Freedom and Future Library

You’d have to be living under a rock buried somewhere halfway down to the center of the earth in order not to be aware that in recent years our beautiful world has been shaken up by a number of crises the likes of which I, at least, have not experienced in my entire lifetime — I can’t remember any other time when I have so consistently felt the urge to put on blinders and wrap myself in a giant comfort blanket approximately 10 seconds after opening a newspaper (or its online edition), or 10 seconds into listening to the news.  Obviously playing ostrich has never done anybody any good, but God knows, it’s getting hard not to succumb to the temptation.

So what does a book lover do in order to keep her sanity, equip herself to separate fact from fiction (in news reporting, politics, and plenty of other places) and deal with rat catchers and fire mongers?  She turns to books, of course.

I’ve decided to build a “Freedom and Future” personal library, containing books which (1) have either deeply impacted my personal thinking or that I expect will come to do so in the future, or which (2) provide valuable food for thought in today’s social and political debate, both nationally and internationally; be it based on a profound analysis of the issues at stake (as a matter of principle or long term), or because even though they may not be of lasting significance, they contain a thought-provoking contribution to the current debate (even if they were not written with that express purpose in mind — e.g., books about historic persons or events or books by long-dead authors).  I’m not expecting to binge-read the books added to this library, but I’m looking to add them to the mix with a bit more focus than I’ve been doing of late.

This is an ongoing project; as I come across more books, I’ll be adding to the library.

The books are broken down into topical reading lists on BookLikes as follows:

  1. Liberty, Freedom Rights, and Privacy
  2. Equality, Diversity and Plural Society (Race, Gender, etc.)
  3. Justice and the Judiciary
  4. Democracy / Democratic Process v. Totalitarianism / Abuse of Power
  5. War and War Crimes / Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
  6. Migration / Refugees / Displacement
  7. Economy (Poverty/Distribution of Wealth, Globalization, Free Trade)
  8. Education / Science / Technology / Environment
  9. Ethics

 

the books in alphabetical order:

Edward Abby
– Desert Solitaire

John Adams
– Revolutionary Writings, 1755-1783 (2 volumes)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
– We Should All Be Feminists

Maya Angelou
– I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Madeleine Albright
– Fascism: A Warning
– Madam Secretary: A Memoir
– The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on Faith, God and World Affairs
– Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
– Heretic
– Infidel
– Nomad

Isabel Allende
– De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadow)

Akhil Reed Amar / Les Adams
– The Bill of Rights Primer: A Citizen’s Guidebook to the American Bill of Rights

Amnesty Internationa, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, and Others
– Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Kofi Annan
– Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
– We the Peoples: The 2001 Nobel Lecture

Jean Anouilh
– Antigone

Louise Arbour
– War Crimes and the Culture of Peace

Hannah Arendt
– Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics / Civil Disobedience / On Violence / Thoughts on Politics and Revolution
– Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
– The Origins of Totalitarianism
– The Portable Hannah Arendt
Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975

Anthony Arnove, Colin Firth, David Horspool
– The People Speak: Voices That Changed Britain

Thomas Asbridge
– The Greatest Knight

Ed Asner / Ed. Weinberger
– The Grouchy Historian

Aristophanes
– The Complete Plays, especially:
– The Birds
– Clouds
– The Knights
– Lysistrata

Aristotle
– The Politics
– The Nicomachean Ethics

Timothy Garton Ash
Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

Assemblée constituante (France)
– Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen (1789) (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen)

Assemblée nationale (France)
– Articles constitutionnels (1789) / Constitution de France (1791) (Constitutional Articles of 1989 and Constitution of 1791)

Margaret Atwood
– Freedom
– Hag Seed
– The Handmaid’s Tale

James Baldwin
– Collected Essays
– Giovanni’s Room

John Dudley Ball
– In the Heat of the Night

Gary Jonathan Bass
– Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals

Mary Beard
– Women & Power: A Manifesto

Simone de Beauvoir
– The Second Sex

Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat
– Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin-Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence

Louis de Bernières
– Birds Without Wings

Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
– All the President’s Men

Kai Bird / Martin J. Sherwin
– American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Black Hawk
– The Autobiography of Black Hawk

