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Title  Author Comments
The Way the World Works Jude Wanniski Written in the style of ‘Wealth of Nations’, Wanniski explains economics in terms of the Laffer Curve. Lots of examples and illustrations. Very thought provoking.
Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself Shiela Bair Clearly shows ‘cronyism’ during the financial crisis.  Offers several improvements including continued ‘unbiased’ regulations and elimination of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac.
White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You Simon Johnson Downplays debt crisis, champions increased taxes.
Good explanation of problem, no new solution.
The Spirit of Enterprise George F. Gilder Inspiring, pro ‘supply side’ supplements ‘Wealth and Poverty’ with more examples.
The Last Founding Father Harlow Giles Unger Informative and interesting.  A look at a lessor known founding father and his important role in our nation.
The Battle of Bretton Woods Benn Steil Background on establishing the world economic system.
The Alchemists Neil Irwin  Traces the history of central banking (government sponsored banking).  Is generally favorable to the central banking system and seems enamored with Bernanke.  Doesn’t address problems.
The Great Deformation David Stockman  Hard reading, but excellent portrayal of ‘cronyism’ problem in Treasury and Federal Reserve.  Many examples.  Offers some good ideas for solution at very end.  Champions ‘direct pay’ safety net and consumption (Fair Tax) tax.
Who Stole the American Dream? Hedrick Smith  Correctly identifies ‘concentration of wealth’ as a problem then offers ‘redistribution’ as the solution.  Nothing new!
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand Glorifies ‘pure’ capitalism. not as good as ‘Atlas Shrugged’.
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen One of the classics
The Corruption Chronicles Tom Fitton
Bailout Neil Barofsky  Neil Barofsky was appointed as the Special Inspector General to oversee TARP.  He thought he would be investigating and prosecuting fraud in the system.  Instead he was encouraged to ‘audit’ the administration of the program.  In this book he highlights the ineffectiveness of the program, the lack of oversight and the obstacles confronting his office.  Cronyism was rampant!
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Arthur Conan Doyle A short Sherlock Holmes Story (free)
A Capitalism for the People Luigi Zingales An Italian’s view of capitalism and current issues
Listening is an Act of Love Dave Isay  Free
The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure John Allison
The Price of Politics Bob Woodward Expose of the ineptitude of the Obama Administration from the inside.
Wealth and Poverty George F. Gilder Lays out the argument for ‘Supply Side’ economics.  Holds that entrepreneurial innovation and invention is the driver of wealth.  Very convincing.
The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith A philosophers view that established ‘modern economics’.  Shows the basis for economic thinking. 
13 Things That Don’t Make Sense Michael Brooks
The Quest Daniel Yergin Describes the rise of ‘Big Oil’, the people and events
America, You Sexy Bitch Meghan McCain, Michael Ian Black A very disappointing look at American culture.  Not worth reading!
The Real Romney Michael Kranish, Scott Heman Interesting and informative look at the man and his beliefs.
Keynes Hayek Nicholas Wapshott A fascinating look at the development of the conflict between two opposing economic theorists.  I came away with respect for Keynes and his ability to ‘change with the conditions’.  I don’t believe he would approve of the modern application of his theory!
The Wordof Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV  Thomas Nelson, Inc. I finally got through the entire bible!
Human Action Ludwig von Mises A very hard read.  I’m still not sure where von Mises is coming from.
Plum Island Nelson DeMille A good mystery
The Litigators John Grisham
Never Call Retreat Newt Gringrich and William R. Forstchen Disappointed in historical accuracy.  Not worth reading.
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson Great bio of Steve Jobs and the evolution of Apple
The Partner John Grisham
That Used to Be Us Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
Bought and Paid For Charles Gasparino  Shows how Big Finance helped finance Obama’s campaign and reaped the benefits of ‘crony capitalism’ via the bailout and FED policy of low interest rates.
Free to Choose Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman
Rollback Thomas E. Woods
Liberty Defined Ron Paul Gives insight into the Libertarian mind
1861:  The Civil War Awakens Adam Goodheart Describes situations and conditins just prior to the civil war.  Should be followed by Foote’s History of the Civil War
Worlds at War Anthony Pagden
A Simple Government Mike Huckabee Huckabee’s take on Government and what is important.
Revolt Dick Morris, Eileen McGann Too biased for my taste.  Anti Obama but written by a political hack.
