Extracurricular Reading


Bailyn, Bernard. The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction. 1986.

Haynes, Sam W. Unfinished Revolution: The Early American Republic in a British World. 2010.

Lukacs, John. A New Repubic: A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century. 2004.

Paul, Rodman W. The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition 1859-1900. 1988.

Van Alstyne, Richard W. The Rising American Empire. 1960.

Wiebe, Robert H. The Opening of American Society: From the Adoption of the Constitution to the Eve of Disunion. 1984.


Daniel, Marcus. Scandal & Civility: Journalism and the Birth of American Democracy. 2009.

Hall, Kermit & Thomas Paterson. Major Problems in American Constitutional History: Documents and Essays, Volume I. 1991.

Sharp, James Roger. American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis. 1993.


Carter, Ralph G. Ed. Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade. 2002.

Elkins, Stanley & Eric McKittrick. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800. 1993.

Gilbert, Felix. To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy. 1961.

Morris, Richard B. The Forging of the Union 1781-1789. 1987.

Phillips, Kevin P. American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century. 2006.

Rakove, Jack N. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. 1996.


Ansari, Ali M. Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle East. 2006.

Armstrong, Karen. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time. 2006.

Bacevich, Andrew J. Washington Rules: American’s Path to Permanent War. 2010.

Emerick, Yahiya. The Life and Work of Muhammad. 2002.

Irons, Peter. War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution. 2005.

Lambert, Frank. The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World. 2007.

Paul, Ron. End the Fed. 2009.

Paul, Ron. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom. 2011.

Phillips, Kevin. Bad Money – Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. 2008.

Rashid, Ahmed. Descent Into Chaos : The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. 2008.

Rashid, Ahmed. Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia.

Rogerson, Barnaby. The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam’s First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split. 2006.

Scheuer, Michael. Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror. 2004.

Woods, Jr., Thomas E. Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse. 2009.


Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. 2000.

Bacevich, Andrew J. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. 2008.

Balmer, Randall H. Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distort Faith and Threatens America. 2007.

Catherwood, Christopher. A Brief History of the Middle East: From Abraham to Arafat. 2006.

Coleman, Isabel. Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East. 2010.

Hofstadter, Richard. Anti-Intellectualism In American Life. 1962.

Hofstadter, Richard. The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840. 1969.

Hynes, Patrick. In Defense of the Religious Right. 2006.

Kepel, Gilles. Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East. 2008.

Polk, William K. Understanding Iraq. 2005.

Shenkman, Rick. Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. 2008.

Steinberg, Alfred. The First Ten: The Founding Presidents and their Administrations. 1967.

Various Authors. The Fight is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World. 2003.


Borneman, Walter R. 1812: The War That Forged A Nation. 2004.

Hofstadter, Richard. America at 1750: A Social Portrait. 1971.

Paul, Ron. The Revolution: A Manifesto. 2008.

Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. 1957.


Bloch, Marc. The Historian’s Craft. 1953.

Eidsmoe, John. Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of our Founding Fathers. 1987.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense.

Rakove, Jack N. James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. 2002.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. D-
    May 10, 2009 @ 16:51:21

    Hofstadter’s book was an eye opener. Somewhere in the cobwebs of my memory banks I remember reading ever so briefly about white slavery here in the British colony of America. Now a days, all one hears about is the black slavery. Any way you put it, slavery is the pits for those who are enslaved no matter what color or sex. I liked the refreshing syle he put into the facts. Recommended reading for anyone interested in truth about our heritage.

    Paul’s book is an eye opener for the Conservative Libertarian.To bad the media and the political parties shut him up. He has a lot of truth written in those chapters. My liberal leaning neighbor has the book now and is appalled by what the media didn’t want the public to know. He voted for Obama and is now almost regretting it. But, says he, the Republicans didn’t offer anyone worth voting for.

    Obamites voted for change and the change they are getting isn’t what America needs…. but the people have voted. They’ll get what they didn’t want and the media will support the policies until the day they themselves are censored. Then it will be too late.


    • Thomas
      May 20, 2009 @ 23:34:24

      I agree. Hofstadter’s book really was good. It was a great review for me as I didn’t really come across anything I hadn’t already learned. Too bad he died before completing what was supposed to be part 2 of that work.

      You should have the neighbor listen to Neal Boortz, a syndicated radio host. He’s a Libertarian along the lines of Ron Paul. Has a few more things I agree with than Paul, but the Libertarian bent towards anarchy is too much to swallow.


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