Ray Bradbury
– Fahrenheit 451

Willy Brandt
– Erinnerungen (My Life in Politics)

Bertolt Brecht
– Antigone: In a Version by Bertolt Brecht
– Der Aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui)
– Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (Mother Courage and Her Children)

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha
– Four Noble Truths

Thi Bui
– Best We Could Do

Rachel Carson
– Silent Spring

William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, Paul Ortiz, Robert Parris
– Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

Marcus Tullius Cicero
– An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae)
– Selections from the Writings of Cicero

Clayborne Carson (ed.), Various Authors
– Reporting Civil Rights

Christopher Clark
– The Sleepwalkers

Andrew Cockburn
– Kill Chain

James Comey
– A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Richard Condon
– The Manchurian Candidate

Members of the Constitutional Congress
– The Constitution of the United States (1787)

Gordon Corera
– Intercept

Charlie Craggs
– To My Trans Sisters

Juana Inés de la Cruz
– La Respuesta (The Answer)

Dalai Lama XIV
– Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
– Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
– The Power of Compassion: A Collection of Lectures

Danny Danziger, John Gillingham
– 1215: The Year of Magna Carta

Charles Darwin
– The Origin of Species
– The Voyage of the Beagle

Richard Dawkins
– The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Michel Debré, Comité Consultatif Constitutionnel
– Constitution de la 5e République française (1958) (Constitution of the Fifth French Republic)

Daniel C. Dennett
– Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

René Descartes
– Discours de la méthode

Jared Diamond
– Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson
– Natural Experiments of History

Fyodor Dostoevsky
– The Grand Inquisitor

Frederick Douglass
– Autobiographies / Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Nat Turner, William W. Brown, Henry Bibb, Sojouner Truth, William Craft, Harriet Jacobs, and J.D.Green; William L. Andrews and Henry Louis Gates (eds.)
– Slave Narratives

W.E.B. Du Bois
– The Souls of Black Folk

Angela Eagle, Imran Ahmed
– The New Serfdom

Wolfram Eilenberger
– Zeit der Zauberer (The Time of the Magicians)

Albert Einstein
– Essays in Humanism

T.S. Eliot
– Murder in the Cathedral

Joseph J. Ellis
– American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
– Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Ralph Ellison
– Invisible Man

Ralph Waldo Emerson
– Selected Essays

Ronan Farrow
– War on Peace

Sebastian Faulks
– Birdsong
– War
– A Week in December

Joachim Fest
– Hitler

Lion Feuchtwanger
– Die Geschwister Oppermann (The Oppermanns)
– Die Jüdin von Toledo (Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo / A Spanish Ballad)
– Jud Süß
– Narrenweisheit oder Tod und Verklärung des Jean-Jacques Rousseau (‘Tis folly to be wise, or, Death and transfiguration of Jean-Jaques Rousseau)

John E. Finn
– Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

Helen Fitzgerald
– Viral

Patrick Flanery
– I Am No One

Moderata Fonte
– The Worth of Women

John Foxe
– Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Pope Francis, Dominique Wolton
– A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society

Anne Frank
– The Diary of Anne Frank

Viktor E. Frankl
– Man’s Search for Meaning

Benjamin Franklin
– Writings

Thomas L. Friedman
– The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
– The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Max Frisch
– Biedermann und die Brandstifter (The Firebugs)

Francis Fukuyama
– The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

Joachim Gauck
– Freiheit (Freedom)
– Winter im Sommer — Frühling im Herbst: Erinnerungen (Winter in Summer — Spring in Fall: Memoirs)

Richard J. Goldstone
– For Humanity: Reflections Of A War Crimes Investigator

Mikhail Gorbachev
– Memoirs
– Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World

Al Gore
– The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-making
– An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

Philip Gourevitch
– We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

David Graeber
– Debt: The First 5,000 Years

George Grant
– The American Patriot’s Handbook: The Writings, History, and Spirit of a Free Nation

Lewis Grassic Gibbon
– Spartacus

Allen C. Guelzo
– The American Mind

Sebastian Haffner (ed.), Various Authors
– Versailles 1919: Aus der Sicht von Zeitzeugen (Versailles 1919: Seen Through the Eyes of Contemporary Witnesses)

Jonathan Haidt
– The Righteous Mind

Matt Haig
– Notes on a Nervous Planet

Alex Haley
– Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alexander Hamilton
– Writings

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
– The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and others, Bernard Bailyn (ed.)
– The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification: September 1787-August 1788 (2 volumes)

Yuval Noah Harari
– Money

Luke Harding
– The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man

Stephen Hawking
– A Brief History of Time

Michael V. Hayden
– Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Seamus Heaney, Sophocles
– The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone

Joseph Heller
– Catch-22
– Something Happened
– Work

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
– Das Leben der anderen (The Lives of Others)

Hermann Hesse
– Narziß und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund)
– Siddhartha

Rolf Hochhuth
– Juristen (Lawyers)
– Der Stellvertreter (The Deputy)

David E. Hoffman
– The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

Tom Holland
– Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

Wilhelm von Humboldt
– Ideen zu einem Versuch, die Grenzen der Wirksamkeit des Staats zu bestimmen (The Sphere and Duties of Government / The Limits of State Action)

David Hume
– An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
– Essays: Moral, Political and Literary

John Hume
– A New Ireland: Politics, Peace, and Reconciliation

Aldous Huxley
– Brave New World

Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel (eds.), Various Authors
– Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938-1946

International Committee of the Red Cross
– Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions and Their Additional Protocols

Peter H. Irons
– Brennan Vs. Rehnquist: The Battle for the Constitution

Michael Isikoff, David Corn
– Russian Roulette

Thomas Jefferson
– Writings

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, Andrew Jackson, and others, John Grafton (ed.)
– The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865

Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Otis, John Dickinson, Samuel Adams, Joseph Galloway, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Samuel Seabury, Thomas Hutchinson, and others, Gordon Wood (ed.)
– The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1776 (2 volumes)

Dan Jones
– Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

Reece Jones
– Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move

Ernst Jünger
– In Stahlgewittern (Storms of Steel)

Hasnain Kazim
– Post von Karlheinz

Sarah Kendzior
– The View from Flyover Country

John F. Kennedy
– Let the Word Go Forth: Speeches, Statements, and Writings 1947 to 1963
– A Nation of Immigrants
– Profiles in Courage

Robert F. Kennedy
– Thirteen Days

Navid Kermani
– Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt (State of Emergency: Travels in a Troubled World)
– Einbruch der Wirklichkeit: Auf dem Flüchtlingstreck durch Europa (Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe)
– Vergesst Deutschland!: Eine patriotische Rede (Forget Germany!: A Patriotic Speech)
– Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen (Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities)

Ian Kershaw
– Hitler: A Biography

John Maynard Keynes
– The Economic Consequences of the Peace
– The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

Martin Luther King Jr.
– Letter from the Birmingham Jail
– A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Naomi Klein
– No Is Not Enough

Helen J. Knowles
– The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty

Arthur Koestler
– Darkness at Noon

Clea Koff
– The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist’s Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo

Eugen Kogon
– Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell)

Aung San Suu Kyi
– Freedom from Fear

John Le Carré
– The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Denis Leary
– Why We Don’t Suck and How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches

Harper Lee
– To Kill a Mockingbird

Ursula K. Le Guin
– No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
– Nathan the Wise, Minna von Barnhelm, and Other Plays and Writings

C.S. Lewis
– The Screwtape Letters

Sinclair Lewis
– It Can’t Happen Here

Savyon Liebrecht
– Die Banalität der Liebe (The Banality of Love)

Michael Lienesch
– In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement

Mark Lilla
– The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

Abraham Lincoln
– The Gettysburg Address
– Selected Speeches and Writings

John Locke
– Second Treatise of Government
– Political Writings

Chris Lowney
– A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain

Martin Luther
– Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen (The Freedom of a Christian)
– Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings

Margaret MacMillan
– Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

William MacAskill
– Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

Niccolò Machiavelli
– The Prince

James Madison
– Writings

Mairead Corrigan Maguire
– The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland

Malcolm X
– The Autobiography of Malcolm X

David Mamet
– Glengarry Glen Ross

Peter C. Mancall
– Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

Nelson Mandela
– Long Walk to Freedom

Abby Mann
– Judgment at Nuremberg

Heinrich Mann
– Der Untertan (Man of Straw)

