Included here are books I believe to be of the greatest practical value for increasing your personal power. Included are also books on education and other relevant subjects.
Addeo, Edmond G. & Burger, Robert E.: EgoSpeak: Why No One Listens to You (Bantam Books, NY; 1978).
Classification of different types of "Speak," for example, "JobSpeak," "BabySpeak," etc. How to improve your communication ability.
Aguayo, Rafael: Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality (Carol Publishing, NY; 1990)
Comprehensive introduction to Deming's management philosophy and practice. The Deming management philosophy contains some of the most advanced management principles I have come across.
Alinsky, Saul D.: Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (Random House, NY; 1972).
Practical, down-to-earth advice for radicals wanting to organize movements. Recommended.
Arden, Lynie: The Work-At-Home Sourcebook (Live Oak Publications, PO Box 2193, Boulder, CO 80306; Fourth Edition; 1992).
Already, 40 million Americans work at home. This number is growing by almost 20% per year. Eventually, as much as three-quarters of the work done in the U.S. could be done at home. This book constitutes a comprehensive resource guide for home-based work and business opportunities.
Barker, Joel Arthur: Future Edge: Discovering the New Paradigms of Success (William Morrow, NY; 1992).
FAI is attempting to bring about a paradigm shift - "a change to a new game. a new set of rules" - our "Principles for Civilization." Barker provides the dynamics of how such paradigm shifts occur. Who instigates such paradigm shifts? How do they do it? What are the roles of leaders and managers related to paradigm shifts? Highly recommended.
Beck, Aaron T., M.D.: Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (New American Libreary, NY; 1976).
How to get control of your emotions. Highly recommended.
Blumenfeld, Samuel L.: Is Public Education Necessary? (The Paradigm Company, Boise, ID.; 1989).
History of U.S. education. Important for understanding how we got into our educational mess.
Boétie, Étienne de la: The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (Free Life Editions, 41 Union Square, NY, NY 10003; 1975 - first published in 1562).
De la Boétie was a friend of the famous Montaigne. De la Boétie can be regarded as the "father of civil disobedience." He had a profound influence on Tolstoy, Gandhi, and other non-violent freedom-fighters. 430 years after its writing, his Discourse is still the most advanced political essay I know of.
Bork, Robert H.: The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1990).
Supreme Court Justice Bork argues that the Constitution should be applied as our Founding Fathers intended it to be applied.
Brauer, Alan P. & Donna: ESO*: How You and Your Lover Can Give Each Other Hours of *Extended Sexual Orgasm (Warner Books, NY; 1983).
Excellent how-to manual.
Broad, William & Wade, Nicholas: Betrayers of Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1982).
Corruption in science. Includes the Semmelweis story.
Brothers, Dr. Joyce: The Brothers System for Liberated Love and Marriage (Avon Books, NY; 1972).
Useful guidance for managing a successful relationship.
Brothers, Dr. Joyce: How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life (Random House, NY; 1978).
Superb advice and skills for increasing your personal power. A range of psychological principles you can apply.
Brown, Barbara, B.: Supermind: The Ultimate Energy (Harper & Row, NY; 1980).
Wake up the power of your mind.
Browne, Harry: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World (Avon Books, NY; 1973).
By far the best book on practical freedom I know of. Had a profound influence on my life. Has helped me live free in Africa, Europe, and America.
Buscaglia, Leo: Love (Ballantine Books, NY; 1972)
A loving analysis of love.
Canetti, Elias: Crowds and Power (Penguin Books, England; 1973).
Classic on the dynamics of crowd behavior. Important analysis of obedience and commands and their consequences. Highly recommended.
Clance, Dr. Pauline Rose: The Impostor Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear that Haunts Your Success (Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA; 1985).
Important for anyone who feels he or she is an impostor when successful.
Comfort, Alex: Authority and Delinquency: A Study in the Psychology of Power (Sphere Books, London;1970).
"The government of a modern industrial state, backed by
the police, army, the media of communication, wields powers
undreamed of one hundred years ago.
The abuse of these powers by political opportunists, gangsters, psychopaths and authoritarian cliques pose a far more serious threat to society than the ordinary criminal."
