Reading List #2

Compiled by Jon Roland

Also see Reading List 1 and Prime Reading.

Inclusion in this list does not constitute endorsement of everything they have to say, only that they contain some useful points.

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Investigation and Expos�

A Michael McNulty, William Gazecki, Dan Gifford, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, 1997, SomFord Entertainment, VHS tape. Documentary footage exposing the lies of the government concerning the events at Mt.Carmel in 1993.

A Cover-up in Oklahoma, VHS tape. Documentary footage indicating government complicity in the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

A Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton : The Unreported Stories, 1997, Regnery Publishing. Expos� of government complicity in the Oklahoma City bombing, in the Vince Foster death, and in drug smuggling into Arkansas. Author was an investigative reporter for the London Sunday Telegraph, and chief of their Washington bureau, when he wrote it.

HTML Version Text Version MS Word Version A David Hoffman, The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror, 1998, Feral House Pr. Expos� of the Oklahoma City bombing.

A Christopher Ruddy, The Strange Death of Vincent Foster : An Investigation, 1997, Free Press. Expos� of the death of Vincent Foster, indicating that it was murder.

A David B. Kopel, Paul H. Blackman, No More Wacos : What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It, 1997, Prometheus Books. Excellent discussion of the ways the federal government is exceeding its constitutional powers.

A R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., and "Anonymous", The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton : A Political Docu-Drama, 1997, Regnery Publishing. Presents argument and scenario for impeachment of the president.

A Coulter, Ann, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, 1998, Regnery Publishing. Presents argument for impeachment of the president.

A McDougal, Jim, Arkansas Mischief : The Birth of a National Scandal, 1998, Henry Holt & Company. This is the book the author was probably killed to prevent the publishing of.

A Angus MacKenzie, Secrets : The CIA's War at Home, 1997, Univ. California Press.

A James Sanders, The Downing of Twa Flight 800, 1997, Zebra Books. Expos� of the incident. The author and his wife were recently arrested under circumstances that suggest the government is not happy with the book.

A Michael Levine, Deep Cover, 1991, Dell Pub Co. Expos� of corruption within the DEA and CIA by a former top DEA agent.

A Michael Levine, Laura Kavanau, The Big White Lie : The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War : An Undercover Odyssey, 1994, Thunder's Mouth Pr. Expos� of complicity of U.S. government agencies in the spread of narcotics.

A Michael Levine, Laura Kavanau, Triangle of Death, 1997, Dell Pub Co. Novel that is more like a documentary of U.S. government criminality.

A Quigley, Carroll, Tragedy and Hope, 1975, Gsg & Assoc. Exposes the Anglo American Establishment.

A Quigley, Carroll, Anglo American Establishment, 1981, Gsg & Assoc. Further exposes the Anglo American Establishment.

A Quigley, Carroll, The Evolution of Civilizations, 1975, Liberty Fund. Provides a coherent exposition of how civilizations develop.

A Halbrook, Stephen P., Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876, 1998, Praeger.

A Lott, John R., More Guns, Less Crime : Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws, 1998, Univ. of Chicago Pr.

A Kleck, Gary, Point Blank : Guns and Violence in America, 1991, Aldine De Gruyter.

A Kleck, Gary; Kates, Don B., Jr., The Great American Gun Debate : Essays on Firearms & Violence, 1997, Pacific Research Inst for Public Policy.

A Kleck, Gary, Targeting Guns : Firearms and Their Control, 1997, Aldine De Gruyter.

A B Jacobs, David, The Threat : Alien Agenda, 1998, Simon & Schuster. Analysis of reports from many abductees that build a picture of what the aliens may be trying to do.

A Col. Philip Corso (ret.), with William J. Birnes, The Day After Roswell, 1997, New York, Simon & Schuster.

A Kenn Thomas & Jim Keith, The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro, 1996, Feral House, Portland, OR, $19.95 hardback.

A Michele Moore, Oklahoma City: Day One, 1996, The Harvest Trust, Eagar, AZ, $29.95 paperback.

A M. Wesley Swearingen, FBI Secrets: An Agent's Expose, 1994, South End Press, Boston, MA, $13.00 paperback.

A Tyrone Powers, Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent, 1996, Majority Pr.

A Jonathan Karl, The Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of America's New Militias, 1995, HarperCollins, New York, $5.99 paperback.

A Paul Craig Roberts, Lawrence M. Stratton, The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice, 2000, Prima Publishing, $19.96 hardcover.

A Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America – A Chronological Paper Trail, 1999, Conscience Pr., $39.95 paperback.

Political Science and Constitutional Commentary

A Antonin Scalia, Amy Gutmann (Ed.), A Matter of Interpretation, 1998, Princeton Univ Pr. Speech by Supreme Court Justice Scalia on the principles and issues of constitutional interpretation, followed by comments by several scholars, followed by Scalia's rebuttals.

