Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
This book changed my life when I read it at 19. It convinced me that reason, honesty, rational self interest, freedom and capitalism are all good things. On a political level, it absolutely destroys the ethics and rationale behind socialism. On a personal level, it (implicitly) advocates industriousness, productivity, independent thinking, success, etc. It is a MUST read for all people.
God Willing: My Wild Ride with the New Iraqi Army by Captain Eric Navarro
This book is about Captain Eric Navarro’s experience with his assignment to train the Iraqi army. It is not politically correct but he describes just how backwards the army was. It is very eye opening but at the same time very entertaining as it is non-fiction but reads like fiction since it is about his story.
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
This book was very informative for me. It describes Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac’s exact role in mortgages; all the different bailouts and laws, etc. It gives a devastating blow to big government’s role in the recent mortgage crisis. It argues that the head of the problem is the Federal Reserve, which has the power to simply generate money, allowing for cheap credit, which interferes greatly with market forces. Today the problem was the mortgage crisis but tomorrow it will be something else as long as the Federal Reserve and the government have the ability to wildly and arbitrarily affect our financial system.