I read a lot of books. Not the mind-numbing drivel that most people read — the fiction love story/murder mystery/horror stuff — that, while maybe good for a diversion and enjoyment, does nothing to expand the mind, but real books, with substance, that challenge me to think or inform me about the real history of our nation, where we came from and how we got to where we are.
So with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I would compile a list of books that would make great gifts for the liberty-loving and open-minded patriot. I think these would be great books to add to your gift list — especially if you’re looking for something to give the person who has everything. Nothing broadens the horizons like a good book. They are presented in no particular order.
The Creature from Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. Many books have been written about the Federal Reserve, but none tackle the conspiracy behind it and its results better than this one. In case you don’t know the story, in 1910, on a tiny and secluded island off the coast of Georgia, a group of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world held a meeting that would change the course of history. They arrived there after a secretive train trip from New York, where they left under the cover of darkness. There they hatched a plan — in meetings so secretive that the servants attending them never learned their names — that would eventually become the Federal Reserve, the most blatant scam in the history of the world. After you read this book you’ll truly grasp what money is — and what it isn’t — and you’ll know once and for all the true cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression and prosperity. You’ll see how wealth has been stolen from the middle class and you’ll understand why the Federal Reserve is neither Federal (it is not a government entity) not does it hold reserves. The fifth edition of this book just came out, and it covers the current economic crisis.
|Patriots: Men Who Started the American Revolution, by A.J. Languth. If you truly want to learn about the men behind the American Revolution, this is the book for you. It gives you details about the lives and times of America’s patriots: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and others. It describes how the movement toward American independence and war with Great Britain grew from discussions at a back table at a pub to direct confrontation to victory. This is the history you were not taught in school, but that you need to know if you truly want to understand what motivated the Founding Fathers.|
|End The Fed, by Ron Paul. During a Republican primary campaign rally at the University of Michigan in October, 2007, 12-term Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) was greeted by supporters who began shouting “End the Fed, end the Fed,” as he began talking about monetary policy. The cry resonated, and soon the whole crowd had taken up the cheer. Some were holding burning dollar bills as if sending a message to the central bank. Almost a year later, at Paul’s counter-convention in Minneapolis, 12,000 people started the chant before Paul even mentioned the Federal Reserve. With that, the title for Paul’s latest book, End the Fed, was written. No one understands the Federal Reserve like Paul, and he has been a lone voice in the Congressional wilderness speaking about the damage it has done to our nation’s economy. This book will give you a thorough understanding of the effects of Federal Reserve policies.|
|The Vitamin D Cure, by James E. Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford. The average American is Vitamin D-deficient, and that deficiency is behind many of the diseases and ailments suffered by people of all ages. If a person is suffering from the symptoms of fatigue, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle pain, cramping and/or weakness, uncontrolled weight gain, high blood pressure, restless sleep, poor concentration and memory, headaches, bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or both) or bladder problems (urgency, frequency or both), a lack of Vitamin D may be the culprit. If you or a loved one are suffering from any of these conditions or maladies, you must read this book and learn whether a simple solution — Vitamin D — can provide the needed relief. And vitamin D is a much better cold and flu preventative than a combination of all the vaccines Big Pharma has concocted over the years.|
|A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II, by Murray N. Rothbard. If more economists read Murray Rothbard’s books, our nation’s economy would be very different. Rothbard delved deep with this economic history to detail the effects of currency manipulation and make the case for hard money. No one alive or dead has ever done as good a job of explaining economic theory, Austrian economics or making the case for sound money as Rothbard.|
|The Frontiersman, by Allan W. Eckert. Almost all American children grow up hearing of Daniel Boone, but few have ever heard of one of Boone’s friends, Simon Kenton. This book, which focuses primarily on the life of Kenton and the Shawnee Tecumseh, provides fascinating insight into life on the frontier in colonial and early America — for both whites and Indians. Kenton left home at age 16 after a fight with another man over the affections of a girl. Thinking he had killed his rival, Kenton took the name Butler and made a life on the frontier. While there he saved the lives of many settlers who ventured unprepared into the wilderness. He was considered a hero to white settlers and, to the Indians who battled with him, his exploits reached mythical proportions. This book covers in detail the brutality of both the whites and the Indians, but most of all it reveals the can-do self-sufficiency that made America great. It contains many fascinating anecdotes. Among the most memorable is an episode where Kenton used Boone’s injured body as a weapon against an attacking Shawnee, and an encounter Kenton had with future President Andrew Jackson — which didn’t end well for Jackson. And Eckert reveals in a footnote a fact that few people know: Jackson, in all probability, was not a natural-born American and therefore was probably ineligible to hold the office of President, but his early history was fabricated to overcome this shortcoming. I will go even further and recommend all of Eckert’s books; his histories like The Conquerors, Wilderness Empire, The Wilderness War and A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh, or his wildlife books like Wild Season, The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon or The Great Auk. Eckert is one of my all-time favorite authors.|
