Reading List

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


Francisco is currently reading:

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray

Without You, There is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim.


The reading list below is a reference of some of the top works in each category Francisco consistently recommends to others.



Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth by Richard Paul Evans

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell



On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs by Father James Schall

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dali Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis



Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College edited by Gary Gregg II

The American Cause by Russell Kirk

The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink by Steve Hindy

The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the WOrld of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (Audio book)


Political Philosophy

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver

Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D’Souza

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg

Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists Bill Kauffman

Redeeming the Time by Russell Kirk

Somebody’s Gotta Say It by Neal Boortz

The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk

The Law by Frederic Bastiat

The Road to Freedom by Arthur Brooks

The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek

The Politics of Prudence by Russell Kirk

We Still Hold These Truths by Matt Spalding


Politics and Political Movements

A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes by John M. O’Hara

The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics by Matt Bai

The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George Nash

The Making of the American Conservative Movement: National Review and its Times by Jeffrey Hart

The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted American and What We Can Do About It by Angelo Codevilla



Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy by James O’Keefe

Crazy Coach on a Bike by Kevin Record

Decision Points by George W. Bush

God and Ronald Reagan by Paul Kengor

How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life by Peter Robinson

James Madison by Gary Wills

John Paul The Great by Peggy Noonan

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man by Albert J. Nock

Miracle on Luckie Street: From Homeless Drug Addict to Multimillionare: His Personal Turnaround, by Bob Williamson

My Grandfather’s Son by Clarence Thomas

Open by Andre Agassi

The Last Days of Socrates by Plato

The Sword of Imagination: Memoirs of a Half-Century of Literary Conflict by Russell Kirk

This is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House by Herman Cain



Confessions by Saint Augustine

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas Woods.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton



An Education for Our Time by Josiah Bunting

John Dewey & The Decline of American Education by Henry T. Edmondson III

The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom

The Idea of a University by John Henry Newman

The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Non-Belief by George Marsden

The Tumultuous Sixties: Campus Unrest and Student Life at a Southern University by J. Stanley Marshall


Christian-inspired Fiction

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


General Fiction

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe

Beowulf by Seamus Heaney

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway



A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida by Gary Mormino


The Holy Bible

Books Completed:






I Samuel

II Samuel

I Kings

II Kings



I Maccabees