the Larson "Reading Room"! Ah, so much to read, so little
time... though reading while watching TV makes you feel much
less guilty about watching television. Here are some of
Mark's favorite books, featured on his radio show:
"What's So Great About
Christianity?" by Dinesh D'Souza. Take THAT, Christopher
"The Prince of Darkness". Nobody knows Washington, DC like
Robert Novak. This is a compelling account of inside
politics and Novak's personal transformation.
"The Power Broker" by Robert Caro. The classic story of
Robert Moses and the empire he created in New York City.
"Liberal Fascism", by Jonah Goldberg. This is the book the
left hopes you'll ignore. Don't.
"In The Shadow of the Moon" and "Into That Silent Sea", by
Francis French and Colin Burgess. Two of the finest accounts
of the space race you'll ever read.
"Testimony" by Nicolas Sarkozy. The new French President
likes America, so we're better know what makes him tick. No
Carla Bruni tidbits in this volume, though.
"The Last Man on the Moon", by Eugene Cernan. He's the most
recent recent visitor to the lunar surface, and this is one
fine account of the Apollo program. More info:
"The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright. The subtitle reminds
us that where we are today began with "Al-Qaeda and the Road
"Making War to Keep the Peace", by Ambassador Jeanne
Kirkpatrick. One of the most amazing people I've ever met.
This book, completed shortly before her death, raises plenty
"Lion Eyes", By Claire Berlinski. It's a novel with plenty
of current application, along with autobiographical truth.
"Land of Lincoln", by Andrew Ferguson. It's an often
laugh-out-loud funny overview of where Americans see Lincoln
history, political correctness and all.
"Our Dumb World: Atlas of Planet Earth", by the editors of
The Onion. — I wonder how many people read this as 100%
truth instead of satire. Sure, plenty of naughty language at
times but it's a laugh-a-moment spoof of tedious textbooks
and dumbed-down education. A modern classic.
"THE U.N. EXPOSED: How the United Nations Sabotages
America's Security and Fails the World" - Fox News Channel's
Eric Shawn gives us the inside look at this very
dysfunctional world body. (He also appears often on the
Larson radio show).
"MENACE IN EUROPE: Why the Continent's Crisis is
America's, Too" by Claire Berlinski. She's one of our
favorite experts on the subject, and always way ahead of the
"GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam" by Mark Bowden. The author of "Blackhawk Down" recounts the 1979-1980 Iran hostage crisis and provides information crucial to understanding where we're going with Iran.
"MAO: The Unknown Story" by Jung Chang. Liberals need to
read this book and discover how murderous Chairman Mao
really was. One of the best biographies of Mao.
"GODLESS" by Ann Coulter. Do what most of Ann's critics
haven't done: actually read the book!
"LEARNING TO EAT SOUP WITH A KNIFE" by John A. Nagl. This is
the book about lessons in fighting insurgencies... the one
General Abizaid is having his people read. If you read it,
you'll be smarter than most network news anchors on the
"COME BACK TO AFGHANISTAN" by Said Hyder Akbar. A California
teenager returns to his homeland. Fascinating!
"WHITE GUILT: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the
Promise of the Civil Rights Era" by Shelby Steele. Must
reading for left and right.
"SADDAM'S SECRETS: How an Iraqi General Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein" by Gen. Georges Sada. Saddam had the WMD's and Gen. Sada knows where they went. This is an amazing story of good vs. evil and spiritual power.
"Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial
Presidency of George W. Bush" by Fred Barnes.
Fred (co-star of THE BELTWAY BOYS on Fox News Channel) reveals what GWB is really all about behind-the-scenes.
An unusual and fascinating portrait.
"My Year in Iraq" by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. Whether you think he did a fine job or not, this is very interesting reading.
"Condi vs. Hillary:The Next Great Presidential Race". Dick Morris and Eileen McGann have detailed the very interesting possibilities. The terror starts on page one, with Hillary taking the presidential oath of office.
"The War on Christmas: How the How the Conspiracy to Suppress the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought" Fox News Channel's John Gibson lays it all out here. The title's long, but so is the battle that is shaping up. The left won't rest until religion is put in a lockbox somewhere. The ACLU's going nuts.
"The Assassins" - Ollie North and Joe Musser have outdone themselves. A chilling novel that reads like today's headlines. Heaven forbid we go where this scenario goes. A real page-turner.
"A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War". Victor Davis Hansen makes this ancient story come alive in a way that sheds light and wisdom on today's conflicts. Fascinating.
"The Know It All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World". This very funny bestseller by A.J. Jacobs is now out in paperback. As our friend P.J. O'Rourke says, "It's a lot shorter than the encyclopedia, and funnier, and you'll remember more of it. Plus, if it falls off the sheld onto your head, you'll live".