Klaus Mann
– Mephisto

Thomas Mann
– Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen (Reflections of an Unpolitical Man)
– Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! — Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945)

Marcus Aurelius
– Meditations

Joyce Marlow (ed.), Various Authors
– Votes for Women: The Virago Book of Suffragettes

Milton Sanford Mayer
– They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45

Sarah McBride
– Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

John McIlwain
– Magna Carta In Salisbury

Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
– All The Devils Are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World

Francesca Melandri
– Alle, außer mir (original title: Sangue giusto — “The Right [or Just] Blood”)

Maria Rosa Menocal
– The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Maria Rosa Menocal, Raymond P. Scheindlin, Michael Sells (eds.), Various Authors
– The Literature of Al-Andalús

John Stuart Mill
On Liberty
– The Subjection of Women

Frank Millar
– David Trimble: The Prince of Peace

John Milton
– Areopagitica and Other Writings

Michel de Montaigne
– Essays

Montesquieu
– De l’esprit des lois

Thomas More
– Utopia

Toni Morrison
– Beloved
– The Song of Solomon
– The Bluest Eye
– Race
– The Origin of Others

John Mortimer
– The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole
– The Fascist Beast

John Muir
– Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth / My First Summer in the Sierra / The Mountains of California / Stickeen / Essays

Una Mullally, Various Authors
– Repeal the 8th

Miyamoto Musashi
– The Book of Five Rings

Muna Ndulo
– Security, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation: When the Wars End

Viet Thanh Nguyen (ed./contrib.), Various Authors
– The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

Bill Nye
– Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans Montpensier
– Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle

George Orwell
– Animal Farm
– 1984
– The Orwell Reader: Fiction, Essays, and Reportage

Nicholas O’Shaughnessy
– Marketing the Third Reich: Persuasion, Packaging and Propaganda

Carl von Ossietzky
– Rechenschaft: Publizistik aus den Jahren 1913-1933 (roughly equivalent with the English language compilation The Stolen Republic: Selected Writings)

Ovid
– Gedichte aus der Verbannung (Tristia, Epistulae ex Ponto)

Thomas Paine
– Collected Writings: Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets / Articles & Letters

Dexter Palmer
– Version Control

Parlamentarischer Rat
– Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1949) (German Constitution)

Blaise Pascal
– Pensées

J.J. Patrick
– Alternative War

Iain Pears
– The Dream Of Scipio

Shimon Peres
– Battling for Peace: A Memoir

Christine de Pizan
– Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose (The Debate on the Romance of the Rose)
– La Cité des Dames (The City of the Ladies)
– Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc (The Ballad of Joan of Arc)

Valerie Plame Wilson
– Fair Game

Plato
– The Republic

Helen Prejean
– Dead Man Walking

Christoph Ransmayr
– Die letzte Welt (The Last World)

Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner
– What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Christopher Reeve
– Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

Tom Reiss
– The Black Count

Erich Maria Remarque
– Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front)

T.R. Richmond
– What She Left

Jon Ronson
– The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right”

Reginald Rose
– Twelve Angry Men

Joseph Roth
– Unter dem Bülowbogen: Prosa zur Zeit (roughly equivalent with the English language collection What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933)

Philip Roth
– The Plot Against America

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
– Les Confessions
– Du Contrat social
– Discours sur l’origine et les fondements de l’inégalité parmi les hommes (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality)
– Émile, ou, de l’éducation
– Les Reveries Du Promeneur Solitaire (Reveries of the Solitary Walker)

Salman Rushdie
– East, West
– Home
– Shame
– Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
– Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002

Joanna Russ
– How to Suppress Women’s Writing

Carl Sagan
– Cosmos
– Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
– Le Petit Prince

Andrei Sakharov
– Memoirs

Carl Sandburg
– Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

Dorothy L. Sayers
– Are Women Human?

