Recommended Reading

A Guide to the Good Life: the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi

Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism by Victoria Clark

America: Empire of Liberty by David Reynolds

American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan

Biblical Interpretation and Middle East Policy by Irvine H. Anderson

Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Pikkety

Coming Apart by Charles Murray

Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror by Ian Shapiro

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper

Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush by Gary Scott Smith

For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby

God Save Texas: a Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright

Head and Heart: American Christianities by Garry Wills

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

How to be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci

Liberty and American Anti-Imperialism by Michael Cullinane

Our Towns: a 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America by James and Deborah Fallows

Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans

Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776 by Walter McDougall

Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

Smart World by Richard Ogle

Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr

Sonic Boom by Gregg Easterbrook

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Stoner by John Williams

Strategy: A History by Lawrence Freedman

Superclass by Davis Rothkopf

Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston

Taming American Power by Stephen M. Walt

The Age of Abundance by Brink Lindsey

The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance by Michael H. Hunt

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank

The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation by Stephen Flynn

The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes

The Family by Jeff Sharlet

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria

The Gridlock Economy by Michael Heller

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World by Avi Shlaim

The Israel Lobby by John Mearsheimer and Steven Walt

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich

The Paradox of American Power by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund S. Morris

The Social Animal by David Brooks

The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration by Jack Goldsmith

The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

The Unwinding: An Inner History of America by George Packer

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Two Cheers for Anarchism by James C. Scott

US Foreign Policy in World History by David Ryan

Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

What America Owes the World by H.W. Brands