The Stack

Right now I’m trying to find my way out from under a large stack of books, I thought y’all might find my current reading list interesting.


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The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin

Written to explain if not the origins, at least the major differences in the formation of the Conservative and Liberal parties. Burke representing the principles of Conservatism and Paine the Liberal. So far Mr. Levin has done and excellent job expounding the philosophical and political differences of the two men, who though held differing opinions had the best interest of the public at heart.


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Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating by Joel Salatin

In Mr. Salatin’s latest book he explains the ideas behind internships, and practical information for both young people looking to intern and farmers wanting to start a intern program. Encouraging inter-generational relationships in farming, Mr. Salatin gives direction for bringing up the next generation of farmers to continue the legacy of the previous generation.

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The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer

It may seem an odd addition to this list, but it provides an interesting diversion with an entertaining history of the American Con-Man, or “Grifter,” of the 1940’s. It gives detailed descriptions of the major cons, and even a few minor ones. If you are interested in criminology and human persuasion this is a must read.

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The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea by Paul Ryan

Though I haven’t read much of it yet, this is probably the book I want to read most, Congressman Ryan being the representative of my district. In this book he examines what happened in the 2012 Presidential elections, and what we can do to move forward in the coming years to keep the American Idea alive.


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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

This book is entertaining as well as informative, Mr. Isaacson does an excellent job telling the story of one of America’s most inventive and influential Founding Fathers. The narrative is written brilliantly enough to make the reader forget they are reading a biography. Meet Benjamin Franklin, the proponent of the “middling” class, philosopher, inventor, and politician, he was one of the first Americans to be truly a Renaissance Man.


So as you can see I’ve got a lot of books I’m reading, those are just the ones I thought interesting enough to mention. Hopefully some of these will give me ideas for an article or two, which shouldn’t be too hard.

What books are you all reading? Are there any you suggest I would be interested in?


3 thoughts on “The Stack

  1. Currently reading only two: American sniper and Grant in war and peace by H.W. Brands. I have Isaacson’s book on my shelf among others in my personal library.

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