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand The classic celebration of ‘capitalism’ and anti government.  Unfortunately many of her illustrations of ‘cronyism’ are coming true.  I recommend this book!
Holiday Classics by O. Henry O. Henry A free download.  Enjoyable, but I wouldn’t purchase.
Fall of Giants Ken Follett
Trickle Up Poverty Michael Savage Attempts to promote Capitalism, but comes across as a political hack.  Not recommended
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson The final episode of a 3 part story.  Compelling!  I’ve read multiple times.
The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson The second episode of a 3 part story.  Compelling!  I’ve read multiple times.
The Overton Window Glenn Beck Fictional account of lobbying gone bad.  Entertaining.  I’d recommend.
Seven Events That Made America America Larry Schweikart
The Island at the Center of the World Russell Shorto Fascinating early history of New York’s founding and growth.  Gives some insight on why New York is ‘different’.  I recommend.
Crash Proof 2.0 Peter D. Schiff
The Conservative Mind Russell Kirk
Applied Economics Thomas Sowell
Comeback America David Walker Walker clearly identifies what is going wrong and offers some possible solutions.  I don’t agree with all of his solutions but they are though provoking.  Put off by his self centered presentation.
So Damn Much Money Robert G. Kaiser Here’s an introduction to lobbying and its corrupting influence.  I recommend.
Beauty and the Beast Andrew Lang A free download.  Enjoyable, but I wouldn’t purchase.
Pirate Latitudes Michael Crichton
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens A free download and a classic that remains relavent.
Too Big to Fail Andrew Ross Sorkin  Provides insight to the characters involved in the bailout of big finance.  Clearly shows how these institutions have the FED and government in general in their grip.  Cronyism with a capital C!
A Case of Identy Arthur Conan Doyle A free download.  Enjoyable, but I wouldn’t purchase.
A Patriot’s History of the United States Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
Night over Water Ken Follett Compelling read from one of my favorite authors.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson The first episode of a 3 part story.  Compelling!  I’ve read multiple times.
The Future of a Radical Price Chris Anderson
Internet Riches Scott Fox Crap!  Don’t buy!
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett Compelling read from one of my favorite authors.
Hornet Flight Ken Follett Compelling read from one of my favorite authors.
Whiteout Ken Follett Compelling read from one of my favorite authors.
The Snows of Kilmanjaro Ernest Hemingway
A Dangerous Fortune Ken Follett Compelling read from one of my favorite authors.
Traitor to His Class H. W. Brands Bio of F.D.R.  Love him or hate him he was a hero to most Americans during his presidency and this tells about his life.  Worth reading.
Eclipse Richard North Patterson
Undaunted Courage Stephen E. Ambrose Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery.  An amazing account that I read over and over.  Highly recommended.
Change We Can Believe In Barack Obama Obama’s agenda in his own words.
Dreams from My Father Barack Obama May explain some of Obama’s beliefs.
This American Life, Another Fightening Show about the Economy The American Life A free download.  Very frightening view of our economy.
The Civil War: A Narrative Vol. III Shelby Foote Comprehensive account of battles and generals in the Civil War.  Recommended for history buffs.
The Civil War: A Narrative Vol. II Shelby Foote Comprehensive account of battles and generals in the Civil War.  Recommended for history buffs.
The Civil War: A Narrative Vol. I Shelby Foote Comprehensive account of battles and generals in the Civil War.  Recommended for history buffs.
Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon Historical fantasy.  One of the few fantasy stories I’ve enjoyed.  
Horse Heaven Jane Smiley As a horse lover I really enjoyed this work of fiction.  Fascinating characters and perspective from the horse’s view.  I read this one over and over.  Highly recommended.
The First Man in Rome Colleen McCulbough Fascinating look at life in the Roman Empire.  Historical fiction.  Recommended
Coal A Human History Barbara Freese
In the Wake of the Plague Norman F. Cantor
Outlander Diana Gabaldon Historical fantasy.  One of the few fantasy stories I’ve enjoyed.  
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens A classic that illustrates why Charles Dickens is considered such a great writer.  Recommended
World Without End Ken Follett My second Audible Book.  Continues the story created in ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and doesn’t disappoint.  Highly recommended.
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett My first Audible Book.  An historical novel that creates rich characters in a fascinating story.  Highly recommended

Digital Books

Coachman Sue Millard Well researched novel of British coaching at the end of the era.  Highly recommended
Against the Odds Sue Millard Well researched novel of steeplechase racing in England.  Very enjoyable.  Highly recommended

 

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