Pillars of Liberty
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
The Jefferson Letters
Patrick Henry – Give Me Liberty Speech
John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government
Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations
For those that find Wealth of Nations to be a bit thick and difficult, I strongly recommend P.J. O’Rourke’s wonderful primer, On The Wealth of Nations – Books That Changed the World.
As long as I am pitching P.J., there are two books that set me on the road to understanding, O’Rourke’s All the Trouble in the World – The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty and Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose. Free to Choose was also made into a TV series, the videos are here.