I just recently read Atlas Shrugged(I'm a late bloomer) and would put it in the "Must Read" category.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Brotherhood of War" series from W. E. B. Griffin.
Anything and Everything by Robert Anson Heinlein, my favorite being "Friday"
I am about 3/4 of the way through "Point of Impact" by Stephen Hunter and have to say that I will be reading all of his books in the near future.
I was surprised at how good a read "Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25" by Richard Paul Evans was. It is juvenile fiction(as are more than a few of R.A.H.'s best stories) but very well written and a great story.
I also liked the "Rogue Warrior" books from Richard(Dick) Marcinko.
Alan Dean Foster
Phillip K. Dick
I could go on but...
Is that (The Twelve) by Justin Cronin?
Originally Posted by PEF
Oath of Fealty
I would suggest anything from Vince Flynn, if you like good thrillers. The Last Man | Mitch Rapp | Bestselling Political Thrillers
Books worth reading?
Brad Thor, Vince Flynn - Action novels
Michael Connelly - Detective novels
Dean Koontz books
About to start Atlas Shrugged, it's been sitting by my chair for months. Every time I pick it up I intimidated by its size.
Thanks everyone. I've got a list of books to get now. Should keep me busy for a while.
Just Do It!
Originally Posted by f8guy
Yup. But if you lean that way, read "The Passage" first, which is the first in the series.
Originally Posted by tkruf
Originally Posted by boricua
Simply put, an awesome read.
I would, especially Machiavelli.
Originally Posted by CaveJohnson
All changed thought processes, and it can easily be said that if Jefferson is the father of Libertarianism, Rand is the mother. Even USA Today put it right behind the Bible as one of the most influential books of all time.
I personally like Machiavelli, but for reasons that many would deem, well, selfish and perhaps too inspirational when it comes to dealing in corporate America. I also would put Sun Tzu in there as well.
Atlas Shrugged is a life changing book. At least it was for me. I have offered a $100 bill to many of my more liberal friends and colleagues that if they read the book, and it doesn't change their views on the roll of govt. I've purchased 5 books for these bets, and have paid out $0 to date.
My $.02 worth, but if I were allowed only one book for the rest of my life, it would be this.
It shouldn't come as too much of a shocker that a gun forum is going to recommend Rand and not Chomsky. There are exceptions, but most of the people you come across on these forums aren't going to like much of anything Chomsky has to say. (In fact I'll admit to being shocked when I saw the first mention of his name.) Objectivism is what it is. As a conservative I can appreciate some aspects of Rand's philosophy. As a Christian I detest other parts of her teachings. But Atlas Shrugged is a great novel outside of the philosophy (as is Fountainhead). Certainly is is a better read than Understanding Power from a pure enjoyment factor. The value of the message is up to the reader to determine.
The books I recommend have been mentioned. I'll second the Vince Flynn nomination and add Joel Rosenberg. Both write exciting novels that you can picture happening in our world.
Lessons From a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service - Henry A. Crumpton - I recently read this and it was fascinating.
Proclaiming Liberty: What patriots and heros really said about the right to keep and bear arms - Philip Mulivor
The Old Man and the Boy; Something of Value. Both by Robert Ruark.
They are both on my list. Thanks
Originally Posted by PEF
Noam Chomsky's got some great questions, in his writings. Again, I view things as not whether I agree with the principles or conclusions. But it's the power of the questions that get me. I've used Chomsky's (Rand's and others') writings as springboards for further research and reading sufficiently to respect the questions raised and lines of reasoning brought to the table.
Originally Posted by Echo_Four