“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” — Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.
In this vein, I offer — not the list of books I have most repeatedly read- but some of the books I found most enlightening.
Follow My Leader — James B. Garfield
Two Wheeled Thunder — William Campbell Gault
Citizen of the Galaxy — Robert A. Heinlein
Galactic Medal of Honor — Mack Reynolds
1984 — George Orwell
Foundation series — Issac Asimov
I-Robot, R. Daneel Olivaw series [The Caves of Steel,…] — Isaac Asimov
BOLO series — Keith Laumer
Childe Cycle (Dorsai) [The Genetic General,..] — Gordon R. Dickson
The Forever War — Joe Halderman
Starship Troopers [NOT the movie]— Robert A. Heinlein
The Faded Sun series[The Faded Sun: Kutath,…] — C. J. Cherryh
Chanur series [The Pride of Chanur,…] — C. J. Cherryh
Dragonsbane — Barbara Hambly
Riftwar series [Magician: Apprentice,…] — Raymond E. Feist
To name 15 of many.