Cooper, Dr. Morton: Change Your Voice Change Your Life (Harper & Rowe, NY; 1985).
Practical exercises for improving your voice. Highly recommended.
Craig, James H. & Marguerite: Synergic Power: Beyond Domination and Permissiveness ( Proactive Press, P.O. Box 296, Berkeley, CA 94701; 1979).
One of the most important books on humane power, as opposed to coercive power. Highly recommended.
Cutler Anne & McShane, Rudolph: The Trachtenburg Speed System of Basic Mathematics (Pan Books, London; 1962).
How to do complex arithmetic in your head. Developed by Jakow Trachtenberg in Nazi concentration camps. A superb example of how a man, through the the power of his choices not only survived but designed vastly more efficient ways for addition, multiplication, division, etc. than those commonly used.
Davidson, James Dale: The Squeeze (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1980).
The Chairman of the National Taxpayers Union writes:
A brilliant and insightful analysis of the U.S. economy.
Dowling Colette: The Cindarella Complex: Women's Fear of Independence (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1981).
For women to understand and overcome their dependence on men. For men to understand how the same principles apply to their dependence on big-daddy government. Highly recommended.
Drexler, K. Eric: Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Press, NY; 1986).
"Nanotechnology" is the science and engineering of the very small - the domain of machines that manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic levels. Profound implications for knowledge, communication, computing, engineering, health, longevity, and even biological or physical immortality.
Duck, Steve: Friends, for Life: The Psychology of Close Relationships (The Harvester Press, Brighton, England; 1983).
A practical methodology for establishing and managing relationships, based on scientific research.
Dyer, Dr. Wayne, W.: Your Erroneous Zones (Sphere Books, London; 1977).
Excellent advice on improving the power of your choices. Dyer: "You are the sum total of your choices." Highly recommended.
Eisen, Jeffrey, Ph.D.: Powertalk!: How to Speak It, Think It, and Use It (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1984).
Increasing your power through the way you talk. Recommended.
Elgin, Suzette Haden: The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense (Prentice-Hall, NJ; 1980).
Strategies and tactics for defending yourself against verbal attacks. Highly recommended.
Emery, Stewart: Actualizations: You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself (Doubleday, NY; 1978).
Excellent how-to-manual for managing a wide range of relationships. Highly recommneded.
Emery, Stewart: The Owner's Manual for Your Life: The Book You Should Have Gotten at Birth but Didn't (Doubleday, NY; 1982).
An outstanding book about fear, power, and love.
Erikson, Erik H.: Gandhi's Truth: On the Origince of Militant Nonviolence (Norton, NY; 1969).
A penetrating analysis and biography of Mohandas Gandhi.
Fast, Julius: The Incompatibility of Men and Women: And How to Overcome It (Evans and Company, NY; 1971).
Psychological differences between men and women. Fantasy exercises for resolving the differences.
Fast, Julius & Bernstein, Meredith: Sexual Chemistry: What it Is, How to Use It (Arrow Books, London; 1984).
The sexual chemistry that attracts and binds people together.
Fensterheim, Herbert, Ph.D. & Jean Baer: Stop Running Scared! Fear Control Training: The New Way to Conquer Fears, Phobias and Anxieties (Dell Publishing, NY; 1977).
Comprehensive analysis of fear. How to overcome specific fears.
Fleet, James K. Van: Miracle People Power (Parker Publishing, NY; 1975).
"When you know and understand the innermost needs and desires that motivate people to do what they do, when you make every effort to help them fulfill those needs and desires, you'll gain miracle power with people that seems to work just like magic for you." Highly recommended.
Freeman, Dr. Arthur & DeWolf, Rose: The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make and How to Avoid Them (Harper Collins, NY; 1992).
Excellernt identification of types of mistakes many of us make. Can increase your power. Recommended.
Fromm, Erich: On Disobedience and Other Essays (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London;1984).
Why disobedience is a virtue and obedience is evil.
Gabor, Andrea: The Man Who Discovered Quality (Penguin, NY; 1990).
The management philosophy of W. Edwards Deming, the main inspiration behind the quality revolution in Japan. How Deming's principles were implemented in major U.S. corporations such as Ford, Xerox, and GM.
