Book Recommendations:

American Exceptionalism

The Federalist Papers (Introduction by Charles Kesler) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto

Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer

On Common Sense by Thomas Paine

God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World by Walter Russell Mead

Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson

The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike by Peter Baldwin

 

National Security:

Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States by The 9/11 Commission

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle between America and Its Enemies by George Friedman

The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians by Caleb Carr

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within by Bruce Bawer

The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma

The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror by Natan Sharansky

War by Sebastian Junger

 

Politics:

Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power by Lou Cannon

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon

Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel

 

Economics:

Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes

Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John B. Taylor

Trust: The Social Virtues & the Creation of Prosperity by Francis Fukuyama

Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age by Kay S. Hymowitz

 

Fiction:

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati

The Trees by Conrad Richter

The Field by Conrad Richter

 

History:

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King

Supreme Command: Solders, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohan

 

Other:

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi