I’ve received several emails in response, some of which provoked this idea: the standard “top ten libertarian books” lists are kind of boring by now–they quite often just list “the usual suspects”. What would be interesting would be some other type of “top ten” (or whatever) book lists for libertarians, such as:
1. Top Ten Books By Non-Libertarians That Libertarians Should Read. Example: The Sovereign States, by Kilpatrick.
2. Top Ten Libertarian Books You Have Never Heard Of. Neglected or little-known treasures (sort of like The Free Market Reader.)
3. Top Ten History Books for Libertarians. E.g., Paul Johnson, Modern Times.
4. Top Ten Libertarian Fiction (not counting Rand): e.g., Golden Age by John Wright.
5. Top Ten Pre-Twentieth Century “Libertarian”/”Prot-Libertarian” Books — E.g., our founders and precursors (e.g., Grotius, The Law of War and Peace, Cato’s Letters, Spooner, Locke, etc.)
6. Top Ten non-American or Not Originally Published in English Libertarian Books (e.g., Grotius, The Law of War and Peace; Lepage, Tomorrow, Capitalism, etc.)