Gillies, Jerry: Friends: The Power and Potential of the Company You Keep (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, NY; 1976).
Superb how-to manual for handling friendships. Highly recommended.
Gillies, Jerry: Moneylove: How to Get the Money You Deserve for Whatever You Want (Warner Books, NY; 1978).
"Wealth is attracted to the person who is emotionally and intellectually ready to accept it, expect it, and enjoy it. Poverty consciousness will overwhelm you if you don't have a personal program for prosperity."
Glass, Lillian, Ph.D.: Talk to Win: Six Steps to a Successful Vocal Image (Putnam Publishing, NY; 1987).
Emphasizes the importance of effective voice. Exercises for improving vocal image. Highly recommended.
Glasser, William, M.D.: Control Theory:A New Explanation of How We Control Our Lives (Harper & Rowe, NY; 1985).
Control and power are closely related. A very important book for increasing personal control, hence personal power. Highly recommended.
Glasser, William, M.D.: Positive Addiction (Harper & Rowe, NY; 1985).
One of the best starting books for increasing personal power. Highly recommended.
Goodman, Paul: Compulsory Miseducation (Penguin Books, England; 1971).
Argues that the idea that formal education is necessary is a mass superstition. Also the author of Growing Up Absurd.
Haag, Ernest van den: Punishing Criminals: Concerning a Very Old and Painful Question (Basic Books, NY; 1985).
Analysis of crime and punishment.
Hagberg, Janet O.: Real Power:The Stages of Personal Power in Organizations (Winston Press, MN; 1984).
Important formulas for acquiring and increasing power. Highly recommended.
Hainstock, Elizabeth G.: The Essential Montessori (New American Library, NY; 1978).
Introduction to Montessori's ideas on education. Resource directory,
Hapgood, David: The Screwing of the Average Man (Bantam Books, NY; 1974).
A brilliant, detailed analysis of how we get screwed by
government, bankers, stock- and insurance brokers, lawyers, and
"The average man has of course always been a loser, at least since the invention of agriculture made it profitable for one person to exploit another... Sometime in the late sixties, the average man's domestic economy stalled... In 1974 a group of congressmen led by John McFall of California estimated that wealth was being transferred to the richest one fifth of the population from those below them at the rate of $10 billion a year... This divine right of hustlers flourished from the earliest days in America... "
Hawken, Paul: Growing a Business (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1987).
While in his twenties, Hawken started Erewhon, which became the largest distributor of natural foods. Says Hawken:
Hazlitt, Henry: Economics in One Lesson (Arlington House, NY; 1979 - first published in 1946).
The classic text on economics for the lay person. Read it and you will understand more than most professional economists with their "doctorates."
Heinlein, Robert A.: Take Back Your Government!: A Practical Handbook for the Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy to Work (Baen Publishing, NY; 1992 - first published in 1946).
Contains important practical advice that can be adapted for use by Human Power Groups.
Helmstatter Shad: Choices (Pocket Books, NY; 1990).
How to improve your ability to choose. Highly recommended.
Helmstatter Shad: Finding the Fountain of Youth Inside Yourself (Pocket Books, NY; 1991).
To increase your youthfulness, vitality, and health. Highly recommended.
Helmstatter Shad: The Self-Talk Solution (Pocket Books, NY; 1988).
Important principles of personal programming. Highly recommended.
Helmstatter Shad: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself (Pocket Books, NY; 1982).
Discover your negative programs and replace them with positive programs. Highly recommended.
Holt, John: Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better (Penguin Books, England; 1976).
Important for anyone seeking to understand education and finding alternatives.
Honderich, Ted: Punishment: The Supposed Justifications (Penguin Books, England; 1976).
Comprehensive analysis of punishment theories.
Hutchison, Bruce, Ph.D.: Psycho-Logic: How to Take Charge of Your Life (Prentice-Hall, NJ; 1983).
Excellent for discovering personal illogical "psycho-logic" and replacing it with logical "counter-logic." Highly recommended.
Illich, Ivan: Deschooling Society (Penguin Books, England; 1973).
The destructiveness of compulsory state education and why schools need to be disestablished.
