Mark Pellegrino Book Recommendations

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. By Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff.

Worth the read


Cynical Theories: How Universities Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity – And Why this Harms Everybody.

Cynical Theories by James Lindsay


Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Michael Shellenberger.

A must read for anyone who cares about human flourishing and a healthy world.


America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It.
C. Bradley Thompson.

a great overview of the contradiction of the founding principles with the evil of slavery


Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. Leonard Peikoff.


Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. Ayn Rand.


The Virtue of Selfishness. Ayn Rand.

The greatest book on ethics ever written. Read it if you dare


How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation. Harry Binswanger.

For all who dare to know, I recommend this amazing book.’


Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist. Tara Smith.

I’d read On The Objectivist Ethics and then Tara Smith’s book on normative ethics which is a very detailed study elaboration.’


The Fire in the Flint. Walter White.


Paris. Edward Rutherfurd.

I do recommend them both [Paris, New York]. I liked Paris better


New York. Edward Rutherfurd.


Discovery of Freedom. Rose Wilder Lane.


Housing Boom and Bust. Thomas Sowell.

for a treatment of the 08 crash


The Theory of Money & Credit. Ludwig von Mises.

for full histories read: Selgin, Menger, Mises (theory of money and credit), Hoppe, Rothbard. Salzman.


The Count of Monte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas.

Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest books EVER.


Capitalist Solutions. Andrew Bernstein.

Andrew Bernstein wrote a great book called ‘Capitalist Solutions’ that deals (in part) with free market solutions to pollution


A Very Private Woman Paperback. Nina Burleigh.

I recommend a book called A Very Private Woman.. the movie is an imaginative take on the mystery of the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer.


David & Goliath: The explosive inside story of media bias in the Mideast conflict. Shraga Simmons.

a great book on the crazy, biased reporting on Israel: David and Goliath by Shraga Simmons


The Forgotten Man. Amity Shlaes.

Try ‘The Forgotten Man’ to start. Look up any lecture from a prof at the Mises Institute for tons of lectures on [the New Deal]’


A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. William B Irvine.

some of the techniques in the book can help you with emotionally understanding what you can and can’t control. That can help you forgive yourself for what you can’t control and be fully present for what you can.’


Capitalism: a Treatise on Economics. George Reisman.

I recommended several books to you […] I’ll add some more: read some @GGReisman


The Myth of the Robber Barrons. Burton Folsom.

I’ve already recommended books by Rothbard, Julian Simon, and Von Mises, But I’ll recommend another by Burton Folsom: The Myth of the Robber Barrons.


When Nietzsche Wept. Irvin D. Yalom.

He was a bundle of contradictions… read: When Nietzsche Wept. Great book.


The Screwtape Letters. CS Lewis.

Remember always the Law of Undulation (The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis). I recommend this book to anyone going through hard times.


Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.

The next book you should read by RJ Rummel ‘Death by Government




Go Tell it on the Mountain. James Baldwin.

‘My newest book rec’




Discrimination and Disparities. Thomas Sowell.

Also, Discrimination and Disparities.



Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique. William Esper and Damon DiMarco.

read both of William Esper’s books on the Meisner technique’


The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique. William Esper and Damon DiMarco.

read both of William Esper’s books on the Meisner technique’


A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Melissa Bruder.

read The Practical Handbook For The Actor



Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush. Thomas E. Woods.

for a look at just how far fed gov power over our lives has grown


Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. Robert Zubrin.

The Merchants Of Despair is Also very good.



The Economics and Politics of Race: An International Perspective. Thomas Sowell.

get The Politics and Economics of Race by Thomas Sowell to start.


In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World. Tom Holland.

I also recommend In The Shadow Of The Sword.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. Malcolm Gladwell.

David and Goliath should be required reading anyway. Great book





Basic Economics. Thomas Sowell.


What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Elan Journo.


12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Paperback. Jordan B. Peterson.

Take care. Also read @jordanbpeterson book 12 Rules for Life.


Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality. Don Watkins and Yaron Brook.

Income inequality is a natural consequence of unequal talents and energies creating values.


More Guns Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. John R. Lott Jr.

before you hate me for the reference, read it.’


Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-baked Theories Don’t. John R. Lott.

This should be REQUIRED reading for anyone who VOTES.


Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System. Tara Smith.

It will change your life.



The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor. Larry Moss.

I also like Larry Moss’s Intent To Live.



Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. Elan Journo.

A great book


Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom. Andrew P. Napolitano.

andrew napolitano wrote a pretty good book about it called Theodore and Woodrow.


Taxation and Anarchism: A Discussion Paperback. Auberon Herbert and Joseph Hiam Levy.

an interesting debate between two individualists




The Crisis, Common Sense, The Age of Reason. Thomas Paine.

Time for a Thomas Paine revival


The Dark Side of Camelot Paperback. Seymour Hersh

Jacks whole image was a fraud


That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen: An Economic Essay. Frédéric Bastiat.




Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. Gordon S. Wood.