[November 18, 2020] Just the other day, a note was sent to me from a long-time friend from my days as a young man. At my friend’s request, I mailed him a list of books that I had recently read. These were books that required a bit of thinking to understand fully. He asked because he was starting up a business advising young men and women how to enter the U.S. military successfully.
Given his age at nearing 70, I smiled to myself at his audacity and fortitude. For those of us who grew up and the 1960s during those turbulent times, we were often intellectually pulled toward various forms of neo-Marxist ideology in those times and now. After living in countries with Marxist-style governments, a few of us learned firsthand how crushing such a government could be to the human spirit.
In this article, I link to several reading lists by people I highly respect for their moral fiber, intellect, and moral courage. Of course, Professor Jordan Peterson, Lt. Gen. James Mattis, and Thomas Sowell provided great books for us. I’m happy to say that my reading list includes many of these same books.
I like to inspect reading lists since it gives me a look into the mind of the one making such an arrangement. The books found in the lists range from the practical to the philosophical and back again. Many are very basic to the fundamental understanding of the United States’ founding and the development of democracy.
Yes, understanding leadership and our communities does mean learning a little history. This is how we can avoid the intellectual dangers and past pitfalls. Failure to learn from the past, as we all know, means that we are condemned to repeat it. My good friend from many years ago sends his thank you and appreciation.
Here is my list of lists:
- Jordan B. Peterson’s Book List: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/109006.Dr_Jordan_B_Peterson_s_Book_List
- Lt. Gen. James Mattis Professional Reading: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/42507.Lt_Gen_James_Mattis_Professional_Reading
- Thomas Sowell’s Suggested Readings: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/139221.Thomas_Sowell_s_Suggested_Readings
- William F. Buckley, Jr. Recommended Reading: https://www.americanprinciplesinstitute.org/recommended-reading/