What are American liberals reading?

I asked this late last night, and got nothing. And I mean nothing. I am going to try it again.

Less than a week ago, I posed a question as to what Conservatives are reading, and tried to gear it towards maybe the last 3 to 5 books they have read on political science and economics. I got some good answers, other, I think were looking for 2 points.

Dead serious question, what would you recommend a conservative, like myself, go down to the library and read?

(Half jokingly) I won't buy a book by a liberal author, but Sun Tzu wrote many years ago that we need to know our enemy. I am more than willing to look at the other side, but I would like to know maybe 3 books that a liberal would say would be worthwhile for a conservative to read.

Big note. I am currently reading "The Reagan Diaries". The last few books I have read are "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg, The Federalist Papers, and Liberty and Tyranny. My next 2 books are "The 5000 Year Leap" and "The Road To Serfdom" by a Nobel Prize winning economist. Al Frankin's "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big, Fat Idiot" won't make the cut.

Oh, and I do know that Thomas Paine was pro-French Revolution, while Edmund Burke was not, and why, so serious reading only.

12 Answers

  • Steve
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    'Nudge' by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

    'Madness and Civilization' by Michel Foucault

    'God's Harvard' by Hanna Rosin

    'Lost in Place' by Salzman

    'In Defense of Food' by Michael Pollan

    'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan

    'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' by Barbara Kingsolver

    'All Creatures Great and Small' by James Herriot

    'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' (slowly) by Edward Gibbon

    'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy

    'Guns Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond

    'No Exit' by Jean-Paul Sartre

    'The Beak of the Finch' by Jonathan Weiner

    'The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution' by Sean Carroll

    My favorites of these by category:

    Fun: 'All Creature Great and Small' and 'Lost in Place'

    Economics: 'Nudge'

    Food/Health/Economics: 'The Omnivore's Dilemma'

    Science: 'The Beak of the Finch'

    A Challenge: 'Madness and Civilization'

    Source(s): This is a random selection of the past few months. Obviously I don't read that many partisan books--mostly literature and good non-fiction. And personally, I suggest everyone here try that for a while--turn off the politics and read something timeless.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The last 5 books i read on economics were:

    Under cover economist - Tim Harford

    The logic of life - Tim Harford

    The Truth about markets - John Kay

    The bottom Billion - Paul Collier

    and The wealth of nations.

    Don't know how these affect politics at all though.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hmmm...well... A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud by Peter Watso is great, as is History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity by Mircea Eliade and Willard R. Trask, and let's see....Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas - also All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas by Geoffrey J. Martin.

    I haven't read My Pet Goat, however.....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    as a conservative I am reading a book on the history of the constitution with court cases and a book on the history of conservatives since WWII. I also love Great Gatsby, and any Salinger.

    Also Coulters book/columns are witty and funny and Mark Levin has a solid new book out too.

    I also love reading trivia books and books about world cultures and IQ's. Interesting stuff.

    Libs? Probably reading the NY Times, Time magazine and some murder mystery. Then claiming they are "well read".

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  • 1 decade ago

    i was reading consumer reports earlier. had a great article on the best kind of washers and dryers. before that i read playboy. well, i read the jokes.

    btw, for the guy two answers down, war and peace is a great book. good luck getting through it.

    Source(s): my big brain
  • trout
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    " the fountain head"

    " The great depression of 1990"

    " American Rough rider"

    " a peoples tragedy, the russian revolution.

  • poop
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I'm about to read Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin.

    Source(s): liberal
  • 1 decade ago
  • I just went out and bought War and Peace by Tolstoy, plan on starting it tonight.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All the liberals are reading.....Playgirl.

    Conservatives are reading about Thomas Jefferson.

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