|The Real Lincoln, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Although he is called the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln embarked on a war that led to 620,000 deaths and the destruction of 40 percent of the American economy, not to free those held in slavery, but to centralize power in Washington, create “the American System” of Henry Clay and build an empire. Lincoln was a proponent of Henry Clay’s American System (taxpayer subsidies for railroads and corporations and infrastructure improvements) for 28 years prior to becoming President. As a Whig Party and later Republican Party activist, he pushed that agenda. He thought of himself as the heir to the Hamiltonian political tradition, which sought a much more centralized governmental system, one that would plan economic development with corporate subsidies financed by protectionist tariffs and the printing of money by the central government. As president he achieved or set in motion the achievement of those goals and many more. As a result, DiLorenzo writes, historian Richard Bensel has observed that any study of the American state should begin no earlier than 1865. That’s because Lincoln’s policies virtually wiped out the previous 70 years of America’s highly decentralized, limited-government existence. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand American history since the mid-19th Century.|
|The Civil War, by Bruce Catton. Though written years apart, this comprehensive description of the events leading up to the U.S. Civil War and the battles and people involved in the war is a great companion piece to The Real Lincoln, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.|
|The Constitution in Exile, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. Almost since its adoption in July 1789, the U.S. Constitution — the oldest continuously effective written constitution in the world — has been under assault by Presidents, Congress and errant decisions handed down by Supreme Court justices. The judge takes the reader on a legal course through American history, outlining the first assault that began with the Judiciary Act of 1789, passed by the Federalist-controlled Congress, and the effects the 1800 presidential election had on the makeup of the Federal judiciary. After Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams for the presidency, the Federalist-controlled Congress created 42 additional judgeships and then Adams appointed Federalist John Marshall as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Jefferson voided the appointment of the “Midnight Judges” and one of them, William Marbury, sued directly to the Supreme Court. Two years later, after much legal wrangling over Marbury’s suit, the Supreme Court ruled that portions of the Judiciary Act of 1789 were unconstitutional and Marbury had sued in the wrong court. That result made it appear as if Marshall was in favor of limiting Congress’ powers to those enumerated. But future decisions by Marshall and his court showed his desire was to centralize power, and Napolitano covers the individual cases and what they meant. Napolitano also covers the Federalism of Lincoln and how his unconstitutional actions before and during the Civil War further centralized power, and how Lincoln’s actions affected the Constitution.|
|Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, by Thomas E. Woods. Mention nullification as a way to resist Federal tyranny and prepare to be branded a racist who wants to bring back slavery. But nullification — the idea that if Congress passes an unconstitutional law the states don’t have to acknowledge or obey it — enjoys a rich history in the United States. It began long before slavery was a major political issue and is being used even today. A commonly used argument against nullification is the idea that the Civil War “settled” the issue. Woods argues that the Civil War had nothing to do with nullification, even though the Southern States seceded based on the (correct) compact theory of the union. That theory maintains that each individual State — not a single group of united people — joined together to form the Union. Each individual State, acting in its sovereign capacity, ratified the Constitution in the months and years following its drafting in 1787. “The very fact that the states voted separately to ratify the Constitution, and that the Constitution was not ratified by a single, consolidated vote of all individuals in the original thirteen states, is an important piece of evidence to compact theorists that the states, rather than some single American people, created the federal Union,” Woods writes. This is not the American history that most schoolchildren learn — nor the one that most law students study. What they are taught can be called the nationalist theory, which conceives of the United States as deriving from a single sovereign people rather than from an agreement among States and the residents of each State. Woods covers the discussions that took place and essays that were written during the States’ ratifying conventions — particularly those in Virginia — that prove they understood the States maintained the right to shield their people from encroachments by the Federal government.|
Some more books for your gift list:
Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform, by Leslie Carbone.
Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, by Peter Dale Scott
The True Story of The Bilderberg Group, by Daniel Estulin.
Beating Cancer with Nutrition, by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., R.D., CNS.
Obama’s Wars, by Bob Woodward.
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal, by Joel Salatin.
When All Hell Breaks Loose (Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes), by Cody Lundin.
Hamilton’s Curse, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.
The Medical Mafia: How to Get Out of It Alive and Take Back Our Health & Wealth, by Guylaine Lanctot.