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    I’m not from Salt Lake, and unfortunately the only “money” themed book I’ve read thus far is “The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek. But since you noted you’re “down to read anything”, I’ll rattle off some recommendations that fit the theme of this site:

    The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek: Though Hayek is pretty left-leaning, this book delivers a pretty scathing rebuttal to the breeds of Socialism that rose in the early 19th century. Hayek wrote it during WW2, so he had two pretty good case studies in Nazi Germany and the USSR. Along with them, he also laments the UK’s turn towards the destructive ideology. All in all, a very good book, especially for anyone looking to beef up their arguments against welfare states and “equality of outcome” type approaches.

    The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand: Probably the most economic/philosophically driven fiction I’ve read. This book, especially in its closing pages, makes some very compelling arguments for an individualistic society and virtues in what most people consider “selfishness”. It’s dense, and you’ll probably find yourself dragging through the “courtroom speech” at the end which never seems to finish. But it’s a pretty solid book overall.

    Carnage and Culture/Ripples of Battle, both by Victor Davis Hanson: “Carnage and Culture” takes a Europhilic look at some of the great triumphs of Western civilization over its Eastern/Amerindian counterparts. “Ripples of Battle” dissects four different battles in Western history, and does a bit of “what if?” speculation. For instance, did you know Socrates was actually a warrior in the Battle of Delium? What if he had died? Where would the West have gone? Even if you don’t have a stomach for speculation, I at least recommend “Carnage and Culture”. Hanson does a GREAT job of diagramming the battles in both books, and taking you through the strategic maneuvers of each army.

    Jan Sobieski, the King who Saved Europe, by Militiades Varvounis: Currently reading this, but it chronicles the life of Jan Sobieski, who rose to power in Poland and ultimately held off the Ottoman Empire from reaching Europe. So far, I’ve found a couple small errors in wording/grammar, but I think it’s due to the author being of Greek/Polish descent, and having English as a third language. He also explicitly states that although the book is a historical account, he intended to write it in a “fiction” style to make it appealing to readers. I’ve found this to be a welcome respite from other historical books, which tend to be fairly dry. It’s very clear though that the author poured his heart and soul into his retelling of history.

    Mythos Christos, by Edwin Herbert: I learned of this one via a sidebar ad on Voat. It’s essentially a more intellectually honest Da Vinci code. It uses a similar heist story to explore the mythological similarities between Ancient Egypt, and the Christian religion.

    Aquinas’s Shorter Summa, by St. Thomas Aquinas: Aquinas wrote this book for people that couldn’t be bothered, or couldn’t afford, to read the full Summa Theologica. It’s a great primer on the Christian faith based on logical reasoning. I didn’t agree with all of his conclusions, but I found them more convincing than most of what’s preached in today’s sermons. Fair warning, he died before he could finish it, but what’s completed is very substantial.

    The Camp of the Saints, by Jean Raspail: Raspail wrote this book in 1973 about a fleet of ships full of Indian invaders crashing upon Europe’s shore. That part takes up maybe the last fifth of the book, with the preceding pages detailing how the world reacts, how many chances they had to stop it, etc. Though he missed the mark by calling out India, the book’s eerily similar to how the world reacted to the “refugee” crisis today. Fair warning that Raspail gives perhaps a bit too much description to the scatological habits of the migrants at certain points. But overall, it’s a great read.

    Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa: This is one of the most well-known books in Japan, and is sort of their “Gone With the Wind”. If you’re willing to tackle 1,000 pages, then it is worth your time. The book captures all emotions equally well.

    Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman: I know this name might catch some flak due to the “American Gods” TV show having gay characters or something (which I don’t even recall happening in the book), but his retelling of classic Norse myths in a book under 200 pages is very captivating. It covers everything from creation to Ragnarok. If you have any budding interest in pre-Christian Europe, give it a read. If you’re already well-read on the subject, you might find it a bit simplistic.

    All of these books can be found on either Amazon or HPB.com (Half Price Books). I don’t have many good bookstores around me, so I tend to work from online stores. I’ve also got “Common Sense” and “Wealth of Nations” waiting on my shelf, so I’ll eventually be a bit more well-versed in what you’re looking for.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reply or PM me. I have this account linked to a burner email, so I won’t really notice any notifications until I sign in here. But now that I’m finally in, I’ll try to be active.

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