Jampolsky, Gerald G., M.D.: Love Is Letting Go of Fear (Celestial Arts, CA; 1979).
A simple, down-to-earth manual for increasing your ability to love.
Jampolsky, Gerald G., M.D.: Teach Only Love (Bantam Books, NY; 1983).
More simple, down-to-earth advice for increasing your ability to love.
Jaynes, Julian: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Houghton Mifflin, Boston; 1990 - originally published in 1976).
In my opinion, the most important book on psychology ever written. Explains where human consciousness came from, how it developed, and where it is now - why most humans still crave "external authorities."
Kawasaki, Guy: Selling The Dream: How To Promote Your Product, Company, or Ideas - and Make a Difference - Using Everyday Evangelism (Harper Collins, NY; 1991).
A former Apple Computer executive - who played a major role in the development of the Macintosh computer - explains how a vision or dream is spread through "everyday evangelism." Includes the "Macintosh Product Introduction Plan."
Keirsey, David & Bates, Marilyn: Please Understand Me: Character & Temperament Types (Prometheus Nemesis Book Co., CA; 1984).
Classifies 16 different character types. Important keys to human behavior.
Kendall, Frances: Super Parents Super Children (Delta Books, Johannesburg; 1983).
Profound advice for rearing children. Based on practical experience. Highly recommended.
Kiley, Dr. Dan: The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up (Corgi Books, London; 1983).
For men who haven't grown up and women who want to help their men grow up.
Koch, Adrienne: The Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson (Quadrangle Books, Chicago;1964).
Reveals Jefferson as a true "renaissance man." His theory of "wards" - small self-governing areas - is relevant to my idea of Human Power Groups.
Kolbe, Kathy: The Conative Connection: Uncovering the Link between Who You Are and How You Perform (Addison-Wesley Publishing, MA; 1990).
How to develop your conative mind - the part of your mind that determines what you naturally do and don't do, and how you naturally do things. The four "action modes." Crucial for placing people in the right jobs and setting realistic expectations. Highly recommended.
Kozol, Jonathan: Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools (Houghton Mifflin, Boston; 1967).
Specific details of "educational" brainwashing and mind destruction.
Kozol, Jonathan: Illiterate America (New American Library, NY; 1985).
The extent and cost of illiteracy in America. Important for anyone who wants to teach the illiterate.
Kuhn, Thomas, S.: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press, Chicago; 1970).
One of the most influential books of the century. The popularizer of the "paradigm" idea.
Lancaster, Don: The Incredible Secret Money Machine (Howard W. Sams, 4300 West 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 42268; 1980).
Unconventional advice for starting your small private
business. Provides very useful guidelines for entrepreneurs of
the new real free-enterprise economy:
"Your own trip has to be the absolute center of everything you do, everything you work with, and everything you believe in. Doing it has to be much more important to you than making money, more important than worrying about what people think, and more important than behaving, competing, or complying the way others think you should."
Lane, Rose Wilder: The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority (Arno Press & The New York Times, NY; 1972 - first published in 1943).
Must reading for anyone who wants to discover that he or she
is free. Lane wrote:
"The great majority of human beings on earth believe today that a superhuman Authority controls human beings.
Italians call this pagan god Immortal Italy. Germans call it The German Race. Communists begin to believe that History is its name; that history is not a mere record of men's acts, but a power that control's men's acts...
Experience contradicts this pagan superstition. Whatever the intangible Authority is called, it can not be seen nor felt nor smelled nor heard. When a man musters courage to act against or without its control, it does not strike him dead. It does nothing whatever."
(Of course, there are imposters or hucksters who masquerade as "Authority." And the imposters or hucksters hire agents called "police," who might shoot you if you oppose them.)
Laut, Phil: Money Is My Friend (Trinity Publications, 1636 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA 90046).
Exposes money myths. Affirmations. Inspired by Leonard Orr,
founder of "Rebirthing."
"Financial Freedom is when you never do anything that you don't want to for money and you never omit doing something that you want to do because of lack of money. Another way of describing the condition of financial freedom is that money works for you, instead of you working for money."
Lee, John Alan: Lovestyles: How to Pick the Perfect Partner (Sphere Books, England; 1978).
