Top 10 Books on Conservatism in The United States

 

Conservatism is defined as “political and social philosophy promoting traditional social institution in the context of culture and civilization”.

The United States never witnessed any conservative national party since 1776 when the nation was formed until the American Revolution took place and mindsets of the population took a sharp turn towards conservatism and terms like monarchy and church liberalism.

 

The conscience of conservative

This 1960 published book written by Barry Goldwater and ghostwritten by many authors like L Brent. Bozell  Jr covers topics such as education, labour unions and policies, agricultural policies and farm policies, a social welfare program, and taxation rules.

Read it For:
The ideas and policies which were prevalent 58 years back then. Goldwater’s career skyrocketed as he discussed the most sensitive cases at that time.
Don't Read it For:
Though Goldwater’s method did work back then but as of now all the methods and topic discussed, are not applicable. Avoid the methods told by the author.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the best books on conservatism in the United States as it touched the problems faced by the people to the core. Problems are mentioned in the Synopsis

Democracy in America

The translated version of De La Democratie en Amerique, canvasses fall of republicism and the rise of democracy happening over hundred years. This book was published in two volumes by Alex de Tocqueville.

Read it For:
This book is a classic read for the topics like political history, social politics, and history.
Don't Read it For:
Negative aspects like mass incarceration and prison life depicted narratively in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Sheer brilliance of the author compelling every point regarding prison life and American politics that gave a hitting wave to the lives of today’s generation.

The Federalist Papers

This is the collection of 85 essays and articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to request U.S. ratifications in the constitution. The essays were written under pseudonym ‘Publius’ and in accordance with logical arguments so as to convince the leaders of thirteen states.

Read it For:
Better understanding of the formation of the constitution by the legendary authors.
Don't Read it For:
political knowledge, as it won’t provide you with. This is a total work of essays and articles just focusing on rules and how the constitution should build up.
What makes this book stand out?:
perfect explanation by the authors in the form of essays for urging the ratifications included in the U.S.

Witness

First published in 1952 it’s author Whittaker Chambers is a combination of autobiography and dangers related to communism.

Read it For:
Inspiration for new age conservative republican and conversion from a new deal democrat
Don't Read it For:
As appearing and appealing are the reviews, this book has minimal negative aspects and is a good read for political and history fanatics.
What makes this book stand out?:
Clear narration and definite characters and events placed by the author. This book helped Ronald Reagan in delivering his message of conservatism.
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The conservative mind: from Burke to Santayana

Published in 1953, this work by Russell Kirk spreads the thoughts of conservatism from Edmund Burke. Though many people don’t believe in conservatism, this book tells that conservative ideology is a worldwide spread way of life.

Read it For:
increasing your ideology and learning the correct meaning of conservatism by legends like Edmund Burke and Santayana. Also for gaining the proper understanding of the difference between conservatism and liberalism.
Don't Read it For:
the purpose of changing the mind from conservatism to republicism as it will press you to become the one.
What makes this book stand out?:
Explicit information and knowledge by Edmund Burke.

Ideas have consequences

The author, Richard Weaver again tells us the idea of 14th-century nominalism and western civilization. Published in 1948, this work has a philosophical aspect. The ‘declination of the west must be eradicated’ was the main motive behind it.

Read it For:
this work of Richard Weaver is applauded is various fields of philosophy. It tried to capture many philosophies of the life.
Don't Read it For:
Though the work of philosophy is celebrated but don’t read it for applying all in real life.
What makes this book stand out?:
Beautiful analogy of ideas and world philosophies. It also stands for the eradication of notions and hierarchy which helped in the decline of the west.

On liberty

Originally planned as a short essay, this work by John Stuart Mill is a philosophical work which extracts the information related utilitarianism to the society and the state. However, apart from this, the author also focuses on the importance of individuality and tyranny of the majority.

Read it For:
the knowledge of social and economic issues and Mill’s position on women’s right and oppression of husbands. This book is highly recommended by the critics as well as readers.
Don't Read it For:
political difference in opinions. Otherwise, this book has highest possible recommendations.
What makes this book stand out?:
nicely blending social issues with the political ones. This book was way ahead of it’s time and the perfect time is now.

Rules for Radicals.

Author Saul D. Alinsky impassioned with great effort to make today’s youth understand the difference between being realistic radical and rhetorical one. The author combined his attitude and writing in order to intensify political engagement.

Read it For:
Better understanding of nationalism and radicalism. There resides a common enemy is all countries- Violence. This book forces one to change violence into non-violent conflicts.
Don't Read it For:
The author himself contradicts in many rules written. This book slowly shifts from national views to individual views.
What makes this book stand out?:
Perfect understanding and knowledge like an average man gain political acclamation if he gets organized.

God and man at Yale

The author Willliam Buckley criticized Yale professors by name in this book for the reason of changing collectivist and secularist into ideas of liberalism. Yale was failing to educate its masters by teaching contents which were inconsistent in the belief of Yale alumni.

Read it For:
how the author and the book played an important role in bridging the gap faster in arising conservative movements.
Don't Read it For:
As the author directly attacked professors, this book is less of knowledge and more of allegations.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book exposed irregular educational attitude and rocked the educational world which gave the author instant fame.

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