Political Books Every Campaigner Should Own

After combing through my collection of political books collected over the past couple (ten?) years and trying to determine what to keep and what to donate, I decided to put together a book list of the reads I thought were worth keeping around. This page will be a work in progress, since at the rate I’m going I might get through about a shelf a week.  Where possible I try to link to cheap/free kindle options.  I’m all over the free e-books.  Take a look.


Foundational Books Everyone Needs to Own

Politics by Aristotle
Politics: A Treatise on Government by Aristotle <<Free Kindle download
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Art of War by Sun Tzu << Free Kindle download

The United States Constitution by James Madison
The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America by Thomas Jefferson
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton << Free Kindle download
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
Essays on Political Economy by Frédéric Bastiat << Free Kindle download

Campaign Strategy Books

How to Run for Local Office by Robert Thomas – this is my all-time favorite handbook for small campaigns!  I bought this online for $20 before I’d even heard of  I had to wait for it to come in the mail.  The mail!  Now you can get it on Amazon for $2.99 and it downloads instantly.  Reading this book was my introduction to small time campaigning and it did for me what I hope this blog does for you.
RUN: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office by Marian Walsh – she’s a Democrat, but this book is highly regarded, and political tactics are the for everyone playing the game.
Applebee’s America by Douglas Sosnik, Matthew Dowd, and Ron Fournier
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – I actually am not a fan of this book, probably because I’m an extreme introvert and I can’t stand ‘small talk.’  The whole concept of ‘winning’ friends seems lame.  Winning votes, however, totally different.  Excellent book for the candidate who’s not a ‘natural’ with charming new people.  That’s why I’m keeping this one.  And because it’s actually my husband’s and he won’t let me toss it.

Trendy Politics-of-the-Moment Books

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan – Hm, this is the only current event-sy book I actually own.  I also have John Paul the Great, also by Peggy Noonan.  I love pretty much everything she writes, including her weekly column in the Wall Street Journal.

Political Philosophy

Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin

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