Books You Won’t Be Assigned in College

This is a list of books meant to serve as a starting place for students and educators who are seeking a list of available books and authors that dissent from current academic orthodoxy. Recommended by David Horowitz.

African-American Studies:

John McWhorter, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America

Mary Lefkowitz, Not Out of Africa

Shelby Steele, The Content of Our Character

Ward Connerly, Creating Equal

Hugh Pearson, Shadow of the Panther

Mary Lefkowitz and Guy Maclean Rogers, Black Athena Revisited

American Studies:

Peter Collier & David Horowitz, Destructive Generation:Second Thoughts About the 60s

Paul Hollander, Anti-Americanism

Peter Collier & David Horowitz: The Anti-Chomsky Reader

Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About America

Barry Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin, Hating America: A History

Daniel J. Flynn, Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nations Greatness

Richard Brookhiser, What Would the Founders Do? Our Questions, Their Answers

Cultural Studies:

Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture: A Worldview

Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures: An International History

Thomas Sowell, Migrations and Cultures: A Worldview

Paul Johnson, Intellectuals

Ronald & Alis Radosh, Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left

James Bowman, Honor

Alan Ehrenhalt, The Lost City

Gertrude Himmelfarb, The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenment

French and American Enlightenments

Gertrude Himmelfarb, The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values

Roger Simon, Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in an Age of Terror

Roger Kimball, Rape of the Master

Irving Kristol, Reflections of a Neo-Conservative

Harvey Mansfield, Manliness

Peter Wood, Diversity

Gabriel Schoenfeld, The Return of Anti-Semitism

Robert Edgerton, Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony

Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Brian Anderson, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Media Bias


Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson

Deepak Lal, Invisible Hand: The Case for Class Liberalism in the 21st Century

Ludwig Von Mises, Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose

Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy

Andrew Bernstein, The Capitalist Manifesto

Martin Wolf, Fixing Global Finance

Martin Wolf, Why Globalization Works

David Horowitz, One Party Classroom

William F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale

Neil Hamilton, Zealotry and Academic Freedom

Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Alan Kors and Harvey Silvergate, The Shadow University:The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses

Roger Kimball, Tenured Radicals

Sol Stern, Breaking Free: Public School Lesson and the Imperative of School Choice

Dinesh D’Souza, Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus

Environmental Studies:

Roy Spencer, Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor

Chris Horner, Red Hot Lies

Lawrence Solomon, The Deniers; The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysterian, Political Persecution and Fraud-And Those Who Are Too Fearful To Do So

Ethnic Studies:

Richard Rodriquez, Hunger of Memory

Victor Davis Hanson, Mexifornia

Linda Chavez, An Unlikely Conservative

Peter Wood, Diversity: The Invention of a Concept


Burton Folsom, The Myth of the Robber Barons

Thomas DiLorenzo, How Capitalism Saved America

Larry Schweikart, A Patriot’s History of the United States

Daniel Flynn, A Conservative History of the American Left

Whittaker Chambers, Witness

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Paul Johnson, Modern Times

Harry Jaffa, A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincon and the Coming of the Civil War

Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill: Volume 5: Prophet of Truth, 1922-1939

Martin Malia, The Soviet Tragedy

Joshua Muravchik, Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism

Steven Hayward, The Age of Reason

Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

Victor Davis Hanson, A War Like No Other

Joseph Epstein, Alexis De Tocqueville: Democracy’s Guide,

Juan Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story

Richard Pipes, Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime

Robert Conquest, The Great Terror

Varlam Shalamov, Kolyma Tales

Michael Burleigh, Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, From the French Revolution to the Great War

Michael Burleigh, Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror

Howard K. Bloom,The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History

Howard K. Bloom,The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism

International Relations & American Foreign Policy:

Vietnam War:

Norman Podhoretz, Why We Were in Vietnam

Jeremiah Denton, When Hell was in Session

Bruce Herschensohn, An American Amnesia: How the US Congress Forced the Surrenders of Vietnam and Cambodia

B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

Lewis Sorley, A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam

Mark Moyar, Triumph Forsaken

Cold War:

John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History

Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dictatorships and Double Standards

John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage

Harvey Klehr, John Haynes, Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB

War on Terror:

Doug Feith, War and Decision


Ethan Gutmann, Losing the New China

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story

Global Studies:

Martin Wolf, Why Globalization Works

Deepak Lal, In Praise of Empires

Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Niall Ferguson, Colussus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

Christopher Caldwell, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West


Robert Levy and William Mellor, The Dirty Dozen:How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

Antonin Scalia, Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme

Court’s Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice

Antonin Scalia and Amy Gutmann, A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law

Michael W. McConnell, Robert F. Cochran Jr., and Angela

C. Carmella, Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought

Steven Michael Teles, The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law

Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution


Reinaldo Arenas,Before Night Falls

Saul Bellow, Revelstein

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon

Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Cormac McCarthy, The Road


Malcolm Muggeridge, Chronicles of Wasted Time

David Horowitz, Radical Son

Ronald Radosh, Commies

Said Sayrafiezadeh, When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood

Middle East Studies:

George Gilder, The Israel Test

Robert Spencer, Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America Without Guns or Bombs

Ibn Warraq, Defense of the West

Walid Phares, The War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy

Ibn Warraq, What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary

Wafa Sultan, A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam

Nonie Darwish, Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law

Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Israel

Norman Podhoretz, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamo-Fascism

Foud Ajami, The Foreigners Gift

Ephriam Karsh, Islamic Imperialism

Paul Berman, Terror and Liberalism

David Meir-Levi, History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression

Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle

Benny Morris, 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israel War

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel

Souad, Burned Alive: A Survivor of an “Honor Killing” Speaks Out Speaks Out

David Pryce-Jones, The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs

Jeffrey Herf, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World

Andrew McCarthy, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabatog America

Efraim Karsh, Palestine Betrayed

Political Science and Political Philosophy:

Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich A. Hayek, The Mirage of Social Justice

Robert Bork, The Tempting Of America

Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia

Jamie Glazov, United in Hate

Thomas P.M. Barnett, The Pentagon’s New Map

Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

Michael Oakeshott, Rationalism in Politics

Michael Ledeen, Accomplice to Evil

Paul Hollander, Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society

Paul Hollander, Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Origins and Impact at Home and Abroad

Leszek Kolakowski, Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders-The Golden Age-The Breakdown

Post-Colonial Studies:

Ibn Warraq, Defense of the West

Efraim Karsh, Islamic Imperialism

Humberto Fontova, Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant

David Horowitz, The Politics of Bad Faith

David Remnick, Lenin’s Tomb

Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps

Jeffrey Herf, Propaganda in the Arab World

Armando Valladares, Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag

Religious Studies:

Robert Spencer, The Truth About Muhammad

Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity

Richard John Neuhaus, American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile

Michael Novak, On Two Wings

Michael Novak, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers

Michael Novak, Washington’s God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of our Country

George Weigel, Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace

George Weigel, The Truth of Catholicism: The Essential Teachings and Controversies of the Church Today

George Weigel, Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action

Leon Kass, The Book of Genesis


Thomas Sowell, Black RedNecks and White Liberals

Shelby Steele, White Guilt

Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom, America in Black and White

James Q. Wilson, Crime and Human Nature: The Definitive Study of the Causes of Crime

Dinesh D’Souza, The End of Racism

Douglas Rushkoff, Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back

Women’s Studies:

Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?

Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge, Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women’s Studies

Phyllis Chesler, The Death of Feminism

Wendy Shalit, A Return to Modesty

Stephen Rhoads, Taking Sex Differences Seriously

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