Natan Sharansky and Shira Wolosky Weiss, Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy (New York: PublicAffairs, 2008). For those who thing identity is the root of all conflict.
* Nathan Rosenberg and L. E. Birdzell, Jr., How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World (New York: Basic Books, 1986). An alternative view to prosperity built upon “imperialism, exploitation, or legerdemain.”
William J. Bennett, The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011). “Raising up men has never been easy, but today it seems particularly tough. The young and old need heroes to embody the eternal qualities of manhood: honor, duty, valor, and integrity” (rear cover).
Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century (New York: A New Directions Book, 1960). Challenged by a truly radical orientation, at least compared to our own.
* F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom: The Definitive Edition (Chicago: edited by Bruce Caldwell, The University of Chicago Press, 2007, originally published 1944). “A passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production” (rear cover).
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Second Edition, 1998, originally published in 1958). What is the condition of modern humanity?
Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S.J., Method in Theology (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971). Functional specialization and the pivot point between recovering the past and setting the foundations for the future.
* Augustine, The City of God (New York: A Modern Library, Translated by Marcus Dods, D.D., Introduction by Thomas Merton, 1993). Two cities?
Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (New York: Anchor Books, 1998). What made Western civilization possible?
Jane Jacobs, Dark Age Ahead (New York: Random House, 2004). Have our institutions run into internal and/or external problems they cannot handle? Oversights and flights from understanding have their consequences.
* Michael Walsh, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West (New York: Encounter Books, 1015). An contemporary example of how counter-positions can feed upon themselves in a relentless drive toward decline.
Anonymous Conservative, The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans (Federalist Publications, 2014). A book on political science connecting basic political positions with their possible origin in r/K evolution selection theory.
Jim Penman, Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). The author makes use of the latest findings in epigenetics, the study of how environments affect critical switch genes, to explore the development and decline of human beings and of society.
* Watzlawick, Paul, Janet Helmick Beavin, and Don D. Jackson, Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradoxes (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1967).
Sorokin, Pitirim A., Man and Society in Calamity: The Effects of War, Revolution, Famine, Pestilence upon Human Mind, Behavior, Social Organization and Cultural Life (New York, N. Y.: E. P. Dutton, 4th Printing edition, 1946).
* Merton, Thomas, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation (New York: edited by William H. Shannon, HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).
* McShane, Philip, Wealth of Self and Wealth of Nations: Self-Axis of the Great Ascent (New York: Exposition Press, 1975).
* Lonergan, Bernard J. F., Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (London: Darton, Longman and Todd LTD, 1957).
Khan, M. A., Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery (New York, N. Y.: iUniverse, 2009).
Chesler, Phyllis, Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, second edition, 2009).