A David Boaz (Ed.), The Libertarian Reader : Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman, 1997, Free Pr. Anthology of key writings.

A Mansfield, Harvey C., Jr., America's Constitutional Soul, 1993, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr. Essays on the natural law foundations of constitutionalism and what is needed to return to constitutional compliance.

A Levy, Leonard W., Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, 1988, Macmillan. Analysis of original intent and the ways lawyers and judges, and especially the Supreme Court, distort and misunderstand history in interpreting the Constitution.

A Bradford, M.E., Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution, 1993, U. Georgia Pr. Brief commentary and historical analysis.

A Daniel Sisson, The American Revolution of 1800, 1974, Alfred A. Knopf. Preface by Harvey Wheeler. The victory of the Jeffersonians over the Federalists settled constitutional interpretation for the next 20 years.

A McDonald, Forrest, E Pluribus Unum, 1979, Liberty Fund. History and commentary on the formation of the American Union.

A McDonald, Forrest, A Constitutional History of the United States, 1986. History and commentary on the formation of the American Union.

A McDonald, Forrest, Novus Ordo Seclorum : The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution, 1986, Univ Pr of Kansas. Survey of the writings and ideas on which the Constitution was founded.

A McDonald, Forrest, We the People : The Economic Origins of the Constitution, 1992, Transaction Pub. Economic factors affecting the founding of the Constitution.

A Bailyn, Bernard, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, 1992, Belknap Pr. Survey of the writings and ideas on which the Constitution was founded.

A Rosen, Gary, American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding, 1999, Univ Pr of Kansas. Examines the thought of Madison in detail.

A Banning, Lance, The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic, 1998, Cornell Univ Pr. Analyzes Madison's ideas and how they relate to constitutional interpretation.

A Banning, Lance, Jeffersonian Persuasion : Evolution of a Party Ideology, 1980, Cornell Univ Pr. Traces the development of Jeffersonian interpretative doctrine.

McNamara, Joseph S., Roche, Lissa, eds., Still the Law of the Land?, 1987, Hillsdale College Pr. Essays on changing interpretations of the Constitution.

A McLean, Edward B., Derailing the Constitution: The Undermining of American Federalism, 1995, Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Essays on the ways the Constitution is being misinterpreted.

A Arkes, Hadley, The Return of George Sutherland : Restoring a Jurisprudence of Natural Rights, 1997, Princeton Univ Pr. Biography and analysis of the opinions of perhaps the leading Supreme Court Justice to resist the New Deal usurpations.

Randy E. Barnett, Rights Retained by the People : The History and Meaning of the Ninth Amendment. Provides excellent guide to what else the Founders intended to include in the rights protected by the Constitution.

A Vol. 1, 1990, Univ Pub Assoc.
A Vol. 2, 1993, George Mason Univ Pr.

A Strauss, Leo, Natural Right and History, 1965, Univ of Chicago Pr. Historical and philosophical analysis of natural law theory.

A George, Robert P., ed., Natural Law Theory : Contemporary Essays, 1995, Clarendon Pr. Commentary on natural law theory.

A Rakove, Jack N., The Beginnings of National Politics : An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress, 1982, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr. Analysis and documentation concerning constitutional interpretation.

A Rakove, Jack N., Interpreting the Constitution : The Debate over Original Intent, 1990, Northeastern Univ Pr. Analysis and documentation concerning constitutional interpretation.

A B Rakove, Jack N., Original Meanings : Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, 1997, Vintage Books. Analysis and documentation concerning constitutional interpretation.

A Rakove, Jack N., Declaring Rights : A Brief History With Documents, 1997, Bedford Books. Analysis and documentation concerning constitutional interpretation.

A Michael Kammen, The Origins of the American Constitution : A Documentary History, 1986, Penguin USA. Key selections from constitutional plans, private correspondence of the Founders, and Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers.

A Alan Ehrenhalt , The United States of Ambition: Politicians, Power, and the Pursuit of Office, 1992, Times Books. Argues that candidates for public office are increasingly self-nominated, full-time professional politicians, who have the ambition, time, skills, and other resources to win and retain elective office, but frequently lack other qualities that are needed in our legislative and executive institutions in order for them to function effectively as formulators of coherent public policies.

A Johannes Althusius, Frederick Smith Carney, (ed. & tr.), Politica, 1995, Liberty Fund. Originally published in Latin in 1603, and revised in 1614, it first presented a comprehensive theory of federal republicanism based on a covenantal model of human society.

A John C. Calhoun, Ross M. Lence, (ed.), Union and Liberty : The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun, 1992, Liberty Fund. Includes "A Disquisition on Government" and "A Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States". Developed the doctrines of concurrent majority, interposition, nullification, and state secession, to correct what he perceived as a defect in the design of the Constitution that permits a persistent majority to dominate all three branches of government and legislate against the interests of a minority to the point where they would consider their rights violated.

