The Mike Slater Reading List

"I cannot live without books" -Thomas Jefferson

These are in no particular order, but if you’re not sure where to start, start at the top!

Imagine Jack and the History Kids

Join Jack as he puts down his video games and goes on an adventure with George Washington, Paul Revere, Amelia Earhart, and other historical friends. Your kids will learn there is a world of fun outside and it will spark a love of history as well.

You can buy your copy on Amazon HERE!

“A Must Read! Fantastic children’s book! Such imagination and creativity – it’s fun for kids and parents.”


Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell has completely changed how I view politics. From the importance of culture to the truth about slavery and racism in America, this is a MUST BUY.

A bit more academic than “Black Rednecks”, Vision of the Anointed is another great book from Dr. Sowell about how progressives view the world. It’s very different than how you or I view the world.

Two parenting books I love for raising boys: Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis and Knight in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys by Heather Haupt. They’re both wonderful and have been instrumental in how we raise our son.

My favorite book for raising girls: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Dr. Meg Meeker.

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein is a must read to understand how to think about oil and make the case against people pushing for “Green” energy.

Buy all of these kids books from Brad Meltzer. Make this the centerpiece of your kids’ library.

If you’re new to politics, The 5,000 Year Leap is “Freedom 101”.

Ego Is The Enemy is the first Ryan Holiday book I read. He’s a fantastic writer and The Daily Stoic is an excellent introduction to Stoicism.

The 48 Laws of Power was the number one book we used to analyze the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s rise to power. Read it, and it will all make sense.

Tribe by Sebastian Junger is FULL OF TRUTH about our disconnected society today. It ends up being about PTSD, but it’s applicable to everyone and I think a must read for every American.

The two biggest issues no one is talking about is AI and Demographics. America Alone by Mark Steyn covers the latter, it’s excellent.

My Bondage and My Freedom from one of my favorite Americans ever.

The River Of Doubt is the baller story of Teddy Roosevelt exploring an unknown river in the Amazon. Who knew?

David McCullough is obviously great. The Wright Brothers is one of my favorite biographies.

Jonathan Haidt is an incredibly important thinker today on the topic of freedom of speech. The Righteous Mind influenced my book more than any other.

Everyone needs to know the story of Ernest Shackleton exploring the Antarctic in Endurance. You’ll never complain about being cold again.

The Conservative Heart by Arthur C. Brooks is a beautiful description of how conservatives can win the hearts of the American people.

The Masks of Masculinity gives language to the pose masks than I have worn all my life. Read this book and be your true self.

I started grading The Vanishing American Adult on a curve because it’s written by a US Senator, but it’s not just good for a senator, it’s a fantastic book. I’ll definitely read this again soon.

I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist is my favorite apologetics book. It played a major role in me becoming a Christian.

I loved reading A Short History of Nearly Everything. This is an amazing science book that I can understand. Nothing has made me marvel at the impossibility of life like this book.

It doesn’t get any better than Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Read it with a friend! (And in a British accent).

These are my two book suggestions for HS or College grads: Make Your Bed by Admiral McRaven and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. They’re both short, but full of wisdom. The War of Art inspired me to finally finish my book.

I read Gates of Fire because a military friend said it was popular in the SEAL community. It’s stunning. Get the Warrior Ethos for the much shorter version. Or get both.

I mention Theodore Dalrymple all the time on the air. He’s a prison and hospital psychologist in the poorest parts of England. And he’s an amazing writer. Life At The Bottom is a great place to start.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate by Sam Quinones. I never heard of the Opioid epidemic in America until Trump talked about it on the campaign trail. This book is FANTASTIC! Sam writes about all of the cultural forces that had to come together at just the right moment to make this such a crisis. A must-read to understand what we’re up against.

This is the book we reference when we talk about the proper masculine archetypes: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette.

Daniel Coyle is a great storyteller. “The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown” will help you build your (or your kids’ or co-workers’) talent. Very fun read. If you own a business or work in any sort of team, then his follow-up “The Culture Code” is a must-read.

I think these three Brian Kilmeade history books are exceptional. Concise and beautifully written. They’re excellent for High School aged kids as well. You will be fired up about history when reading these books.