Classification of different styles of love.
Liedloff, Jean: The Continuum Concept (Warner Books, NY; 1977).
The most important book on child raising I know of. Highly recommended.
Lynch, Dudley & Kordis, Paul L.: Strategy of the Dolphin: Scoring a Win in a Chaotic World (William Morrow, NY; 1988).
Important business and management principles. Highly recommended.
Mann, Frederick: The Economic Rape of America: What You Can Do About It (Free America Institute,1992).
How the Federal Reserve bankers, the politicians and bureaucrats, the IRS, and members of the legal profession "rape" the American economy. The destruction of the U.S. Dollar. Inflation and hyperinflation. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The nature of taxation and government. How to protect your income and assets. How to discover and develop your freedom.
Mann, Frederick: FAI Business Plan #1 (Free America Institute, 1992).
Outlines aspects of FAI strategy and tactics. Can serve as a model for anyone who wants to start a real free-enterprise company. Essential for anyone wanting to take advantage of the opportunity of becoming an FAI Marketing Agent.
Mann, Frederick: FAI Trust Document (Free America Institute, 1992).
The FAI articles of association. Serves as a model for anyone wanting to start a public real free-enterprise company (a common law contractual company) to be listed on the Free Market Exchange.
Milgram, Stanley: Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View (Harper & Row, NY; 1974).
Must reading for appreciating the degree of obedience and the potential consequences.
Miller, Sherod, Ph.D., Wackman, Daniel, Ph.D., Nunnally, Elam, Ph.D., & Saline Carol: A New Way to Get Closer to Others by Saying What You Really Mean (New American Library, NY; 1982).
Comprehensive manual for improving communication. Highly recommended.
Mungo, Raymond: Cosmic Profit: How to Make Money Without Doing Time (Little, Brown, Boston; 1980).
"There must be, I thought, there ought to be, a different kind of profit, the kind that gives people a way to make a living doing what they enjoy, enables them to live free in their hearts. It is the rarest kind of profit, the gift of life, energy runaround, cosmic profit - the sense of being restored and excited and energized, rather than drained, by a day's work."
Nadler, Gerald & Hibino Shozo: Breakthrough Thinking: Why We Must Change The Way We Solve Problems, And The Seven Principles To Achieve This ( Prima Publishing, PO Box 1260GN, Rocklin, CA 95677; 1990).
A brilliant synthesis of the principles the most effective problem-solvers use. Why organizations - particularly governments - can't solve problems. "Individual human brainpower is the world's most valuable resource."
O'Rourke, P.J.: Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (The Atlantic Monthly Press, 19 Union Square West, NY, NY 10003; 1991).
"The American political system is like a gigantic Mexican Christmas fiesta. Each political party is a huge piñata - a papier-mâché donkey, for example. The donkey is filled with full employment, low interest rates, affordable housing, comprehensive medical benefits, a balanced budget and other goodies. The American voter is blindfolded and given a stick. The voter then swings the stick wildly in every direction, trying to hit a political candidate on the head and knock some sense into the silly bastard."
Ostrander, Sheila & Schroeder, Lynn: Superlearning (Sphere Books, London; 1981).
Accelerate your rate of learning.
Paine, Thomas: Common Sense (Penguin Books, England; 1976 - editor: Isaac Kramnick- first published in 1776).
A major influence at the time of the American revolution. Must reading for Human Power Group leaders.
Paine, Thomas: Rights of Man (Penguin Books, England; 1976 - editor: Henry Collins- first published in 1791).
Many important ideas. Important reading for Human Power Group leaders. Banned in England as "seditious libel" in 1793.
Patent, Arnold M.: You Can Have It All: The Art of Winning the Money Game and Living a Life of Joy (Money Mastery Publishing, Box 336, Piermont, NY 10968; 1984).
Powerful concepts and principles for mastering money and life in general. Inspired by Leonard Orr, founder of "Rebirthing."
Pearce, Joseph Chilton: Magical Child: Rediscovering Nature's Plan for Our Children (Bantam Books, NY; 1980).
One of the best books on raising children.
Peele, Stanton: Love and Addiction (New American Library, NY; 1975).
