“What books should I be reading? Where do I start for a well-rounded education?”
Ever feel like you’re getting the pieces, but not the whole picture of your world and your place in it?
If that sounds like something you’ve wondered about, then you’ve come to the right place.
These days it is harder to get the well-rounded education you deserve. Core ideas behind the American Founding and Western civilization have been driven out of too many classrooms. But you can still learn these essential principles, if you’re hungry to do so.
Many people turn to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) for just this reason. Eastern University seniors Emmalee Moffitt and Wayne Brown captured a sentiment I hear again and again from students when they recently said, “What drew us to ISI was its commitment to exploring ideas that are so often overlooked—or simply attacked—in modern academia.”
And the question I get from students more often than any other is “What should I be reading?”
We’ve published hundreds of books at ISI, but I recommend ten that stand out as introductions to the ideas, principles, and works that any lover of America and the West should know.
Now I want to share these books with you. They changed my perspective; they’ll probably change yours, too. So here are your essential books to give you an invaluable introduction to Western civilization, the American experience, conservative thought, and economics.
UPDATE: These recommendations have proved so popular that we have added a bonus eleventh title and made ALL the books available to you as free downloads!
America’s Founding Principles
So there you have it: your essential books for a broad education in the Western tradition, America’s founding principles, conservative thought, and free-market economics. And remember, since ISI originally published this article, we have added a bonus eleventh title and made ALL the books available to you as free downloads!
Of course, this is just a starter kit. You can (and should!) go deeper in your reading—and ISI has plenty of other resources for you there. But when you read these books—accessible, engaging works written by leading thinkers—you’ll get an excellent grounding in foundational ideas.
To see the updated list of eleven titles and start downloading your free copies, go here.
Jed Donahue is editor in chief of ISI Books.