. He did in fact die in January 2017, reportedly of a heart attack, though some have reported the circumstances of his death were suspicious. (I have to wonder if his death was deliberately shrouded in mystery to create an air of conspiranoia around the guy and thereby discredit him.) My point is, if the CIA is in complete control of the German mainstream media, what are its limits here? If you don’t think this is a real problem, look into Operation Mockingbird.
The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren (see John Fitzpatrick, above).
The Law of Nations, by Emer de Vattel (1758).
Putting into writing the fundamental laws that have arisen among nations over the history of civilization, this work is widely regarded as the single most influential work on the Founders of the United States and the foundational documents they produced.
The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History, by David A. Vise (2002).
I always take Pulitzer-Prize-winning authors with a grain of salt, but it’s a good read.
Up from Slavery, by Booker T. Washington (1900).
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion, by Gary Webb (1998).
From the author who broke open the Iran-Contra Scandal, this is the book that ultimately led Gary Webb to kill himself by shooting himself in the head–twice! It’s considered a must-read in understanding the Drug State, and I will get through it, but it suffers from the style common among journalists writing books–a litany of facts without enough overarching narrative.
They Were Expendable: An American Torpedo Boat Squadron in the U.S. Retreat from the Philippines, by W. L. White (1942).
This kind of thing is so sad, but it’s important for the moral citizen to stay aware of the horrors of war.
The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000, by Chris Wickham (2009).
Another from my erudite priest.
I was a bit disappointed when the first few chapters of this book were filled with kingship successions throughout Europe–I was interested in the cultural inheritance and the legal inheritance Rome left to Europe, not the lineal progression of kings. However, after I decided to just speed read the darn thing, I discovered many rich tidbits. Not sure how much I’ll retain with this method, but this is for sure a great resource, comprehensive and scholarly.
Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia, by Paul Williams (2014)
From Barry Dudley in a comment to this blog: A book by Paul Williams called “Operation Gladio” is a revelation of how the US government worked in partnership with the Catholic Church and the mob starting back at the end of the 2nd WW selling drugs in Harlem to begin with. This is in line with your thoughts of a “puppet master” government.
From me: I haven’t read the book yet, and I’m confident it’s full of great information and well-documented sources, but I see that in other works this author perpetuates the official narrative that radical Islam arose organically to be the preeminent threat to western civilization while the evidence is overwhelming that the west fomented radical Islam as a pretext to conquer the Middle East through violence. This book might be a limited hangout, but one that might provide lots of great information.
American Contempt for Liberty, by Walter E. Williams (2015).
Sadly, it has come to this.
The State Against Blacks, by Walter E. Williams (1982).
Only the state has the power to truly oppressive an entire race of people indefinitely.
England’s Holy War: A Study of English Liberal Idealism During the Great War, by Irene Cooper Willis (1928).
Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors that Shattered the CIA, by David Wise (1992).
Feels a little too mainstream for me, but it was a good read.
The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (2004).
I bought this book for a catholic school administrator I know and I decided I ought to flip through it before I give it to her to make sure it is worth reading. I ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover in one night! It is an amazingly concise, erudite and well-written explanation of the most important features of Austrian economics which alone made the book worth reading. This discussion was set on a backdrop of the moral underpinnings of Austrian economics and how they are consistent with the Church’s teachings and basic principles, as laid out by Aquinas among others. Woods also respectfully points out places where popes have gotten it wrong (in particular Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.) This being said, there isn’t very much religious discussion, and there seems no need for more. One of the best points Woods makes (and I am beginning to get a fuller grasp of this over time) is: Austrian economics like all sound systems in the natural or social sciences are both moral and efficient not by coincidence but by the inherent and sublime organization of nature. I thought this book was very, very well done.
The Law: The Story of Laws and the Men Who Made Them from the Earliest Times to the Present, by René A. Wormser (1949).
Very straightforward, easy reading overview for the layman not the lawman. When it starts getting into American history, however, it takes the tone of “this is the best of all possible worlds,” which I don’t care for.
Foundations: Their Power and Influence, by René A. Wormser (1958).
The Reece Committee tasked Wormser as counsel and Norman Dodd as researcher to determine whether or not tax-exempt foundations were working toward unAmerican ends. The conclusion? Yes. This book is Wormser’s report. Following is Norman Dodd’s fascinating account of his experience working for the committee.

The Making of the Modern Near East: 1792-1923, by M.E. Yapp (1987).
The Hidden History of 9-11, edited by Paul Zarembka (2006).
I haven’t read much on 9/11 so I can’t say whether this is the real deal or not, but it might be.
The Living Thoughts of Tolstoy, by Stefan Zweig (1963).
I love Stefan Zweig (a great writer) and I love Tolstoy (a great writer and a spiritualist anarchist) – how could I not have this book!

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