I’ve always been a reader interested in politics and history. Our political views so inform our conception of ourselves, it is hard to change our minds about the way we view the world. I changed my mind about liberalism and conservatism while I was a college student. I’ve continued to study and try to deepen my understanding, but these books set me on a path that made me change my mind, in roughly this order:
1. Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (thank you, Professor Hart).
2. C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man.
3. Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History.
4. Harry Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (thank you, Professor Trafton).
5. Robert Conquest, The Great Terror.
6. Leo Strauss, On Tyranny.
How about you?