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Unintended Consequences
by John Ross
Accurate Press, Hardcover - 863 pages (January 1996)
Comment: A novel about the Gun Culture in America, and what happened when they were pushed too far.

Red Planet
by Robert A. Heinlein
Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback (August 1991)
Also: Demco Media hardcover: Turtleback (August 1991)
Comment: This is the book that turned me into an advocate of RKBA, back when I was 12 years old. Found the book in my Junior High School library. It's still one of my favorite science fiction novels, too. -- Ken Holder, Editor, The Libertarian Enterprise

The Probability Broach
by L. Neil Smith
Tor Books Mass Market Paperback (October 1996)
Comment: The most famous pro-gun science-fiction novel of all time.

by L. Neil Smith
Tor Books Mass Market Paperback Reprint edition (May 1995)
Comment: A novel about an arms-maker by the award-winning science-fictionauthor who collaborated with Aaron Zelman on The Mitzvah.

Kings of the High Frontier
by Victor Koman
Bereshith Publishing Hardcover - 576 pages 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
Comment: Freedom lovers race to achieve access to space.

Mila 18
by Leon Uris
Bantam Books Paperback Reissue edition (December 1, 1983)
Comment: A novel about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

The Wall
by John Hersey
Vintage Books Paperback - 632 pages (March 1988)
Comment: A novel about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith
Published by JPFO, Paperback - 430 pages (January 2001)
Comment: A novel about a Bill of Rights President

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2nd Amendment Studies

The Battle We Fight: Battling Potomac Fever To Recapture Our Homes And Communities
by John Longenecker, Jr.
Author House Publishers, 2004
Is there a connection between violent crime, official deafness, and indolence, and an overall widening loathing of our country? Is there any chance that interested constituents - parents, newlyweds, and other hopefuls - can actually recapture the authority, power, and dignity of their own homes and communities? Observer John Longenecker identifies an unsettling similarity between the loudest and rudest voices in office and the most disparate double standards and coercive forces supporting them, and he proposes a gutsy solution.

A Little Handbook on the Second Amendment: What the American aristocracy Does Not Want You to Know
by Dr. Joseph L. Bass
The Downhome Enterprise, Paperback, 105 pages (December 1999)
"Too many that support the Second Amendment do not have the time to read academic books dealing with the subject. The "handbook" re-focuses the debate on guns on issues as seen by the Founding Fathers. Information is presented in an easily read format, outlining the more than 3000 years of political thought represented by the Second Amendment. We will better able to support the Second Amendment if many more of us are better informed." -- Author
Or, you can buy it direct from the publisher by sending a money order or check for $12.95 made out to:
The Downhome Enterprise, L.L.C.
1533 Moores Point Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23436

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The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction
by Akhil Reed Amar
Yale University Press, 352 pages (September 1998)
Also in paperback
Reviewed by Vin Suprynowicz

Origins and Development of the Second Amendment: A Sourcebook
by David T. Hardy
Blacksmith Publishing Corporation Hardcover 85 pages (May 1986)
Comment: I've been told that this small book is the best survey of the development of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms you can find. -- Ken Holder, JPFO Webmaster

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics)
by John R. Lott, Jr.
University of Chicago Press paperback (2nd Edition) - 321 pages, 2000
Comment: A detailed statistical study that shows that places that "allow" people to carry guns have lower rates of violent crime; and that when places that formerly did not allow people to carry guns change and allow carry, the rates of violent crime go down. Instead of making up his statistics like anti-gunners do, Dr. Lott relied on official crime reports, and applied rigorous mathematical methods.

To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right
by Joyce Lee Malcolm
Harvard University Press Hardcover - 232 pages (February 1994)
Also: Harvard University Press Paperback Reprint edition (April 1996)

That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right
by Stephen P. Halbrook
Independent Institute Paperback edition (March 1994)
Comment: The definitive study of the history of the Second Amendment.

Targeting Guns : Firearms and Their Control (Social Institutions and Social Change)
by Gary Kleck
Aldine De Gruyter Paperback - 450 pages (December 1997)

Stopping Power; Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns
by J. Neil Schulman, Afterword by Gary Kleck, Inc Paperback - 318 pages (December 1994)

The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?
by David B. Kopel
Prometheus Books Hardcover - 470 pages (July 1992)

Guns: Who Should Have Them?
by David B. Kopel (Editor)
Prometheus Books Hardcover - 475 pages (August 1995)

No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It
by David B. Kopel, Paul H. Blackman
Prometheus Books Hardcover - 524 pages (March 1997)

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Outgunned: True Stories of Citizens Who Stood Up to Outlaws--and Won
By Robert A. Waters and John T. Waters, Jr.
Cumberland House Press, 2004.

