Ok, this is the heavy stuff.

American Political Writing During the Founding Era: 1760-1805, 2 vols.
Charles S. Hyneman

These volumes provide a selection of seventy-six essays, pamphlets, speeches, and letters to newspapers written between 1760 and 1805 by American political and religious leaders. Many are obscure pieces that were previously available only in larger research libraries. But all illuminate the founding of the American republic and are essential reading for students and teachers of American political thought. The second volume includes an annotated bibliography of five hundred additional items for future reference.

Read online: Online Library of Liberty

Can be purchased here: Liberty Fund

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The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy -What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny

William Strauss and Neil Howe

First came the postwar High, then the Awakening of the ’60s and ’70s, and now the Unraveling.  This audacious and provocative book tells us what to expect just beyond the start of the next century.  Are you ready for the Fourth Turning?

Strauss and Howe will change the way you see the world–and your place in it.  In The Fourth Turning, they apply their generational theories to the cycles of history and locate America in the middle of an unraveling period, on the brink of a crisis.  How you prepare for this crisis–the Fourth Turning–is intimately connected to the mood and attitude of your particular generation.  Are you one of the can-do “GI generation,” who triumphed in the last crisis?  Do you belong to the mediating “Silent Majority,” who enjoyed the 1950s High?  Do you fall into the “awakened” Boomer category of the 1970s and 1980s, or are you a Gen-Xer struggling to adapt to our splintering world?  Whatever your stage of life, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America’s next rendezvous with destiny.

Can be purchased here: Amazon

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The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students

Allan Bloom

In 1987, eminent political philosopher Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, an appraisal of contemporary America that “hits with the approximate force and effect of electroshock therapy” (The New York Times) and has not only been vindicated, but has also become more urgent today. In clear, spirited prose, Bloom argues that the social and political crises of contemporary America are part of a larger intellectual crisis: the result of a dangerous narrowing of curiosity and exploration by the university elites.

Now, in this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, acclaimed author and journalist Andrew Ferguson contributes a new essay that describes why Bloom’s argument caused such a furor at publication and why our culture so deeply resists its truths today.

Can be purchased here: Amazon

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The Third Wave

Alvin Toffler

This book attempts to explain the both the nature and the process of the technological revolution that has transformed the world’s social and economic systems. To quote Newt Gingrich, “Alvin and Heidi Toffler have given us the key to viewing current disarray within the positive framework of a dynamic, exciting future… The author understands the development and distribution of information that has become the central productivity and power activity of the human race.”  We are feeling the impact of the third great wave of change in history, and we are, as a result, in the process of creating a new civilization.  It is the collision of these concentric waves, and the turbulence created by the interaction of these waves, ie the resistance of industrial-based organizations to information-based systems, that accounts for much of the seeming social, political and economic disorder. In short, this book seeks to postulate a paradigm that explains the entire scope of the Information Revolution. It succeeds in this goal as perhaps no other book written to date.

Can be purchased here: Amazon

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