A Hobbes, Thomas, Man and Citizen : De Homine and De Cive, 1991, Hackett Pub Co. Expositions of Hobbes' moral and political philosophy, better in many ways than Leviathan.

A Beccaria, Cesare, On Crimes and Punishments, 1992, Branden Pub Co. Essay on criminal law and penal reform.

A Bentham, Jeremy, The Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1988, Prometheus Books. Develops doctrine of utilitarianism and applies it to government.

A Spinoza, Benedict de (Baruch), Theologico-Political Treatise : Political Treatise, 1951, Dover Pubns. Lays political theory on basis of morality and natural law.

A Pufendorf, Samuel, On the Duty of Man and Citizen According to Natural Law, 1991, Cambridge Univ Pr.

A Vattel, Emmerich de, Law of Nations, 1975, AMS Pr.

A Lolme, Jean Louis de, The Rise and Progress of the Constitution of England, 1979, Ayer Co Pub.

A Axelrod, Robert, The Complexity of Cooperation : Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration, 1997, Princeton Univ Pr.

A Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Frederick Watkins (ed.) Political Writings, 1986, Univ of Wisconsin Pr. Contains the Social Contract, Considerations on the Government of Poland, and Constitutional Project for Corsica.

A Lehman, Godfrey D., We the Jury : The Impact of Jurors on Our Basic Freedoms : Great Jury Trials of History, 1997, Prometheus. Landmark cases in which the jury played the starring role.

A Lehman, Godfrey D., The Ordeal of Edward Bushell, 1988, Lexicon. A fictionalized rendition of Bushell's Case, in which Edward Bushell, by holding out against intense pressure to convict William Penn on a charge of preaching in a way not authorized by the Church of England, established both the power and role of the jury and the right of free exercise of religion. Available from America's Legal Bookstore, 725 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916/441-0410.

A Heinlein, Robert A., Take Back Your Government! : A Practical Handbook for the Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy to Work, 1992, Baen Books. The master of science fiction also wrote a handbook for political activists.

History and Biography

A Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx : The Character of Thomas Jefferson, 1997, Knopf. Winner of the 1997 National Book Award for non-fiction. Excellent examination of Thomas Jefferson as a man and political philosopher, and why he commands such an influence over political discourse in the United States after 200 years.

A Thomas P. Slaughter, The Whiskey Rebellion : Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution, 1988, Oxford Univ Press. History and significance of a tax rebellion in Western Pennsylvania in 1794 that was crushed by federal troops under the orders of George Washington.

A David P. Szatmary, Shay's Rebellion : The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection, 1984, Univ of Massachusetts Pr. History and significance of the debtor rebellion in Western Massachusetts from August 1786 to February 1787 that frightened American leaders into planning for a stronger central government and calling the Constitutional Convention.

Henry S. Commager, Milton Cantor (Eds.), Documents of American History, 1988, Prentice Hall. Fairly complete collection. Good resource for the historian.

A Vol. 1, To 1898
A Vol. 2, Since 1898

A Rosenfeld, Richard, American Aurora : A Democratic-Republican Returns, 1997, St Martins Pr. Tells the story of the struggle between the Hamiltonian federalists and the Jeffersonian democrats in the first years of the United States, from the viewpoint of the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Bache, the publisher of the Philadelphia Aurora, the newspaper that provoked the passage of the Sedition Act, under which its publisher was prosecuted, and which is credited with the election of Jefferson in 1800.

A McDonald, Forrest, The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, 1987, Univ Pr of Kansas. History of the Jefferson presidency.

Cautionary Fiction

A Ross, John, Unintended Consequences, 1996, Accurate Pr. Traces the progress from restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms to a police state.

A Preston, Richard, The Cobra Event, 1997, Random House. This is the novel that scared President Bill Clinton. Provides a realistic portrayal of a biological terrorist attack on the United States.

Recovery and Personal Development

A Huffer, Karin, Overcoming the Devastation of Legal Abuse Syndrome, 1995, Fulkort Pr. For victims of legal abuse and the social isolation such victims often experience.

A Doman, Glenn and Janet, How to Teach Your Baby to Read, 1994, Avery Pub Group. Instructions on how to teach infants before age two.

A Doman, Glenn and Janet, How to Teach Your Baby Math, 1993, Avery Pub Group. Instructions on how to teach infants before age two.

A Doman, Glenn and Janet, How to Multiply Your Baby's Intelligence, 1994, Avery Pub Group. Instructions on how to teach infants before age two.

A Doman, Glenn and Janet, Susan Aisen, How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge, 1994, Avery Pub Group. Instructions on how to teach infants before age two.


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