How to transform an unhealthy love relationship into a healthy one. Highly recommended.
Phillips, Michael: The Seven Laws of Money (Random House, NY and Word Wheel Books, Menlo Park, CA; 1974).
"My understanding of the First Law of Money [money will come when you are doing the right thing] is that a person's focus must be on his passion. He must be able to integrate who he is with what he is doing, see his project as a whole, and do his work systematically in order to legitimately expect the money to take on its secondary "helping" role."
Postman, Neil & Weingartner, Charles: Teaching as a Subversive Activity (Penguin Books, England; 1975).
Advocate that teachers perform the 'subversive' role of an "anti-bureaucracy bureaucracy." Highly recommended.
Pride, Mary: The Big Book of Home Learning - Volume One: Getting Started (Good News Publishers, Westchester, IL.; 1990).
Home Schooling Manual. Comprehensive directory of home school organizations worldwide. Index of suppliers of materials for home schooling, American and foreign.
Rand, Ayn: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (New American Library, NJ; 1967).
An immigrant from Russia explains capitalism to Americans. Includes three articles by Alan Greenspan: "Antitrust," "Gold and Economic Freedom," and "The Assault on Integrity." He has since become Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Rand, Ayn: The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolutionl (New American Library, NJ; 1971).
Contains the article on education, "The Comprachicos."
Rand, Ayn: The Virtue of Selfishness (New American Library, NJ; 1964).
"It is not a mere semantic issue nor a matter of arbitrary choice. The meaning ascribed in popular usage to the word "selfishness" is not merely wrong: it represents a devastating intellectual "package-deal," which is responsible, more than any other single factor, for the arrested moral development of mankind."
Rickenbacker, William F., Editor: The Twelve Year Sentence: Radical Views of Compulsory Schooling (Dell Publishing, NY; 1974).
Historical, legal, and political aspects of compulsory schooling. Annotated bibliography of works on educational liberty. Highly recommended.
Ries, Al & Trout, Jack: Horse Sense: The Key to Success Is Finding a Horse to Ride (McGraw-Hill, NY; 1991).
A most important "success book." According to Ries
"The purpose of this book is to shake you out of your concentration on yourself. We think you need to open your mind to the outside world. You need to search for success outside of yourself. This book will describe some of the people, places, things, and ideas where you can find it.
Losers look inside themselves for the key to success when success is all round them, needing only an open mind and a keen eye.
Winners look to others to make then successful. You have to know where to look and what to look for."
Ries, Al & Trout, Jack: Positioning: The Battle For Your Mind (Warner Books, NY; 1986 - first published in 1981).
A marketing classic. How to get your company and your product "in the mind" of your customer. Down-to-earth. Highly recommended.
Ringer, Robert J.: How You Can Find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization (Harper & Row, NY; 1983).
Explains why the gradual collapse of Western civilization continues day by day. Why hyperinflation and complete destruction of the U.S. dollar and financial system are inevitable. How to survive it all.
Ringer, Robert J.: Million Dollar Habits (Wynwood Press, NY; 1990).
A systematic formulation of Ringer's success principles.
Ringer, Robert J.: Looking Out For #1 (Fawcett Crest Books, NY; 1977).
"Dedicated to the hope that somewhere in our universe there exists a civilization whose inhabitants possess sole dominion over their own lives, where every individual has the ability to recognize and the courage to acknowledge reality, and where governments as we know them do not exist."
"Looking out for Number One is the conscious, rational effort to spend as much time as possible doing those things which bring you the greatest amount of pleasure and less time on those which cause pain. Everyone automatically makes the effort to be happy, so the key word is "rational.""
Ringer, Robert J.: Restoring the American Dream (Harper & Row, NY; 1979).
Important guide to understanding government and freedom. Chapter called "Keeping It All in Place" provides one of the most important keys to the ability of governments to maintain their destructive power.
Ringer, Robert J.: Winning Through Intimidation (Circus/Futura, London; 1978 - first published in 1973).
A very important book for learning the principles, mechanics, and dynamics of intimidation. "... [T]he results a person obtains are inversely proportiionate to the degree to which he is intimidated." The reason it is vital to understand intimidation is to make it more difficult for people to screw you.
