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127 – 40 Must-Read Conservative Books – Part 2

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 03/21/2023

155 – Melodic Musings with Barney Quick show art 155 – Melodic Musings with Barney Quick

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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152 – Humanist Conservatives with Jeffery Tyler Syck show art 152 – Humanist Conservatives with Jeffery Tyler Syck

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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150 – We Don't Need No Indoctrination with Luke Sheahan show art 150 – We Don't Need No Indoctrination with Luke Sheahan

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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146 – The Myth of Nationalism with Samuel Goldman show art 146 – The Myth of Nationalism with Samuel Goldman

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The conservative tradition embodies centuries of accumulated wisdom from some of the brightest and most inspiring thinkers you’ll find.  Yet for the young conservative eager to learn more about this tradition, choosing which books to read can be a daunting task.

 

Most online lists of top conservative books contain familiar titles of classic tomes that inspire and challenge readers to this day.  Yet far too often such lists also include authors such as Charlie Kirk, Ann Coulter, Sebastian Gorka, Dinesh D’Souza, Dan Bongino, and Mike Lindell who, while they may be gifted at inflicting liberal tears, have nothing of value to say on behalf of their supposed conservative convictions.  There is so much more to conservatism than owning the libs and brandishing firearms in your social media profile picture.  What’s more, many lists are inflated with works on libertarian, patriotic, religious, or cultural topics that, important though they may be, are only tangential to conservatism.

 

It is particularly challenging for us younger conservatives to cut through the noise on the Right today to explore the deeper, auspicious truths of our rich heritage.  As such, I’ve compiled a list of 40 must-read conservative books worth your time and attention for this episode.  Whether you read all, some, or only one below, you will be getting a healthy dose of conservative thought that cuts through the banality of most political discourse and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a conservative.

 

It would be an impossibility to rank these books in order of importance, relevance, insightfulness, readability, etc.  As such, I have opted to list the titles alphabetically.  There is no perfect place to start; just find a book that strikes your interest and dive in!

 

In this episode I cover the second twenty books in the list.  If you want to hear the first twenty check out episode 126.  Here are the books I cover in this episode:

 

Heaven Can Indeed Fall: The Life of Willmoore Kendall Christopher Owen

 

How to be a ConservativeRoger Scruton

 

I, PencilLeonard Read

 

Ideas Have ConsequencesRichard Weaver

 

In Defense of Freedom and Related EssaysFrank Meyer

 

Intellectuals and SocietyThomas Sowell

 

Natural Right and HistoryLeo Strauss

 

Neo-conservatism: The Autobiography of an IdeaIrving Kristol

 

The Quest for Community – Robert Nisbet

 

Rationalism in PoliticsMichael Oakeshott

 

The Rebirth of Classical Political RationalismLeo Strauss

 

Reflections on the Revolution in FranceEdmund Burke

 

The RightMatthew Continetti

 

The Road to Serfdom – F. A. Hayek

 

Suicide of the WestJonah Goldberg

 

The Vision of the AnointedThomas Sowell

 

The Theft of a DecadeJoseph Sternberg

 

ThemBen Sasse

 

What Is Conservatism?Frank Meyer

 

WitnessWhittaker Chambers