A word about this page: This list is by no means complete and will be ever expanding. Additionally, I’ve tried to compile mostly primary historical materials. In other words, this list for the most part will consist of readings that come directly from the sources of history as opposed to books written by historians who are conveying their own impressions of that history. There is certainly nothing at all wrong with such books and far be it from me to ever discourage the reading of any kind of history. However, my mission here will be to compile a list of the voices themselves as opposed to the opinion of those voices enumerated by others who have heard them.

Some of the books are compilations of original writings that I have found. Further, many of the histories – especially of Rome – that I have included are in fact written by historians with extremely biased opinions; the difference being that they were generally written in antiquity – without the biases you might find today. Also note that many of the histories and compilations are titled based on the book company or publisher I’ve purchased from. For instance, Plutarch never wrote a book called “The Fall of the Roman Republic.” A compilation of some of his work was put into a book and given that title by the publishing company or the editor. And please remember – my education is as ongoing as anyone elses. I claim to be no expert. Rather, I am simply your average American trying to rediscover the classical roots of this Great Republic.

The Federalist – James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay

The Anti-Federalist and Constitutional Debates – Multiple Authors

Democracy in America - Alexis De Tocqueville

1984 – George Orwell

Cato’s Letters - John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon

A Summary View of the Rights of British America - Thomas Jefferson

Pamphlets of the American Revolution - Bernard Bailyn

Cato, A Tragedy - Joseph Addison

Second Treatise of Government - John Locke

A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers - Jonathan Mayhew

A Practical Code of Behavior – Marcus Tullius Cicero

A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress - Alexander Hamilton

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

The Early History of Rome - Livy (Titus Livius)

The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius

The Fall of the Roman Republic - Plutarch

The Conquest of Gaul - Julius Caesar

Complete Works - Tacitus

The Civil War - Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Thoughts on Government – John Adams

Speech addressing the Constitutional Convention; Monday, September 17, 1787 – Benjamin Franklin

The Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln

Discourses Concerning Government - Algernon Sidney

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William Shirer

Austrian Requiem - Kurt von Schuschnigg

The Road to Serfdom - F.A. Hayek

The History of Freedom in Antiquity - Lord Acton

Capitalism and Freedom – Milton Friedman

Reflections on the Revolution in France - Edmund Burke

If This is a Man - Primo Levi

On Liberty – John Stuart Mill