Robbins, Anthony: Unlimited Power (Ballantine Books, NY; 1986).
Loaded with power and success principles. Highly recommended.
Rogers, David J.: Fighting to Win: Samurai Techniques for Your Work and Life (Doubleday, NY; 1984).
Important Samurai power principles. Highly recommended.
Ropp, Robert S. de: Warrior's Way: The Challenging Life Games (Dell Publishing, NY;1979).
Autobiography of a "truth seeker." Important power principles for different styles of warriors.
Rothbard, Murray N.: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto (Collier/Macmillan, NY; 1978).
Libertarianism is a synonym for capitalism or free enterprise. A well-written explanation of libertarianism in theory, history, and practice. Had a profound influence on my own thinking. Says Rothbard:
"The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the "nonaggression axiom." "Aggression" is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion."
Rothschild, Michael: Bionomics: The Inevitability of Capitalism (Henry Holt, NY; 1990).
A brilliant integration of biology and economics. Explains
from a biological viewpoint, why coercive (government)
interference with the free market can only make things worse.
"Capitalism, or the market economy, or the free-enterprise system... was not planned. Like life on earth, it did not need to be. Capitalism just happened, and it will keep on happening. Quite spontaneously. Capitalism flourishes whenever it is not suppressed, because it is a naturally occurring phenomenon. It is the way human society organizes itself for survival in a world of limited resources."
Rusk, Tom, M.D.: Mind Traps: Change Your Mind Change Your Life (Price Stern Sloan, Los Angeles; 1988).
The most important key to overcoming your "wimp" (Chapter Five). Identifies self-doubt as the root of all evil. Easy to read, understand, and apply. Highly recommended
Saussy, F. Tupper: The Miracle on Main Street: Saving Yourself and America From Financial Ruin (Spencer Judd, Publishers, Sewanee, TN 37375; 1980).
Excellent treatment of lawful money and inflation. Suggests a strategy and tactics for using the money issue to thwart government.
Schiff, Irwin A.: The Biggest Con: How The Government Is Fleecing You (Freedom Books, PO Box 5303, Hamden, CT 06518; 1977).
Schiff quotes President Gerald Ford's speech before a Joint Session of Congress on October 8, 1974: "Inflation, our public enemy no. 1, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our liberty, our property... as surely as any well armed wartime enemy." Schiff says, "Since it is our own government that causes that inflation - our own government is that enemy. With irrefutable facts and figures, Schiff shows that the federal government:
Schlaffly, Phyllis, Editor:: Child Abuse in the Classroom (Pere Marquette Press, IL; 1984).
Specific examples of child abuse from U.S. Department of Education Hearings.
Seabury, David: The Art of Selfishness (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1978 - first published in 1937).
"The next step in human progress is to dump the load of
sanctified idiocy we miscall our moral values, and accept the
principles of nature...
We've given up superstition in the physical area. But if you mention to a fear-ridden follower of the conventions the thought of discarding the sanctions of the Dark Ages, ideals of conduct that came into being when it was considered a sin to unravel the mysteries of life, you shock his sensibilities...
This was once the attitude toward matters of science as well. It still dominates in economics and the law."
Seligman, Martin E.P.: Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death (W.H. Freeman, NY; 1975).
Theory of helplessness and deprssion, and cure for both.
Seligman, Martin E.P., Ph.D.: Learned Optimism (Alfred A. Knopf, NY; 1991).
The second most important key to overcoming your "wimp" (Chapter Five). Describes the essential differences between optimists and pessimists. Both optimism and pessimism are learned habits of behavior. Contains simple exercises for learning optimism. Highly recommended.
Senge, Peter M.: The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Doubleday, NY; 1990).
Among the most important management principles I know of. Essential reading for Human Power Group leaders. Highly recommended.
Sharp, Gene: Gandhi as a Political Strategist - with Essays on Ethics and Politics (Porter Sargent Publishers, Boston; 1979).
A comprehensive analysis of Gandhi's philosophy, strategy, and tactics.
Sharp, Gene: The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part One: Power and Struggle (Porter Sargent Publishers, Boston; 1973).
