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Culture

This brave and bitingly funny book is an indispensable guide to overcoming today’s ugly trends in parenting and education—and the overwhelming banality of contemporary culture. As the American Spectator puts it, “Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism.”
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

by Anthony Esolen
Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack. Robert P. George, one of America’s most influential thinkers, explodes the myth that the secular elite represents the voice of reason. Commentary calls Conscience and Its Enemies “brilliant,” and the Washington Times says you won’t find “better, or more consequential, commentary on the modern crisis.”
Conscience and Its Enemies

Conscience and Its Enemies

by Robert P. George
You’ve probably heard the stories before—maybe from Bill Nye the “Science Guy,” or celebrity astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, or the late Carl Sagan. And what do the stories say? That science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries. That religion is anti-science. There’s just one problem: these stories are pure myth. Unbelievable debunks seven of the most popular and pernicious myths about science and religion.
Unbelievable

Unbelievable

by Michael Newton Keas

Conservative Classics

In this classic work, the great conservative thinker Russell Kirk explores the political, economic, and moral principles on which America is built. It might be called “A Tale of Five Cities”: Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia. Kirk shows clearly how the Founders who gathered in Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787 drew on 2,500 years of Western tradition to shape the American order.
The Roots of American Order

The Roots of American Order

by Russell Kirk
With busy schedules, the constant distraction of social media, and job and school opportunities that take us far away from home, it’s harder than ever to lay down roots in our communities. But take a look at what you’re losing—what we’re all losing. This seminal book by Robert Nisbet also shows a key overlooked aspect of community: if you care about limiting government power, you can’t champion individualism alone.
The Quest for Community

The Quest for Community

by Robert Nisbet
Today there’s so much confusion and conflict that it can be hard to say what conservatism means anymore. If you’re seeking answers, this classic book is for you. It features brilliant essays by some of conservatism’s greatest thinkers, including F. A. Hayek, William F. Buckley Jr., and Russell Kirk.
What Is Conservatism?

What Is Conservatism?

by Frank S. Meyer, F. A. Hayek, William F. Buckley Jr., Russell Kirk, and others

The Student Guides: “Pocket Mentors” and “Mini–Great Books in Themselves”

This little book (just 56 pages) is packed with wisdom desperately needed in our contentious political climate. Harvard’s Harvey Mansfield, one of America’s leading political theorists, gives you a readable guide to history’s most influential political thinkers, from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Augustine to Hobbes, Locke, Burke, and Tocqueville.
A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy

A Student’s Guide to Political Philosophy

by Harvey C. Mansfield
Get an indispensable education in under 100 pages. In this reader-friendly introduction, Wilfred M. McClay, author of the acclaimed new American history textbook Land of Hope, invites you to experience the perennial freshness and vitality of this great subject as he explores some of the enduring commitments and persistent tensions that have made America what it is.
A Student’s Guide to U.S. History

A Student’s Guide to U.S. History

by Wilfred M. McClay
What is an authentic liberal arts education? And how can you get one? Legendary Georgetown professor James V. Schall answers these questions in this quick, entertaining, and remarkably insightful guide. In only 52 pages, Fr. Schall points you to what he rightly calls “intellectual riches that are almost never found in universities or in the popular culture.”
A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning

A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning

by James V. Schall

The West and the Rest

Ugly myths about Western civilization have gained currency in popular culture and the academy. This book is the antidote. The esteemed Baylor University scholar Rodney Stark debunks the politically correct myths about the West. In this page-turning history he takes you on a thrilling journey from ancient Greece to the present.
How the West Won

How the West Won

by Rodney Stark
This eye-opening book uncovers the root of the contemporary crisis in the Islamic world: a pivotal struggle waged nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over the role of reason, the side of irrationality won. And we’re still dealing with the consequences. Both National Review and Sir Roger Scruton call this book “brilliant.” You’ll see why.
Closing of the Muslim Mind

The Closing of the Muslim Mind

by Robert R. Reilly
Both the Financial Times and World Magazine named this groundbreaking work one of the best books of the year, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise demolishes the myth of a tolerant, multicultural Islamic “Golden Age” in medieval Spain. Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera shines light on hidden history by drawing on primary sources and archaeological evidence that scholars have ignored.
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

by Darío Fernández-Morera

Economics

Want to understand how economics really works? You can’t do much better than this masterpiece by the great economist Wilhelm Röpke. As the Wall Street Journal notes, reading this book is like being in “a seminar on integral freedom conducted by a professor of uncommon brilliance.” In a new introduction, the Acton Institute’s Samuel Gregg writes that A Humane Economy challenges “those who question the market economy’s moral and economic benefits.” A timely message.
A Humane Economy

A Humane Economy

by Wilhelm Röpke
These days, politicians and pundits throw out an unbelievable amount of economic misinformation. So dig in here to understand economic basics. In just 60 pages you’ll learn the history of economic thought. You’ll also learn why the market economy is responsible for America’s unprecedented prosperity. That’s no small matter at a time when polls shows that young Americans actually prefer socialism to capitalism.
A Student's Guide to Economics

A Student’s Guide to Economics

by Paul Heyne
No matter what you think about the federal government, this book will open your eyes. If you’re passionate about limited government, it shows you why you’ve probably been relying on the wrong arguments to make your case. And if you’re not concerned about big government, this work offers reasons to rethink your position.
False Promise of Big Government

The False Promise of Big Government

by Patrick M. Garry

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