Those of us who are old enough will remember when the phrase, "Reading is Fundamental", was used extensively to encourage reading among the young....and probably everone else too. I don't see it used any longer and that's disapointing because as a society we seem to read less than ever and understand less than ever while adamantly embracing the conclusions of our ignorance, which constitutes stupid - and stupid can't be fixed because stupid people refuse to learn, and that includes a great many over educated under smart people.
However - ignorance only means we don't know. Ignorance is fixable - all we have to do is be willing to find out what the facts really are. And that starts with a good history lesson - none of which can be found in America's schools or universities.
Over the years I foolishly thought just because I read something or knew something - everyone knew it also - and I didn't understand why they didn't come to my conclusions. Talk about dumb!
That's not the way the universe works. Some people read and some people don't. Some think deeply, some don't. Some people watched Fred Friendly's Ethics in America series and .... well.... most didn't have a clue what I was talking about, and the rest only thought they might have heard about it - and they were a very small minority. And I was stunned!
The fact of the matter is - some people are interested and some people aren't. I hate doing mechanical work - others think that's the greatest thing since New York style cheesecake. But - that's the way it is!
However, that shouldn't mean abandoning the goal of encouraging everyone to read books - articles aren't enough - we need books for depth. Just discussing what you've read is an encouragement, and even if they don't read - at least people will get the knowledge through you.
I don't buy into some of the views in some of the books listed here. As example - Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. He's a loon - a frightening loon - but Hillary, Obama and a great many on the left in powerful positions are deciples of Alinsky. We need to know what the other side says if we're to be able to overcome those views. We need to be in this arena if we're to be worthwhile leaders of our industry.
So, by way of encouragement to those who might be willing to jump into this arena I'm posting the last 50 books I've read over the last few years.
- 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, Thomas E. Woods Jr.
- America's Way Back, Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution, By Donald J. Devine
- Are Children More Vulnerable to Environmental Chemicals? Scientific and Regulatory Issues in Perspective, American Council on Science and Health
- The Big Ripoff, How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money, by Timothy P. Carney
- America's War on “Carcinogens”, Reassessing the Use of Animal Tests To Predict Human Cancer Risk, American Council on Science and Health (Editor's Note: This no longer appears to be available in book form, but the link is to a PDF of the book. This is a must read! RK)
- Eco-Imperialism, Green Power, Black Death, but Paul Driessen
- Eco-Freaks, Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health, By John Berlau
- Eco-Tyranny, how the Left's Green Agenda Will Dismantle America, By Brian Sussman
- Ecological Sanity, by Claus and Bolander
- Economic Facts and Fallacies, Tomas Sowell
- The Forgotten Man, A New History of the Great Depression, by Amity Shlaes
- The Excellent Powder, DDT's Political and Scientific History, by Donald Roberts, Rchard Tren with Roger Bate and Jennifer Zambone
- The Fluoride Wars, How a Modest Public Health Measure became American's Longest Running Political Melodrama, by R. Allan Freeze and Jay H. Lehr
- Green Gone Wild, Elevating nature Above Human Rights, by David Stirling
- Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond
- Intellectual morons, how Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas, by Daniel J. Flynn
- Intellectuals and Society, by Thomas Sowell
- Inside the Third Reich, Memoirs of Albert Speer
- Junk Science Judo, Self-Defense Against Health Scares and Scams, by Seven J. Milloy
- A Poverty of Reason, Sustainable Development and Economic Growth, by Wilfred Beckerman (booklet)
- Myths of Rich and Poor, Why We're Better Off Than We Think, by W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm
- A Man of Letters, by Thomas Sowell
- Interpreting the Precautionary Principle, by Tim O'Riordan and James Cameron
- Rules for Radicals, A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, by Saul D. Alinsky
- The Prince of Darkness, 50 Years of Reporting in Washington, by Robert D. Novak
- The Rat Catcher's Child, The History of the Pest Control Industry, by Dr. Robert Snetsinger
- Silent Spring at 50, The False Crisis of Rachel Carson, Edited by Roger Meiners, Peirre Desrochers, and Andrew Morriss
- Stalin's Secret Agents, The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government, by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein
- Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
- Silencing Science, by Steven Milloy and Michael Gouch (Editor's Note: This is a booklet, so I don't know why the price is so high, so explore the "See Buying Options" link.
- The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, by David S. Landes
- The World is Flat, A brief History of The Twenty-First Century, by Thomas L. Friedman
- Whores, Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment, by Larry Klayman