Recommended Books

The following are patriotic books from LDS Authors. Click on a book for a description, reviews, and purchase info…

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22 Responses to “Recommended Books”

  • Avatar for Blog lisa (lost pezhead) Says:

    I just added a list to the side of my blog of things to read….

    here is a list President Ezra Taft Benson suggested in his talk: “A Race Against Time” 18; also in TL 82)

    The Constitution of the United States, by Mussatti

    The Cliches of Socialism, by Weaver

    The Mainspring of Human Progress, by Weaver

    Economics in One Lesson, by Hazlitt

    The Admiral’s Log, by Admiral Ben Moreell

    I also just read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and it was a very good read!

  • Avatar for Blog Bryan Says:

    Everything by Christopher S. Bentley.

    No, I am not Chris, and I do not benefit from folks buying his books, unless they join in the fight for freedom, then we all benefit. ;-D

  • Avatar for Blog Ken Says:

    I’m reading Cliches on Socialism and I find it very helpful. We’ll need to know how to combat the emotional appeals of Socialism (aka cliches) which lack logic. Basically, Socialism is a form of legal robbery, and there is no logic to that. Ken

  • Avatar for Blog Casey Says:

    “The Moral Basis for a Free Society” by H. Verlan Andersen compiled by Hans V. Andersen is very good and opened my eyes.

  • Avatar for Blog Brandon Says:

    An enemy hath done this by Ezra Taft Benson
    The Book of Mormon and the Constitution by H. Verlan Anderson

    There are many more I could list, but these should both by required reading for any Latter Day Saint

  • Avatar for Blog Steven Montgomery Says:

    Anybody know if there’s an online link to Admiral Ben Moreell’s book, “The Admiral’s Log,” mentioned by Lisa (lost pezhead) above? After a quick google search I couldn’t find any.

  • Avatar for Blog Sharon Says:

    I’m taking the home study course on “The Making of America” by W. Cleon Skousen. It is EXCELLENT and not nearly as expensive as a normal college course. You can find the materials on line at the National Center for Constitutional Studies. They have lots of great materials you can purchase for reasonable prices.

  • Avatar for Blog echo Says:

    I was just told about this website and I think it looks wonderful. I have read several of the above mentioned books and they are a must read. I would also like to recommend a book called: Awakening To Our Awful Situation Warnings From the Nephite Prophets , by Jack Monnett, PhD…This is an eye opening book just like Hiding in Plain Sight- except Brother Monnett uses the Book Of Mormon to show what is happening and why. If you want it and can’t find it, please feel free to e-mail me and I can try to help you get it.

  • Avatar for Blog Brian M. Says:

    Regarding the recommendation of “Awakening To Our Awful Situation – Warnings From the Nephite Prophets” , by Jack Monnett, PhD. It is harder to find the printed book these days, but I have the AUDIO BOOK available here:

  • Avatar for Blog Amy Kenney Says:

    “The Naked Capitalist” (A review and commentary on Dr. Carroll Quigley’s book “Tragedy and Hope”) by Cleon Skousen

    “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen

    “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen

    “God, Family, Country: Our Three Greatest Loyalties” by Ezra Taft Benson

    “This Nation Shall Endure” by Ezra Taft Benson

    “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith

    “The Two Treatises of Government” by John Locke

    “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

    “The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude” by Etienne de la Boetie

    “The Great Prologue” by Mark E. Petersen

    “The Government of God” by John Taylor

    “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx

    “Revealed Educational Principles and the Public Schools” by Jack Monnett

  • Avatar for Blog Vicki Says:

    For all who are interested in Latterday Preparedness…..
    You may like to join
    and you will find lots more than books….
    A good start, is Roger K Young’s books : As a Theif in The Night
    Dreams and Visions of the Last Days
    and more….
    Happy to help you prepare for our Savior’s Second Coming….
    Cheers, Vicki [Western Australia]

  • Avatar for Blog Pleasantgirl Says:

    Amy, I think I want to be your friend! I thought I was the only one weird enough to have read/want to read all these books!
    Anything by Jerald Newquist is great too.
    May I also suggest going to and going to “prepare a talk” and put in “government” under “search”. There is some great stuff there.