Outgunned! True Stories of Citizens Who Stood Up to Outlaws-and Won is the first book to systematically describe cases of American citizens protecting themselves against criminals. All are documented in contemporary writings or by noted historians. In some cases, new information has been located and incorporated into the book. Many books romanticize outlaws or lawmen, but until now the role of townspeople who banded together to save themselves and their neighbors has been given little more than passing interest.

Effective Defense: The Woman, the Plan, the Gun
by Gila May-Hayes
Police Bookshelf Paperback (April 1994)

Armed & Female
by Paxton Quigley
St Martins Press Mass Market Paperback Reissue edition (July 1994)
Comment: A founder of Handgun Control, Inc. saw the light and became not only pro-gun, but a respected self-defense trainer.

In the Gravest Extreme: Role of the Firearm
by Massad F. Ayoob
Police Bookshelf Paperback (June 1980)

Stressfire (Gunfighting for Police)
by Massad F. Ayoob
Police Bookshelf Paperback - 149 pages (December 1986)

Gun Proof Your Children! & Massad Ayoob's Handgun Primer -- 2 Books in 1 Volume
by Massad Ayoob
Police Bookshelf Paperback (June 1985)

Complete Book of Combat Handgunning
by Chuck Taylor
Paladin Press Paperback (June 1982)

The Fighting Rifle
by Chuck Taylor
Paladin Press Paperback (June 1982)

The Tactical Shotgun : The Best Techniques & Tactics for Employing the Shotgun in Personal Combat
by Gabriel Suarez
Paladin Press Paperback (September 1996)

The Ultimate Sniper : An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers
by John L., Major Plaster
Paladin Press Paperback - 453 pages (January 1993)

The Best Defense
by Robert A. Waters
Cumberland House paperback 1998
Comment: True stories of intended victims who defended themselves with a firearm. Stories are highly detailed (unlike the Armed Citizen one paragraph blurbs). Easy to read, even aloud to kids. -- Richard Stevens, Editor of JPFO Firearms Sentinel

The Book of Two Guns: The Martial Art of the 1911 Pistol and AR Carbine
by Tiger McKee
Booksurge Publishing Paperback - 176 pages (January 2005)

Boston's Gun Bible
by Boston T. Party
Javelin Press - 848 pages (April 2002)

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Food for Thought

The Law
by Frederic Bastiat
Foundation for Economic Education Paperback 2nd edition (October 1998)
Also: Foundation for Economic Education Hardcover 2nd edition (April 1996)
Comment: Every thinking individual should read this book. It is the single best and easiest to read explanation of why legal principles must remain neutral and government must remain limited. -- Richard Stevens, Editor of JPFO Firearms Sentinel

Send in the Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998
by Vin Suprynowicz
Mountain Media Paperback - 508 pages (March 1, 1999)

The Ballad of Carl Drega
by Vin Suprynowicz
Mountain Media Paperback - 690 pages (June, 2002)

Civil War II: The Coming Breakup of America
by Thomas W. Chittum
American Eagle Publications Paperback - 201 pages (January 1997)
Comment: "If This Goes On ...." -- what is likely to happen if current political trends continue. Grim reading, but lots to think about.

101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution: Ideas and Resources for Self-Liberation, Monkey Wrenching and Preparedness
by Claire Wolfe
Loompanics Unlimited Paperback revised edition (January 1999)
Comment: "America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to change things, and too early to shoot the bastards." --from the introduction

Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet): 101 More Ways to Salvage Freedom
by Claire Wolfe
Loompanics Unlimited Paperback - 249 pages (May 1999)

The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook: 179 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution
by Claire Wolfe
Loompanics Unlimited Paperback - 86 pages (May 2004)

Boston on Guns & Courage: Proven Tools for Chronic Problems
by Kenneth W. Royce & Boston T. Party
Javelin Press Paperback (March 1998)

Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages
by Abraham Cohen & Jacob Neusner
Schocken Books Paperback - 405 pages Rep edition (February 1995)

Political Correctness: The Cloning of the American Mind
by David Thibodaux
Vital Issues Press Paperback (March 1992)
Comment: David Thibodaux, Ph.D., wrote a remarkable and outstanding book titled, Political Correctness: The Cloning of the American Mind. David is an English professor at the University of South-Western Louisiana and in his short work, he really hits the nail on the head. Quoting from the back cover of his book: "This is a brilliant illustration of the hypocrisy of the political correctness movement and its destructive effects on a free society." If you want to really understand how the American people have been played for fools, this is the book. -- Devvy Kidd (in e-mail)

Closing of the American Mind
by Allan Bloom
Touchstone Books Paperback (May 1988)
Comment: A study of how socialist control of education has resulted in Americans becoming poorly-educated and unable to think.

Confronting the Constitution: The Challenge to Locke, Montesquieu, Jefferson and the Federalists From Utilitarianism, Historicism, Marxism, Freudianism, Pragmatism, Existentialism
by Allan Bloom (Editor)
AEI Press Paperback (January 1992)

The Rape of the American Constitution
by Chuck Shiver
Loompanics Unlimited Paperback - 363 pages (June 1995)

Order Without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes
by Robert C. Ellickson
Harvard University Press Paperback, 1994
Comment: The author, a Yale law professor, says "I did not appreciate how unimportant law can be when I embarked on this project."

Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain
by Richard A. Epstein
Harvard University Press Paperback, 1989
Comment: Shows how individual rights are the only possible foundation for law & valid government.

Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life
by David D. Friedman
HarperCollins Paperback, 320 pages, 1997

A Conflict of Visions
Thomas Sowell
William Morrow & Co. Paperback - 273 pages Reprint edition (April 1988)
Comment: There are two main opposing visions of man in relation to himself, to other men and to government. When you understand the two visions, you can see why people line up on one side of an issue, and you can predict the positions they will take based on just a few questions. This one book provides a clearer explanation of the bases of modern controversies than would a whole undergraduate education in political science. I would literally pay people to read it. -- Richard Stevens, Editor JPFO Firearms Sentinel.

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American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster
Foundation for American Christian Education, (June 1967)
Comment: Hardcover reprint edition of Webster's 1806 dictionary -- very interesting for looking up words like "infringed" and "militia" and the like.

The Modern Researcher
by Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff
Hbj College & School Div Paperback - 416 pages 5th edition (February 1992)
Comment: This excellent handbook/manual should be titled "How to Write a Book" or "How to Do the Research You Need to Write a Book" or something like that. The main emphasis is on history, because any report, article, or book is going to be history, even a scientific article, which could be considered a history of an experiment or experiments. -- Ken Holder, JPFO Webmaster

Encyclopedia Judaica
Edited by Cecil Roth
Coronet Books Hardcover reprint edition (December 1994) (18 Volume Set first published 1972)

The Encyclopedia of Judaism
by Jacob Neusner (Editor), Alan J. Avery-Peck (Editor), William S. Green (Editor)
Continuum Pub Group Hardcover - 1800 pages (August 1999)

Tanakh: A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
Jewish Publication Society Paperback - 1624 pages (November 1985)
Also: Hardcover - 1624 pages Blue cloth edition (May 1988)

Genesis: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary volume 1)
by Nahum M. Sarna (Editor)
Jewish Publication Society Hardcover - 446 pages (May 1996)

Exodus; Shemot: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary volume 2)
by Nahum M. Sarna (Editor)
Jewish Publication Society of America Hardcover - 278 pages (May 1996)

Leviticus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (The JPS Torah Commentary volume 3)
by Baruch A. Levine (Editor)
Jewish Publication Society Hardcover - 284 pages (May 1996)

Numbers: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary volume 4)by Jacob Milgrom (Editor)
Jewish Publication Society Hardcover - 520 pages (May 1996)

Deuteronomy: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary volume 5)
by Jeffrey H. Tigay (Editor)
Jewish Publication Society Hardcover - 520 pages (June 1996)

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The American Revolution:

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
by Bernard Bailyn
Belknap Press Paperback - 396 pages Enlarged edition (March 1992)

The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas
by Carl Lotus Becker
Random House Paperback (March 1958)

The American Revolution
by Edward Countryman, Eric Foner (Editor)
Hill & Wang Pub Paperback - 280 pages (July 1985)

Who Was Who in the American Revolution
by L. Edward Purcell
Facts on File, Inc. Hardcover - 548 pages (June 1993)
Also: Gramercy Press Hardcover 560 pages (September 1999)

History of the American Revolution
by David Ramsay, Davis Ransay, Lester H. Cohen
Liberty Fund, Inc. Paperback (May 1990 -- First Published 1787)
Also: Liberty Fund, Inc. Hardcover (July 1990)
Comment: First Published 1787, still one of the best!

History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution
by Mercy Otis Warren
Liberty Fund, Inc. Paperback Reprint edition (October 1988 -- first published 1805)
Also: Liberty Fund, Inc. hardcover (October 1988)
Comment: Mercy Otis Warren was there, and she wrote a history of it.

Radicalism of the American Revolution
by Gordon S. Wood
Random House Paperback Reprint edition (March 1993)
Comment: Shows how the revolution wasn't just by a few aristocrats for their own benefit, but extended to every level of society.


The Founders and the Classics; Greece, Rome, and the American Englightenment
by Carl J. Richard
Belknap Press Paperback Reprint edition (October 1995)
Also: Harvard University Press Hardcover - 295 pages (April 1994)

Thomas Paine, Collected Writings: Common Sense, the Crisis, and Other Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters; Rights of Man; The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine, Eric Foner (Editor)
Library of America, Hardcover - 906 pages (April 1995)
Comment: Paine is the man who first used the phrase "The United States of America". George Washington said he would have lost the war without Paine's writings to inspire his troops.

Thomas Jefferson, Writings: Autobiography; A Summary View of the Rights of British Columbia; Notes on the State of Virginia; Public Papers; Addresses
by Thomas Jefferson, Merrill D. Peterson (Editor)
Library of America Hardcover - 1600 pages (September 1984)

Benjamin Franklin, Writings
by Benjamin Franklin, J.A. Leo Lemay (Editor)
Library of America Hardcover - 1605 pages (September 1987)

George Washington, Writings
by George Washington, John H. Rhodehamel (Editor)
Library of America Hardcover - 1100 pages (February 1997)


The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, Part One
by Bernard Bailyn (Editor)
Library of America Hardcover (July 1993)

The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederlist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, Part Two
by Bernard Bailyn (Editor)
Library of America Hardcover (July 1993)
Comment: These two volumes are a treasure-trove of information about the Constitution.

Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
by Forrest McDonald
University Press of Kansas Paperback - 362 pages Reprint edition (November 1986)

E Pluribus Unum
by Forrest McDonald
Liberty Fund, Inc. Hardcover (January 1979)


Democracy in America
by Alexis De Tocqueville, George Lawrence (Translator), J. P. Mayer (Editor)
HarperCollins Paperback Reissue edition (September 1988)
Comment: In 1831 Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel de Tocqueville visited the United States. When he returned home he wrote this book which was published in 1835-1840. It remains one of the most insightful and profound commentaries on the American character.

Negroes With Guns (African American Life Series)

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Death by Government
by R. J. Rummel
Transaction Pub Paperback (March 1997)

The Defiant: A True Story
by Shalom Yoran
St. Martins Press Trade Paperback (September 1996, written 1946)
Comment: "... describes how he and some fellow Jews fled to the forests during the Nazi occupation of Poland where they were able to attack and kill Nazi's guerilla style and free people on the way to the camps. The two things Yoran and his heroic fellows couldn't get enough of were food and guns."-- Chuck Morse, "Jews and Guns"

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
by Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy (Translator), Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski, Jean-Louis Panne, Jean-Louis Margolin
Harvard University Press Hardcover - 858 pages (October 1999)
Comment: A recounting of the genocides perpetrated by Communist governments.

Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War Against the Nazis
by Peter Masters
Presidio Pr Hardcover - 320 pages (December 1997)

Heroes of the Holocaust
by Arnold Geier.
Berlley publishing group (1998)
Comment: We recommend this book highly. For an excerpt, see JPFO Alert, December 12, 1999

Fighting Back: A Memoir of Jewish Resistance in World War II
by Harold Werner
Columbia Univ Press paperback (1994)

Was God on Vacation?
by Jack van der Geest
paperback (1999)

Destruction of the European Jews (Three Volume Boxed Set)
by Raul Hilberg
Holmes & Meier Publisheing, Inc Hardcover 2nd Rev edition (July 1985)

Hitler's Death Camps
by Konnilyn G. Feig
Holmes & Meier Publishing, Inc Paperback Reissue edition (December 1981)

The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust As Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
by Michael Berenbaum
Little Brown & Co Paperback (April 1993)

Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
by Alan Bullock
Vintage Books Paperback - 1089 pages Reprint edition (November 1993)

The Great Terror: A Reassessment
by Robert Conquest
Oxford Univ Press Paperback Reprint edition (October 1991)

Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot
by David P. Chandler
Westview Press Paperback - 264 pages Revised edition (February 1999)
Also: Westview Press Hardcover - 254 pages (August 1992)

Ambush at Ruby Ridge: How Government Agents Set Randy Weaver Up and Took His Family Down
by Alan W. Bock
Dickens Press Hardcover (October 1995)

Davidian Massacre: Disturbing Questions About Waco Which Must Be Answered
by Carol Moore
Legacy Communications Paperback (March 1996)

No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It
by David B. Kopel, Paul H. Blackman
Prometheus Books Hardcover - 524 pages (March 1997)

Waco - The Rules of Engagement
Director: William Gazecki
Edition Details: VHS video tape, NTSC format (for use in US and Canada only), Color
Comment: The Academy Award nominated documentary film. Very disturbing.

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