Recommended Books about Philosophy, Politics & Life

Books I recommend. A list of books that have changed my perspective.

Strauss & Howe — The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy

You do not have to accept the premise of the book to get a deep and interesting view into American history and culture. Seeing the two authors laying out the patterns in the changing mindsets morals and feelings of several generations. The book has given me a new perspective on the America.

Anonymous Conservative — The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans

If you ever wondered why democrats seem to be smart but have positions that make no sense to a conservative: this book presents a convincing theory to explain why. A book so controversial and politically incorrect that the author chose to stay anonymous.

Charles Murray & Richard J. Herrnstein — Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (A Free Press Paperbacks Book)

As relevant today as when it was published in 1994. Only few authors with high reputation were brave enough to publish a book about this controversial topic. Intelligence and IQ influence our lives more than politically correct politicians and media personalities want to admit. This book takes an unbiased open look at the apparent rift between what idealistic humans want reality to be like (myself included) and the reality of scientific facts.

Ashlee Vance — Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

The author conducted several interviews with Elon Musk and covers the work of him in detail.

Stefan Molyneux — Real-Time Relationships: The Logic of Love

A guidebook on how to communicate openly within a relationship to create deeper mutual understanding thus creating a deeper bond.

The communication & relationship gets improved through being vulnerable and expressing your feelings even if and especially if you don’t know why you have certain feelings at the beginning of a conversation.

On a bigger picture this book encourages the reader to open up his/her heart in a relationship.


Ayn Rand — Atlas Shrugged

This 1957 novel has become a classic for objectivists and libertarians. Reading it helps to understand where libertarians come from intellectually.

The main characters of the book are businessmen and businesswomen living in a fictional, slightly futuristic USA in which a socialist government slowly drains the entrepreneurial spirit and prosperity of the country. There are multiple parallels to the real USA of today so that even after 60 years the book remains relevant.