Barry Scheck, Jim Dwyer, Peter Neufeld
– Actual Innocence

Friedrich von Schiller
– Don Carlos

Bernhard Schlink
– Der Vorleser (The Reader)

Helmut Schmidt
– Sechs Reden (Six Speeches)

Inge Scholl
– Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose)

Erwin Schrödinger
– ‘Nature and the Greeks’ and ‘Science and Humanism’

Tom Schulman
– Dead Poets Society

A. Brad Schwartz
– Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

Seneca
– Letters from a Stoic

Julia Serano
– Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

William Shakespeare
– Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power
– Uneasy Lies The Head: William Shakespeare on Power
– The Merchant of Venice
… but really: The Complete Works

Kamila Shamsie
– Home Fire

George Bernard Shaw
– Saint Joan

William L. Shirer
– The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Peter Singer
– Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
– The Life You Can Save: How to Play Your Part in Ending World Poverty
– Practical Ethics

Adam Smith
– An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations

Zadie Smith
– Feel Free: Essays

Timothy Snyder
– On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons form the Twentieth Century

Takuan Soho
– The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
– The Gulag Archipelago
– The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005

Sophocles
– Antigone

Norman Spinrad
– Bug Jack Barron

Ron Stallworth
– Black Klansman

John Steinbeck
– The Grapes of Wrath
– The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath

Gloria Steinem
– Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender

Joseph E. Stiglitz
– Globalization and Its Discontents

Harriet Beecher Stowe
– Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Barry Strauss
– The Spartacus War

Susan Stryker
– Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution

Rachel Swaby
– Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Natasha Tarpley
– I Love My Hair!

Janne Teller
– Krieg: Stell dir vor, er wäre hier (War)

Sheri S. Tepper
– Six Moon Dance

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
– Petals of Blood

Angie Thomas
– The Hate U Give

Henry David Thoreau
– Civil Disobedience
– Walden

Alexis de Tocqueville
– Democracy in America

J.R.R. Tolkien
– The Lord of the Rings

Robert Tressel
– The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Chogyam Trungpa
– Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

Sojourner Truth
– The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Barbara W. Tuchman
– The Guns of August
– The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Kurt Tucholsky
– Das Tucholsky Lesebuch (The Tucholsky Reader)
– Tucholsky in Berlin: Gesammelte Feuilletons 1912-1930 (Collected Feature Articles)

Desmond Tutu
– No Future Without Forgiveness

Mark Twain
– Mark Twain’s Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

Lao Tzu
– Tao Te Ching

Sun Tzu
– The Art of War

Morihei Ueshiba
– The Art of Peace

United Nations
– Charter of the United Nations
– Statute of the International Court of Justice
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Walter Van Tilburg Clark
– The Ox-Bow Incident

Mario Vargas Llosa
– Conversación en la Catedral
– Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society
– La fiesta del chivo
– Making Waves

Vassillis Vassilikos
– Z

Timur Vermes
– Er ist wieder da (Look Who’s Back)

Voltaire
– Candide

Michael Walzer
– Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

George Washington
Farewell Address
– Writings

George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, and others, John H. Rhodehamel (ed.)
– American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglas, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gregory Suriano (ed.)
– Great American Speeches

George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Lee, Daniel Webster, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chief Joseph, Grover Cleveland, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, John F. and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Betty Friedan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and others, Ted Widmer (ed.)
– American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama (2 volumes)

George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, Clarence Darrow, Emmeline Pankhurst, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George S Patton, Stalin, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, and others, Simon Sebag Montefiore (ed.)
– Speeches That Changed the World

Edward J. Watts
– Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Richard von Weizsäcker
– Vier Zeiten: Erinnerungen
– Im Gespräch mit Ulrich Wickert: In der Freiheit bestehen

Theodore H. White
– Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon

Oscar Wilde
– The Decay of Lying: And other Essays

Paul R. Williams
– Peace with Justice?: War Crimes and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia

Michael Wolff
– Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Mary Wollstonecraft
– A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Virginia Woolf
– Liberty
– A Room of One’s Own
– Street Haunting and Other Essays
– The Waves

Jonathan Wright
– Gustav Stresemann: Weimar’s Greatest Statesman

Richard Wright
– Black Boy
– Native Son
– Injustice

Robert Wright
– The Moral Animal

Muhammad Yunus
– Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Fareed Zakaria
– In Defense of a Liberal Education

Yevgeny Zamyatin
– We

Gerhard Zeillinger
– Überleben: Der Gürtel des Walter Fantl

Howard Zinn
– Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology
– A History of the American Empire
– A People’s History of the United States
– A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
– The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

Émile Zola
– J’accuse

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