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5 books every conservative millennial should read (that you might not expect)

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Most conservative millennials are aware of the value of books, especially those that help us become better informed or show us a perspective we may not have considered. However, some young conservatives may feel that the only kind of books that can improve their understanding of conservative ideas are philosophical treatises like The Road to Serfdom. Still, there are some works out there written for and by conservatives that go beyond such a format, and educate their readers through memoir, fiction, or other means.

In fact, sometimes books written to entertain as well as educate do a better job of informing an audience through interesting anecdotes and examples rather than dense, esoteric explanations. 

1. The Price of Everything by Russell Roberts 

My conservative father left this book on my shelf when I was a teenager. It is a short fiction work that one could read easily in a couple of days.

On the surface, this book is about a tennis prodigy named Ramon Fernandez whose mother ensured his success by escaping with him from communist Cuba when he was a child. However, it is also a story about the power of capitalism, why capitalism works, and why it is infinitely superior to communism. The writing is crisp and well-wrought. Even the most complex ideas in the book are presented in a conversational way.

2. Anthem and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is not exactly what I would call a conservative, at least not in the modern-day sense. However, she shares a lot of economic sensibilities with conservatives. Anthem is extremely short and packs a powerful punch, with a compelling plot laced with deep philosophical theory. Atlas Shrugged is notoriously lengthy at about 1,000 pages depending on what edition you choose, but it’s worth the commitment. Atlas Shrugged is a well-written work of philosophical genius with a suspenseful plot that will keep you up at night, flitting through pages to see what happens next.

Every young conservative should read her writings, especially Anthem and Atlas Shrugged. It was Atlas Shrugged that formed my understanding of the moral implications of capitalism and collectivism. It helped me deconstruct the morally fallacious arguments that collectivists propagate.

3. Assault And Flattery by Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is a super-cool, educated, and articulate conservative millennial, which should be enough to encourage any young conservative to read her work. This book is of particular importance, though, because it shows young conservatives how to counter liberal claims about “The War on Women.” It also illustrates how hypocritical many liberal politicians are when it comes to their treatment of women. Assault and Flattery is a hilarious and snarky read that’s definitely for both genders, seeing as male conservatives need to be able to counter claims of their inherent misogyny!

4. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Honestly, anyone living in Trump’s America should read this book, because it helps explain the forces behind how he became president. Beyond that, though, this is a memoir about determination, dedication, and what it means to truly achieve the American Dream. Vance is an insightful and entertaining writer who recounts his difficult experiences in life without a shred of self-pity. 

5. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison 

Most people who have graduated from high school have read a few of the Federalist Papers. It’s great to read a wide variety of them to gain a deeper understanding of how the American government works and why it was constructed in a particular way. Reading The Federalist Papers has helped me understand every aspect of the United States government and Constitution, which is especially useful when I spar with liberals over the validity of living Constitutionalism.

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