Culture matters. How we see the world, our reactions to it are deeply, heavily influenced by our cultural understanding. Just as the Churches do not leave all the good songs to the devil it is equally important for conservatives and supporters of the free market not to ignore the cultural backdrop of our times.

This page is about great works of fiction and non-fiction that inform the mind and lift the soul. Some of these books are available on the web, links will be provided to those that exist in a readable format online. Any library should have or be able to find these books. Do you have suggestions to share with us? What do you think of our selection?

These are just the bare-bone lists: you can see the full essays at Starter List & Films for Burkeans

Starter List

Henry Hazlitt Economics in One Lesson.

A Beginners Guide to Liberty

Frederick Bastiat The Law

The Clichés of Socialism

F. A. Hayek’sThe Road to Serfdom

Ludwig Von Mies. Planned Chaos

C Northcote Parkinson Parkinson’s Law

D. R. Myddletton They Meant Well,
Government Project Disasters

George Orwell Animal Farm, 1984

Aldous Huxley Brave new World

Yevgeny Zamyatin We

Ayn Rand Anthem

C.S. Lewis The Magician’s Nephew &
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit & The Lord of The Rings

Robert Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Leopold Schwartzschild Karl Marx,The Red Prussian

H.B. Acton What Marx Really Said

Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto

Robert Conquest Lenin

Alan Bullock Hitler, A Study in Tyranny

Albert Speer Inside The Third Reich

Anne Frank The Diaries of Anne Frank

Giovanni Guareschi The Little World of Don Camillo

William F. Buckley God and Man at Yale

William F. Buckley Up From Liberalism

William F. Buckley The Unmaking of a Mayor

Films for Burkeans

Étre et Avoir

Sleeping Furiously

The Glory of My Father

My Mother’s Castle

The Choir

The Straight Story


The Lord of The Rings

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Chariots of Fire

Gone With The Wind

The Leopard

All Quiet On The Western Front

Gods and Generals

We Were Soldiers

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Mrs Miniver

The Gospel According To Matthew

The Passion of Christ

Irish Interest

Cecil Woodham Smith The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849

Joseph Lee Ireland, 1912-1985: politics and society

The making of Modern Ireland. 1603. J C Beckett

Ireland since the famine. F S L Lyons

Early Medieval Ireland. Daibhi O Croinin

1912-1985. Politics and Society. J J Lee

Black 47 and Beyond. The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy and Memory. Cormac O Grada

The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000. Diarmaid Ferriter

Preventing the Future: why was Ireland so poor for so long?  Tom Garvin

Party and parish pump: electoral politics in Ireland. R K Carty

A Preliminary Report on the Sources of Ireland’s Banking Crisis. Klaus Regling and Max Watson