Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Browsing my Facebook feed the past few days, I’ve been astonished at the amount of hysterical, sloppy thinking I’ve seen from many of my otherwise smart friends. How you can see a (likely gay) Muslim man shoot up a room full of gay people and come away thinking that Trump-supporting Christian Republicans are to blame, as the NY Times does, is beyond me. To paraphrase a friend, the ability to progressives to eat anything and always produce the same shit is incredible.
The mainstream media becomes much easier to understand when you realize it’s the Cathedral’s propaganda arm. This got me thinking about books and other things that gave us a different POV and helped break the hold of the conventional narrative. Which works turned us into the cranky shitlords that we are? List time, people!
An important disclaimer: some of these books contain crimethink, hatethink, and other nasty things. The kind of outré stuff that may require safe spaces and trigger warnings. None of us here at UR approve of every word or conclusion. We endorse no political party, school of philosophy, or any other club that would have us as a member. Besides, it’s not as if, taken as a whole, this list comprises a coherent ideology. (Consistency is for the dogmatic and doctrinaire — fuck that.) Read and accept or reject as thou wilt.
Alright, enough throat clearing. Take a look and let us know what your favorite redpills are in the comments.
Politics & History
- Mencius Moldbug: A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations and An Open Letter to an Open-Minded Progressives. I briefly wrote about Moldbug here.
- One Dozen Candles: The Americanist Library. Start with Joseph McCarthy’s (yeah, that Joseph McCarthy) America’s Retreat from Victory. Foseti wrote about Huddleston’s France: The Tragic Years here.
- Edward Creasy: Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World.
- John Flynn: The Roosevelt Myth. Fabrizio wrote about it here.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago.
- Thomas Sowell: The Vision of the Anointed. Paleo Retiree wrote about Sowell here.
- Michael Oakeshott: Rationalism in Politics. Paleo Retiree wrote about Oakeshott here.
- Edward Abbey: Desert Solitaire.
- Stanley Rothman: The Roots of Radicalism.
- Kevin MacDonald: The Culture of Critique.
- Fred Reed: The Great Possum-Squashing and Beer Storm of 1962.
- Charles Ferguson: Inside Job.
Sex & Women
- Jack Donovan: The Way of Men and Becoming a Barbarian. Fabrizio wrote about The Way of Men here.
- Esther Vilar: The Manipulated Man. Paleo Retiree wrote about it here.
- George Gilder: Men and Marriage.
- Camille Paglia: “No Law in the Arena,” the lead essay in Vamps & Tramps.
- Roissy/Chateau Heartiste: There are lots of Game books out there, but Roissy is still the best. Start here.
Biology & Psychology
- Nicholas Wade: Before the Dawn.
- Gregory Cochran & Henry Harpending: The 10,000 Year Explosion.
- Steven Pinker: The Blank Slate.
- John Colapinto: As Nature Made Him.
- Gary Taubes: Good Calories, Bad Calories. Dense with detail, so if you’re looking for a 101-level introduction, go with Taubes’s Why We Get Fat.
- Marcus Aurelius: Meditations. Also the other great Stoics like Epictetus and Seneca.
- Friedrich Nietzsche: The Basic Writings. As Paleo Retiree likes to say, approach him like he’s the bomb-throwing stand-up comic of Western thought.
- Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching.
- Kenneth Clark: The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form.
- Oswald Spengler: Man and Technics.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Incerto tetraolgy, which begins with Fooled by Randomness.
Art & Culture
- My anti-modernism list.
- Fabrizio’s man movies list.
- Elmore Leonard: the Western novels. Start with Valdez is Coming or Hombre.
- Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake: the Parker novels. Darwyn Cooke’s adaptations are excellent, too.
- George Macdonald Fraser: the Flashman novels. I wrote about the first volume here.
- Charles Bukowski: the Chinaski novels. Start with Post Office.
- Charles Willeford: the novels and his memoirs. Start with Miami Blues, Cockfighter, or I Was Looking For a Street. I wrote briefly about the latter here.
- Charles Portis: the novels. Start with True Grit.
- Raymond Chandler: the Marlowe novels, the first of which is The Big Sleep. I wrote about The Long Goodbye here.
- Gore Vidal: the Narratives of Empire series. Could probably include this in the History section above, but they’re novels, so I’m putting them here.
- Steven Pressfield: Gates of Fire.
- Pretty much any blues record ever made, but the older the better. Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Otis Rush, Lonnie Johnson, Mance Lipscomb, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, Skip James, or Lead Belly are good places to start.
- In need of a classical education on the cheap? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.