A classification of the nature of political power and what can be done about it.
Sharp, Gene: The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action (Porter Sargent Publishers, Boston; 1973).
A classification and description of the nonviolent methods for opposing political oppression.
Sharp, Gene: The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part Three: The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (Porter Sargent Publishers, Boston; 1973).
A classification and description of the dynamics and strategies for opposing political oppression. Overcoming helplessness and becoming personally powerful.
Sher, Barbara: Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (Ballantine Books, NY; 1979).
A superb practical guide to help you find your goals and make your dreams come true. How to create a support system, often vital to success. Extensive list of resources. Highly recommended.
Sinetar, Marsha: Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discover Your Right Livelihood (Paulist Press, NY; 1987).
"Our right work is just as important to personality health and growth as the right nutrients are for our bodies. ... [N]inety-five percent of America's working population do not enjoy the work they do."
Smith, Dr. Manuel J.: Kicking the Fear Habit: Using Your Automatic Orienting Reflex to Unlearn Your Anxieties, Fears and Phobias (Bantam Books, NY; 1978).
Analasys of fears and phobias and how to handle them.
Spence, Gerry: With Justice for None: Destroying an American Myth (Penguin Books, NY; 1989).
Comprehensive exposé of the American system of injustice. The corruption of the law.
Spooner, Lysander: An Essay on the Trial by Jury (Da Capo Press, 27 West 17th Street, NY, NY 10011; 1971 - first published in 1852).
Traces the principles and history of trial by jury back to the Magna Carta, by one of the greatest attorneys of all time. (He also started his own private post office, later outlawed by the "federal mafia." Spooner was known as the "father of cheap postage.")
Spooner, Lysander: No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (Ralph Myles Publisher, PO Box 1533, Colorado Springs, CO 80901; 1973 - first published in 1870).
Convincing arguments by a brilliant attorney that the so-called "U.S. Constitution" never had nor now has any legal validity. All those pretending to act under the "authority" of the supposed "constitution" are imposters and usurpers. Had a profound influence on my thinking. Highly recommended.
Spring, Joel: A Primer of Libertarian Education (Free Life Editions, NY; 1975).
Analysis of libertarian theories of education. The importance of self-ownership. Highly recommended.
Steward, Hal D.: Money Making Secrets of the Millionaires (Parker Publishing, N;Y; 1972).
Powerful set of money-making and success concepts and principles. Biographical.
Tanenbaum, Joe: Male & Female Realities: Understanding the Opposite Sex (Candle Publishing, Texas; 1989).
Biological, emotional, and intellectual differences between male and female.
Toffler,Alvin: Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century (Bantam Books, NY; 1991).
Violence, money, and knowledge as sources of power. Force or violence or coercion used to be the dominant source of power. Then money became the dominant source. The new dominant source of power is knowledge. This is the "powershift." The power of the future will belong to those best able to apply knowledge. Highly recommended.
Uris, Auren: The Mastery of People (Prentice-Hall, NJ; 1964).
Important principles to increase your power in dealing with others. Highly recommended.
Walton, Mary: The Deming Management Method (Perigree Books, NY; 1986).
Thorough rendition of Deming, the man, his mission, and his method. The Deming management philosophy contains some of the most advanced management principles I have come across.
Weinberg, Dr. George: The Projection Principle (St. Martin's Press, NY; 1988).
"A projection is anything a person reads into another and sees as if it were there when it is not." How to get others to perceive you more accurately. If people see you for less than you really are, it tends to reduce your power. Highly recommended.
Wing, R.L., Translator: The Tao of Power: A Translation of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Doubleday, NY; 1986).
The most useful rendition of the Tao Te Ching I've come across. Good commentaries.
Wills, Garry: Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence (Random House, NY; 1970).
Exhaustive analysis of the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence, particularly Jefferson's ideas. Scholarly.
Zuker, Elaina: The Seven Secrets of Influence (McGraw-Hill, NY; 1991).
If there is a technology of how to influence then this is it. Highly recommended.
Zunin, Leonard, M.D,: Contact: The First Four Minutes (Ballantine Books, NY; 1972).
A technology for creating good first impressions, Highly recommended.