Skip to comments.VANITY... Books That Have Influenced You
Posted on 02/26/2006 8:17:27 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
What books have influenced your political, religious, or historical reasoning?
Heinlein's early novels.
The Holy Bible
Kennedy, the man and the Myth.
Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
Free To Choose - Milton Friedman
The Road to Serfdom - Friederich Hayek
Homage to Catalonia
Declaration of Independence
Animal Farm, 1984, Anthem
Danielson Famile rocks, by the way
All of Madeleine L'Engle's writings, especially the Crosswicks Trilogy and "A ing of Endless Light".
Sorry - "A Ring of Endless Light"!
Lots of them.
Conscience of a Conservative
Closing of the American Mind and The Western Canon by Bloom
Invisible Man by Ellison
And Still We Rise by Miles Corwin
William Manchester's book-forgot the title-of his four years in the Marines during WW2.
Richard Halliburton's travel books back when I was in Seventh Grade
Divided Soul by David Ritz(Marvin Gaye Bio)
Add that Lewis classic to my list!
Syme's "The Roman Revolution"
Many of the ones already mentioned, but I'll add 'Confessions of St. Augustine.'
"From the Earth to the Moon" - Jules Verne. As a sixth grader, this helped to jump start my interest in science and the promise of human achievement.
That would have to be Witness.
That would be "Goodbye Darkness".
A great book, indeed.
The Holy Bible and Atlas Shrugged
Not in that order.
World of Time series by Robert Jordan (currently 11 books)
The Metamorphosis (in English and German)...
Uncle Tom's Cabin.....
Faust by Goethe
The Prince, Machiavelli.
The Art of War, Sun Tzu.
Whatever Happened to the Human Race, Francis Schaeffer.
Human Action in the Development of Modern Economic Thought, Ludwig Von Mises
The City of God, St. Augustine.
How Now Shall We Live
Israel: The Blessing or the Curse
Two Seconds Under the World
Thats it.Thanks for rekindling the memory of that excellent narrative.
Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged
Modernity Without Restraint by Eric Voegelin
I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard
Liberty or Equality by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity by Charles Taylor
And now to bed....
Unfit For Command - John O'Neill
The Bible, especially the writings of Paul and Ecclesiastes. There isn't any other book that has come close to the Bible's influence in my life.
Some Bible-based literature that has influenced me would be "Mankind's Search for God", "Is There a Creator Who Cares About You", and "Draw Close to Jehovah" which had a profound influence on my relationship with God and thus effected my worldview completely.
Politically, William Bennett's book "The Death of Virtue" is what finally helped me understand the problems of Bill Clinton and the Democrat party.
Plato's writings on Utopia have also had some influence in how I see things.
Michael Behe's "Darwin's Black Box" did as well.
Francis Beckwith's "Politically Correct Death" had a strong influence in my perspective on the abortion debate. Also his book "Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air" woke me up to the dangers and illogic of moral relativism.
A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
Spiritual Torrents, Jean Guyon
The Prisoner in the Third Cell, Gene Edwards
The School of Christ, T. Austin-Sparks
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
Baffled to Fight Better, Oswald Chambers
The Story of the Other Wise Man - Henry Van Dyke
Light From Many Lamps - L.E. Watson
The Complete Works of Robert Frost
The Urantia Book
Witness - Chambers
Discourses On The First Ten Books Of Titus Livy - Machiavelli
Atlas Shrugged - Rand
The Fall Of The Dynasties - Taylor
The Second World War - Churchill
The Gulag Archipelago - Solzhenitsyn
History Of Western Philosophy - Russell
Reflections On The Revolution In France - Burke
Rights Of Man - Paine
May those I've forgotten forgive me.
A little devotional book called the Splendor of Sorrow
Story of a Soul
Autobiography of St. Augustine
Imitation of Christ
Little Flowers of St. Francis
Isaac Asimov's Thinking Man's Guide to Science
The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
The Wasteland and Other Poems T.S. Elliot
The Morte Arthur
(there are others, I am sure)
bump for later
Applied Economics -Thomas Sowell
Fair Tax -Neal Boortz & Senator John Linder
Screwtape Letters -C.S. Lewis
Atlas Shrugged -Ayn Rand
Vision of the Annointed: Social Policy as
a basis for Self-Congratulation -Thomas Sowell
On Combat -Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
The Good Earth -Pearl S. Buck
1984 -George Orwell
Animal Farm -Orwell
James Brown: Godfather of Soul (autobiography)
The Holy Bible, Radical Son, The Communist Manifesto, The Federalist Papers, Unintended Consequences.
...oh yeah, and Uncle Tom's Cabin, too.
I realize TPD is fiction, but it opened my eyes to the spiritual battlefield around us. Or I should say its made me more aware of the spiritual realm. Though I don't actually know what is actually happening spiritually around me.
All else that has followed can be traced back to that one.
As a child, The Martian, Pelucidar, and Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Out of the Silent Planet - CS Lewis
Just about anything by Heinlein...
Das Kapital by Karl Marx, what little I read of it in a Marxist economics class. I kept fallign asleep, so I read what other people wrote about it, and then parrotted back what the professor said in class... I got a B+
On the Beach - Nevile Schute (sp?)
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller
Hitchhikers Guide - Douglas Adams
Animal Farm, 1984 - George Orwell
I never cared all that much for Vonnegut, but Harrison Bergeron was an eye-opener, especially the televised version with Sean Astin, which went farther that Vonnegut did in the story. Excellent teleplay, and a good story.
Harlan Ellison - Mostly for his "Dangerous Visions" collections, which introduced me to many other wonderful writers, like Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon and Piers Anthony. While I disagree with him on most political issues, I enjoyed his "Glass Teat" collections as well, and many of his short stories and novellas.
And the ever popular, "Too many to list!"
I have been working on that list (and, could it ever be finished? I hope not!) and what I ahve so far is on my Blog, here...
If you are a conservative, you should check it out.
Jim Elliot -- (diaries) Shadow of The Almighty
Francis Schaeffer -- Trilogy: The God Who Is There/Escape From Reason/He is There and He is Not Silent
VW Von Hagen -- The Roads that Led to Rome
V.S. Naipaul -- Among the Believers
Robert Creamer -- Babe
Frederick Forsyth -- Day of The Jackal
Christy Matthewson -- Pitching in a Pinch
Jack London -- White Fang
The Holy Bible
Brave New World...Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm...George Orwell
The Art of War...Sun Tza
The Federalist Papers...Alexander Hamiliton, John Jay, James Madison
Origin of Species...Charles Darwin
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