"Hollywood Nation" - James Hirsen exposes the Left Coast lies, old media spin, and the new media revolution. Sure to NOT be a favorite of Barbara Streisand, Michael Moore et al.
"One Soldier's Story: A Memoir" Bob Dole shares the story
he's waited sixty years to tell. Fascinating and moving.
"Hating America: The New World Sport" - Fox News Channel's
John Gibson irritates the blame-America-bunch. Now in
"Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's
Gone Stark Raving Mad". Heritage Foundation's Rebecca
Hagelin is right on the money with this one.
"One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is
Self-Reliance" by Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel.
"Leadership Is: How to Build Your Legacy" - Glen Aubrey
(available online at
www.leadershipis.com) Not just another management book.
A living, breathing practical plan for success.
"When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White
House" by Patricia O'Toole. I'm a big TR fan, read plenty of
books on the man. Fresh insights in this one.
"The Heat Is On: Health, Humor & Hope for Women Facing
Menopause" by Danna Demetre. OK, I'm not a woman, but this
book is "Mrs.Larson approved"... in fact, she bought extra
copies for friends!
"Riding With Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch" by
John Barletta. A fascinating new portrait of the President
by our friend who served Reagan longer than any other Secret
"Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage" - Chris
Fox News Sunday's popular host features inspiring stories of
key American leaders... a "must read"!
"His Excellency: George Washington" - Joseph Ellis'
marvelous account of Washington includes fascinating new
"How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)" - Ann Coulter (www.anncoulter.com)
"How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats and Scam Artists and Became
the Scourge of the Liberal Media...GIVE ME A BREAK" - John
"Intellectual Morons" - Daniel J. Flynn
"Twice Adopted" - Michael Reagan (His no-holds-barred story
will inspire you... and call you to action)
"Rumsfeld's War" - Rowan Scarborough (Right-on account by
the Washington Times correspondent)
"Feminist Fantasies" - Phyliss Schlafly (There she goes
again, ticking off the left and the NOW bunch!)
"Because He Could" - Dick Morris (Bill Clinton doesn't like
"Rewriting History" - Dick Morris (And Hillary hates this
"War Stories I and II" - Oliver North (Powerful accounts of
Operation Iraqi Freedom and World War II)
"In the Red Zone" - Steven Vincent (Alone in the most unsafe
spots in Iraq... an unusual account)
"Up Up and Away" - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (Find
out how they've lived in Hollywood and stayed married 35+
"Khrushchev: The Man and His Era" - William Taubman
(Excellent history of the shoe-slammer's leadership)
"How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life" - Peter Robinson (From
the man who wrote Reagan's "Gorby, tear down this wall!"
"Gorbachev: On My Country and the World" - Mikhail Gorbachev
(Hear the rest of the story in Larson's exclusive interview
with Gorbachev -- see the Special Update section)
"Dresden: Tuesday February 13, 1945" - Frederick Taylor (No
revisionist history here!)
"Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge 1990-2003" - Kevin
Starr (OK, it's a little left-wing but fascinating)
"Miles Gone By:A Literary Biography" - William F. Buckley
(Excellent and very readable... without a glossary)
"A History of the American People" - Paul Johnson (Try to
read ANYTHING he writes...no "PC" stuff here)
"The Outlaw Sea" - William Langeweische (This will make you
squirm regarding security on the water)
"How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Voice" - Gary Owens
(Fine and funny how-to book!)
"The Pickwick Papers" - Charles Dickens (A classic.. and
more interesting everytime you read it)
"When Character Was King" - Peggy Noonan (One of the best
books about Ronald Reagan)
"Hard America, Soft America" - Michael Barone
"Misunderestimated" - Bill Sammon
"Brainwashed:How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth"
- Ben Shapiro. (This is a must-read!)
"Spin Sisters: How the women of the media sell unhappiness
and liberalism to the women of America" - Myrna Blyth.
"Hating America:The New World Sport" - John Gibson of Fox
"Give Me Break" - John Stossel (Hot off the presses and
irritating liberals everywhere!)
"Useful Idiots:How Liberals Got It Wrong In
The Cold War And Still Blame America First" - Mona
"Bias" - Bernard Goldberg
"Diversity" - Peter Wood
"Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global
Former U.N. Ambassador Dore Gold's powerful new book
"The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush"
- David Frum
"American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center" -
"Breakdown" - Bill Gertz
"Islam Unveiled" - Robert Spencer
"How to Ruin Your Life" - Ben Stein
Theodore Rex" - Edmund Morris
"Radical Son" - David Horowitz
"Epidemic" - Meg Meeker, M.D. (Exposing the myths of "safe
sex". This is a "must read" for every parent and
"Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals
and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores" - Michele Malkin
"Catastrophe" - Chris Ruddy and Carl Limbacher
"Tales from the Left Coast" - James Hirsen. Available in
our marklarson.com store.