Young America’s Foundation convened a panel on conservative books at the National Conservative Student Conference, held in early August at George Washington University in Washington, DC. National Review’s John J. Miller, Regnery Publishing President Marji Ross, and Discovery Institute’s Dr. Benjamin Wiker provided an extensive reading list for anyone interested in Conservative thought.
The following are each panelists recommendations.
National Review’s John J. Miller suggested, in the following categories:
- History of conservative thought
- Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George Nash
- The Constitution
- Ronald Reagan
Marji Ross, Regnery Publishing President, noted that students should read books they don’t agree with as well as those with which they do agree. Furthermore, there are no better sources to to study than Shakespeare and the Bible in order to understand almost any literary allusion.
Ross closed her comments by telling students not to be an intellectual snobs. That is, “don’t disdain pop culture.” Her reading recommendations are in the following categories and includes several novels:
- American History
- Conservative Principles
- Business & Success
- Aristotle’s Politics
- Democracy in America
- The Anti-Federalists Papers and Constitutional Convention Debates
- The Road to Serfdom
- Sense and Sensibility – Wiker recommends both the book and the movie. The latter, in his opinion, shows how conservative principles can be portrayed well in film.
- The Lord of the Rings
Watch the entire panel at BookTV.