  • Avatar for Blog JoeSwiss Says:

    David Frum, wiki, had an interesting method of finding the core books to read on a subject:

    “When I was in law school, I devised my own idiosyncratic solution to the problem of studying a topic I knew nothing about. I’d wander into the library stacks, head to the relevant section, and pluck a book at random. I’d flip to the footnotes, and write down the books that seemed to occur most often. Then I’d pull them off the shelves, read their footnotes, and look at those books. It usually took only 2 or 3 rounds of this exercise before I had a pretty fair idea of who were the leading authorities in the field. After reading 3 or 4 of those books, I usually had at least enough orientation in the subject to understand what the main questions at issue were — and to seek my own answers, always provisional, always subject to new understanding, always requiring new reading and new thinking”

    I think this is something Nibley did too, if I remember right.

    Point is, if you apply this method to consitutional studies, you will always come up with these books:

    Gordon Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1969
    Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, 1967

    Wood’s book is the gift that keeps on giving, well worth reading and re-reading! It took me about 10 months to get through it. (I don’t read non-fiction that fast. I don’t know how TRoosevelt managed to read a couple of books every day. Same with Churchill. Or TJefferson)

    Bailyn’s book — always mentioned in the footnotes; it’s much shorter, 380 pages, but I thought it had a few boring chapters. Still, one of those touchstone works on Constitutional development.

  • Avatar for Blog Mike Hanson Says:

    I just stumbled upon this site today in searching for a copy of “The Proper Role of Government.” Great info here. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish there is a very informative book by an Argentine author by the name of Walter Graziano entitled, “Did Hitler Win the War?” (in Portuguese: “Hitler Ganhou a Guerra?”) Recent and well researched, Graziano talks of the forces behind the push for one-world government. If any are interested, send me an e-mail and I will return it with this book as a pdf attachement.

    Regards to all
    Mike Hanson – Porto Velho, Brazil

  • Avatar for Blog Janna Says:

    “The Discovery of Freedom: Man’s Struggle Against Authority,” by Rose Wilder Lane or Henry Grady Weaver’s adaptation of Lane’s book, entitled, “The Mainspring of Human Progress.” These books celebrate the idea of human freedom.

  • Avatar for Blog michael williams Says:

    the book “wisdom for our time ” by Daniel w. Gudeman
    10 chapters. 1 is wisdom modern? 2 development vs. self destruction.3 towards an open mind,4 knowledge vs.ignorance,5 truth vs. falsehood, ,6 leadership vs.anarchy, 7 individualism vs. equality, 8 love vs. narcissism, 9 excellence vs. mediocrity,10 morale vs. apathy. I have read all the others and this is also excellent.

  • Avatar for Blog colleen Says:

    The Coming Aristocracy by Oliver DeMille
    and his audio

  • Avatar for Blog Wade Says:

    NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY by Gary Allen, 1971 Originally published by Concord Press. In a talk given by President Ezra Taft Benson he recommended members read this book. I purchased and read it… it is must read. Great book!!!!

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  • Avatar for Blog Brannon Says:

    The full Bastiat Collection is freely available online now in PDF form. It should be on the list. After all, it was Benson’s source.

    I also found the FairTax books by Boortz to have quite a bit of righteous and freedom-promoting content notwithstanding their slant.

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  • Avatar for Blog Jan Penny Says:

    I did the footnotes thing with all of President Benson’s books. I found that “American Opinion Magazine” was often referenced, so I called the library and discovered that the name had been changed to “The New American” and is a John Birch Society Publication, which led to investigating the John Birch Society, and joining.

    I suggest adding “The New American Magazine” to your reading list.

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