I am a firm believer that the greatest weapon is the mind. As such, I have elected to post a list once a month of books I believe every well-rounded person should read. Suggestions can also be made in the comments section, and I will take them into consideration. I am of the opinion that there are no bad books, simply poorly written ones and bad people. I often read books I disagree with, and as such it should not be assumed a spot on the list is tacit approval of the ideas discussed in the book.
Decline of the West – Oswald Spengler
In this engrossing and highly controversial philosophy of history, Spengler describes how we have entered into a centuries-long “world-historical” phase comparable to late antiquity. Guided by the philosophies of Goethe and Nietzsche, he rejects linear progression, and instead presents a world view based on the cyclical rise and decline of civilizations. He argues that a culture blossoms from the soil of a definable landscape and dies when it has exhausted all of its possibilities. Since its first publication in two volumes between 1918-1923, The Decline of the West has ranked as one of the most widely read and most talked about books of our time.
Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics – Francis Parker Yockey
Imperium is the first sequel the literary world knows to Spengler’s monumental The Decline of the West. In fact, the author of Imperium does more than even Spengler attempted — he defines and creates the pathology of Culture in all of its infinitely urgent importance, including the discipline of Cultural Vitalism. Imperium rejects the Nineteenth Century: the parched fossils of its thought — Marx, Freud and the scientific-technical world outlook; its exhausted political nostrums — the pluralistic state, liberalism, democracy, communism, internationalism; all of which fail to satisfy the organically vital realities of politics. Imperium presents unique and almost esoteric political, social and historical definitions and explanations which shall become more widely known — indeed, commonly understood — if our West survives.
A classic account of the French War in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Learn from the mistakes of others. A fascinating read about a lesser-known conflict.
My Reminiscences of East Africa: The East Africa Campaign of the First World War by the Most Notable German Commander – Paul Emil Von Lettow-Vorbeck
The author of this book was one of the most remarkable commanders in the entire war not only in the East African Campaign, for he was never truly beaten in battle though quite often the odds were decidedly against him. This was a German with a genius for guerrilla warfare whose achievements could rival the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. Inevitably, his account of his experiences during the First World War, originally published shortly thereafter, make essential and riveting reading for all those interested in the subject.
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Earnest Hemingway
A classic and my favorite Hemingway novel. Required reading for anyone who considers themselves a well-read person. What would you die for?