Red Maryland Last Second Gift-Giving Guide

Christmas is nine days away and if you’re looking for presents, well you still have time. You can certainly never go wrong with some of the fine Red Maryland products available at theRed Maryland Zazzle store, such a t-shirts and drinkware with the Red Maryland logo or our #WellRunState hashtag.

However when it comes to becoming educated on conservatism and Maryland, books are a very effective way to show somebody that you care enough about them and our state and country to arm them with the necessary knowledge and motivation to get involved in the community. So here are some books that I would recommend as great stocking stuffers (and by clicking on the links below, you can buy them through our Red Maryland affiliate program so that we get a portion of the proceeds to upgrade our broadcast equipment!)

  • The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater: The gold standard of conservatism philosophy and thought, Sen. Goldwater’s book stands up over 50 years after it was published.
  • Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change by Jonah Goldberg: A favorite of Mark Newgent, Goldberg brings to light the overlap between fascism and modern progressivism.
  • The End is Near and It’s Gonna Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin Williamson: Williamson’s general thesis is we have too much government in our lives and that things will be better as a nation one many government functions are outsourced to private industry.
  • 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell: Two great Orwell classics sold together; giving us a look both into Soviet Russia’s dark past, and Orwell’s vision for a dystopian future.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Bradbury’s timeless book shows the danger of the censorship of writing and the censorship of ideas
  • The Right Moment by Matthew Dallek: A look into Ronald Reagan’s first campaign, his 1966 run for Governor of California, and it’s long-lasting impact on the conservative movement.
  • Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance by Herbert C. Smith and John Willis: In order to understand where Maryland is, we have to understand how we got here; also, Dr. Smith was my undergraduate adviser at Western Maryland College.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and The Selfhood of the Human Person by John F. Crosby: the two most important books I have read as it relates to issues of life. Frankl writes about his time as a concentration camp prisoner; Crosby writes about the uniqueness and individuality of each of us from a philosophical perspective.
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu: The Art of War translates far beyond combat on the battlefield; it has many applications to modern political campaigns and strategies.
  • The Cynics Dictionary by Rick Bayan: If you’re a Republican in Maryland and have seen the nonsense the Democrats have pulled over the years, you’d be a cynic too….

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