I intend to continue updating this list, as it contains the books which influence my outlook and methods.  I expect it will grow way too long quite quickly.  I’ll try to keep it fairly organized, at least.


  • Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century by Cathy N. Davidson
  • Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • Market Education: The Unknown History  by Andrew J. Coulson
  • The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
  • Education: Free and Compulsory by Murray N. Rothbard

Psychology (or Understanding People and general “Headology,” if you read Pratchett)

  • Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay
  • The Lucifer Effect by Philip G. Zimbardo
  • Understanding Other People by Beverly D. Flaxington
  • Just Listen by Mark Goulston
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne


  • FDR’s Folly by Jim Powell
  • The Real Lincoln by Tom DiLorenzo

I’m a big believer in the educational value of Fiction, as well as the simple enjoyment, so:


  • The Ring of Fire Series and the associated Grantville Gazette Series by Eric Flint and many others
  • The Paksenarrion Series by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
  • The General Series by David Drake and S. M. Stirling
  • The Garret, P.I. Files by Glen Cook
  • The Regiment Series by John Dalmas
  • The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (one of my favorite male characters, written by a woman)
  • The Honor Harrington Series by David Weber (one of my favorite female characters, written by a man)
  • The Troy Rising Series by John Ringo
  • The Belisarius Saga by David Drake and Eric Flint
  • Pretty much any of the many Alternate History series and individual novels by Harry Turtledove, including The Videssos Cycle (based on Byzantine History), the series which begins with an alternate Civil War in How Few Remain and continues thru alternate WWI and WWII in North America, Guns of the South (another alternate Civil War), and many more
  • Anything by Rudyard Kipling, but especially his poetry
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • Wasp by Eric Frank Russell (anything you can find by Russell, actually–if nothing else “And then there were none