Books can provide the knowledge and insight needed to understand where we have been as a country and where we could be heading. Americans who want to make sure they are doing their part to equip themselves to be good citizens can start with a good read. These titles are powerful and thoughtful looks into our history as well as our future — and belong on every patriot’s suggested reading list.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
A number-one New York Times bestseller, this is a detailed look at President Lincoln’s story, from the start of his life in a one-room cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky, to winning the presidency and the Civil War. Team of Rivals, by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, also examines what Lincoln believed, making it the perfect read for anyone with a curiosity about one of the most pivotal figures in American history.
Before it was a musical, this biography was a New York Times bestseller. Written by Ron Chernow, this 2005 book has been called the best biography of one of our nation’s founding fathers. It’s an inspiring story that so few know, from his rise from poverty to his friendship with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton is about a man to be admired and this book provides a detailed look at who he was and what he stood for.
The American Spirit
Published in 2017, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For is a collection of speeches by David McCullough. As an award-winning historian, McCullough is specifically equipped to speak on what it means to be an American and what our country values most.
The Conservative Mind
Formally, conservativism is a fairly young movement, beginning in the 1930s. However, the philosophies of the party can be traced much farther back in the history of our country. Which is exactly what author Russel Kirk does in his 1953 book The Conservative Mind. This read has influenced many great minds in American politics and is an excellent source for anyone who wants to better understand what it means to be conservative in the United States.
Not all required reading on government and politics is non-fiction. In 1984, author George Orwell looks ahead to a dystopian future when the government is seeking intense control of its citizens. This novel gives a perfect picture of what could happen when leadership is willing to create a perfect society at all costs and what the consequences are for those who live in a utopia.
As an American citizen, a true patriot isn’t someone who follows blindly. Instead, they are someone who chooses to educate themselves so they can vote and advocate for the future of our great country.
Did we miss anything on your reading list? Let us know in the comments so other patriots can enjoy one of your favorites!
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