The Federalist Papers. Elaborated upon the essential elements of the newly drafted federal Constitution, and demonstrated the intent of the Framers.
Thomas Jefferson, A Summary of the Rights of British America. Written when Jefferson was but 31 years of age, this pamphlet propelled Jefferson to fame and established him as a thought leader in the time of the Revolution. Lamenting the abuses of British power in Colonial America, Jefferson argued for a return to the core values of Anglo-American culture.
The Declaration of Independence. A litany of abuses by the government and a vindication of the natural right to secession in the face of tyranny.
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. The quintessential text of liberalism, influencing both classical and modern liberal thought.
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government. Another seminal work in liberal political philosophy, this text formed the foundation of American society by asserting the protection of property rights as an essential function of government to protect individual liberty.
Leo Strauss, History of Political Philosophy. A massive tome, this monumental work provides a sound understanding of the works of our greatest political thinkers.
William A. Henry III, In Defense of Elitism. Written by a committed Democrat, this book promotes the radical notion that America is a society based on merit and that individuals have a responsibility of civic engagement.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The story of a civil rights leader who championed action by the people, rather than petition of the government.
Manuel Roig-Franzia, The Rise of Marco Rubio. Written by a South Florida journalist, this biography unveils the corruption and rapid ascent of one of Florida’s most popular politicians, for whose seat Invictus happens to be running.
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents. An uncharacteristic work of political philosophy, Freud here asserts that civilization itself is the cause of the individual's distress by requiring suppression of our natural instincts.
Roger MacBride, A New Dawn for America: the Libertarian Challenge. Written by a former Libertarian candidate for the presidency, this short book expounds upon the Libertarian Party platform and is as true today as it was when it was written in 1976.
Wes Benedict, Introduction to the Libertarian Party. The central thesis to this text, written by the executive director of the Libertarian Party is, "don't hit people and don't take their stuff." Benedict here notes that the Non-Aggression Principle cherished by Libertarians is founded upon the property rights championed by John Locke.
Tom Palmer, Why Liberty. A collection of student essays on Libertarianism, this compendium is an introductory text for those who wish to gain an understanding of the Libertarian Party platform.
James C. Clark, A Concise History of Florida. Spanning from the earliest American Indian inhabitants of the Lake Apopka area to the present day, Prof. Clark of UCF presents a detailed account of our State's rich history.
Gordon S. Wood, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founding Fathers Different. Argues that the character of a leader was an essential consideration in the Golden Age of American politics.
Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. Expounds upon the divisions of the American people between those trying to revive the monarchy and those dedicated to republican democracy.
Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America. A scathing account of Latin America's exploitation by Western powers, from conquest through colonialsim and into modern times.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., The Path of the Law and The Common Law. Written by America's most beloved Supreme Court Justice, these texts are fundamental to the understanding of modern jurisprudence.
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. The classical text in liberal economics.
William Greider, Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country. Describes the inner workings of the Federal Reserve, a private bank which has usurped the power of the government to direct monetary policy.
Bill McKibben, American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau. A collection of essays and stories by various American environmentalists, these vignettes range from scholarly discourses of ecological theory to fervent indictments of rabid consumerism.
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring. An influential text on the harmony of nature and human society that initiated the modern environmentalist movement.
D.C.A. Hillman, Ph.D., The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization. Elucidates the history of drug use in ancient times by referencing classical texts.
Thomas Szasz, Our Right to Drugs: The Case For a Free Market. Argues that Americans have a property right to possess drugs under the Constitution.
Thucydides, The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. Uncovers the true motives of politicians and the true ends of political action; this is the quintessential text in political realism.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War. A classical text on warfare, this treatise is applicable to all areas of the human experience, including politics.
Carl von Clausewitz, On War. Written by an officer in the Prussian Army during the Napoleonic Wars, this text is at the heart of American military policy.
Stephen L. Melton, The Clausewitz Delusion: How the American Army Screwed Up the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Demonstrates the folly of our military's uncritical reliance on Clausewitz.
Alfred Thayer Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Argues for a strong naval force by demonstrating the historical importance of sea power in foreign policy.
Carl Schmitt, The Nomos of the Earth. A treatise on legal philosophy rooted in ancient concepts of space, aimed at developing a deeper understanding of modern international law and its future.
John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. An exposé on the influence of Zionism on American foreign policy.
Stephen Roach, Politicizing the International Criminal Court. Written by one of Invictus' former professors, this book argues against allowing politics to direct outcomes in international courts.
Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law. Basic treatise outlining the fundamental precepts and concepts of international law.
F.J.P. Veale, Advance to Barbarism. Objects to the trends within modern international criminal law as being nothing more than victors' justice, which the author finds barbaric.
George Kennan, American Diplomacy. Kennan's most important work, arguing for the primacy of diplomacy over unnecessary warfare.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath. The story of Tom Joad, who found upon his release from prison that his entire community had been dispossessed by the banks. A compelling tale of heroism in the face of greed and callousness.
Daniel Quinn, Ishmael. A dialogue with a talking gorilla about the dangers of civilization's overgrowth and the shortsightedness of mass consumption.
W.H. Auden, The Prolific and the Devourer. Here the great poet draws a distinction between the artist and the politician, arguing that that the artist works to create and the politician only to destroy.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
The Tragedies and Histories of William Shakespeare. An exploration of the depths of the human soul and the labyrinthine methods by which men and women seek power.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess. A work of poetic criticism heralding the renaissance of ancient virtue.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. A journey through Middle-Earth in which the virtues of nobility, grace, bravery, and heroism are extolled by Elves and Hobbits alike.
Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers. A military science fiction novel written by a naval officer and professor, this classic book illustrates the warrior's virtues of honor, courage, and commitment.
Thor Heyerdahl, The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas. A story of danger and triumph, Kon-Tiki is the journey of an explorer proving by primitive will alone that the established academic community doesn't know everything.
The Bhagavad Gita. A dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the Hindu god Krishna on the necessity of living one's destiny.
Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey. The central epic of Western civilization, instructive in the human experience spiritually, politically, existentially.
Virgil, The Aeneid. Written under the reign of Augustus, this ancient classic exalts Rome as the heir of Troy through the life of the hero Aeneas, who fled the destruction of Troy to find freedom in a new land.
Patrick Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic. A primer on the rigors of philosophical discourse.
Plato, The Republic. Established the notion that government is of the people, for the people, and by the people.
Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics. Promotes eudaimonia as the central tenet of ethics.
Roger Crisp and Michael Slote, Virtue Ethics. Discusses the most relevant branch of ethical philosophy, living virtuously.
Friedrich Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The tale of a mad prophet, espousing the virtues of self-overcoming, individual thought, and barbaric vitality.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching. The classical text of Taoism, advising that the greatest ruler is one who does not rule.
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