September 2019

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice, AND Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos

Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America, Mary Grabar

Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics, Mary Eberstadt

American Spirit: Profiles in Resilience, Courage, and Faith, Taya Kyle

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America, Chris DeRose

The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution, Virginia DeJohn Anderson

August 2019

Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive, William Doyle

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force, Dan Schilling

July 2019

West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express, Jim DeFelice

The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation, Rich Cohen

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, Kate Clifford Larson

The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire, Deborah Baker

June 2019

William Penn: A Life, Andrew R. Murphy

The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century, Clay Risen

May 2019

The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II, Mark Obmascik

March 2019

Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, Simon Tam

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World’s Greatest Library, Edward Wilson-Lee

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, Barry Straus

Your Heart, My Hands: An Immigrant’s Remarkable Journey to Become One of America’s Preeminent Cardiac Surgeons, Dr. Arun K Singh

The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age, David N. Schwartz

Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II, Adam Makos

(Also buy his previous book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice)

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter, Tom Clavin

Saving Cinderella: What Feminists Get Wrong About Disney Princesses And How To Set It, Faith Moore

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk, Amy S. Greenberg

February 2019

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, Andrew S. Curran

Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, Erica Wagner

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, Darrell Bricker

The Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country, Phil Robertson

A Spitfire Girl: One of the World’s Greatest Female ATA Ferry Pilots Tells Her Story Hardcover, Mary Ellis and Melody Foreman

January 2019

Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust, Jack J Hersch.

Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy, Larry Loftis

Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, Alex Berenson

Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel, Bob Batchelor

Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight, William Hazelgrove

The Laws of Human Nature, Robert Greene

December 2018

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership, Sam Walker

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David W. Blight

Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, Colonel Mastriano

I Call Him “Mr. President”: Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H. W. Bush, Ken Raynor

Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life, Diarmaid MacCulloch

November 2018

Meade: The Price of Command, 1863–1865, John G. Selby

Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Andrew Robert

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, Jane Leavy

October 2018

Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946, Gary Giddins

Henry David Thoreau: A Life, Laura Dassow Walls

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton, Tilar J. Mazzeo

First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, David Harsanyi

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, Maxwell King

Republicans Buy Sneakers Too: How the Left Is Ruining Sports with Politics, Clay Travis

This Precarious Moment: Six Urgent Steps that Will Save You, Your Family, and Our Country, Jim Garlow

The Hard Way on Purpose, David Giffels

Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life, David Giffels

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of The Great War, Neal Bascomb

September 2018

TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy, David Pietrusza

Gun Control in Nazi Occupied-France: Tyranny and Resistance, Stephen P. Halbrook

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, Lisa McCubbin

The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, Miles McPherson

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience, Allison Pataki

August 2018

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies, Dawn Raffel

The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, by Miles McPherson,

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War, Jared A. Brock

July 2018

Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse, Robin Hutton

Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly

The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West, Gregory Crouch

American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era, Craig Bruce Smith

Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea, Robert Curry

June 2018

Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty, Stephen Brumwell

Pele, James Buckley Jr.

Not Nice: Stop People-Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty… And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself, Dr Aziz Gazipura PsyD

The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West, Michael Walsh

May 2018

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Sally Kohn

Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, Thomas E. Ricks

Richard III: England’s Most Controversial King, Chris Skidmore

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II, Anne R. Keene

I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero, Brad Meltzer

(The entire “I Am” series by Brad is fantastic. Truly, buy them all.)

The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works, Suzanne Venker

April 2018

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, B. R. Myers

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, William I Hitchcock

Barbara Bush: Presidential Matriarch, Myra G. Gutin

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, Judson Brewer

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law, Joseph Tartakovsky

Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life, Thomas Bailey and Katherine Joslin

To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right, Joyce Lee Malcolm

March 2018

How I Escaped Political Correctness And You Can Too, Loretta Graziano Breuning PhD

The Boys Crisis, Dr. Warren Farrell and Dr. John Gray (Author of Men are From Mars…)

Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America, Mary Stockwell

Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God, Lon Allison

February 2018

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times, Joel Richard Paul

Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, Tim Sandefur

The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush by Mark Updegrove

Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810 by Michael Broers



Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu