Welcome to Books of Liberty, your online source for finding quality content that will help free your mind. Books of Liberty is a unique resource to discover books of interest in an age of information overload. Whether you’re new to the philosophy of freedom, or have been passionate about these topics for years, a question that often pops up is “what should I read?”
You’re struggling to find the right book precisely because there is so much out there. We’re here to help you find the needle in the haystack.
We’ve hand-picked over 1,500 titles from hundreds of authors for you to browse. We’ve tagged each book with detailed keywords, representing its contents. Instead of following the traditional method of organizing our books by hierarchical structure, we allow you to browse by topic. That way you can see what is available and choose a book that covers all of the topics you’re interested in, even if the topics are unrelated and you’d never thought they would overlap!
By displaying the topics, you don’t even need to have an idea of what you want before you search – you can simply browse what’s available and discover books with ideas that pique your interest!
Given the broad range of topics (close to 800 keywords) covered within Books of Liberty you will likely find exactly what you’re looking for. However this site does have a niche.
We feature books related to liberty. These certainly cover your traditional libertarian and anarchist ideas, economics, revisionist and anti-war history, and related philosophical ideas.
But we recognize you may want to open your mind to ways you can achieve freedom in your personal life. Whether it is through improved inter-personal relationships or social skills, whether it is by taking care of your mind and body, whether it is through peaceful parenting or seeking alternative educational routes for your children, or whether you seek to gain independence through entrepreneurship or by achieving financial freedom. We’ve got books to cover it all.
You are interested, intellectually curious, and self-directed in learning. We’ve made sure to cover topics such as learning how to learn, how to communicate a message, how to avoid the pitfalls and dodge the fallacies thrown in your direction.
We’ve added books with which we don’t agree – after all, reading opposing viewpoints strengthens your understanding of your own position and improving your arguments. As Aristotle pointed out, entertaining a thought without accepting it is the true mark of an educated mind.
The topics of these books were manually tagged (and we’re open to your interpretation and suggestions). These are not based on computer algorithms. So some of these topics might not be directly what the author had in mind. However, applying human thought and creativity to this process brings about interesting connections and leads us to unique results. Therefore the topics not only guide you as to what the book is about, but also in what other areas the book can benefit you.
If you enjoy the content here, there are more ways you can benefit. To take full advantage of what we can offer you, join the Books of Liberty Book Club, where the perks are plentiful!
You will be able to save books to your online library to help you keep track of all those books you love and adore. With hundreds of free ebooks and audio-books linked within the pages of our site, this can be your one-stop- shop to access the content you love. No more saving down PDFs, only to not find them later! No more filling up your hard drive with MP3 files! No more dozens of bookmarks! Just log on and you can access it all with the click of a button from any device.
You will be able to add books to your wishlist so you don’t forget about that rare gem you stumbled upon. And we guarantee that if you spend just a little time on this site, you’ll come across so many such gems, you’ll start to doubt their scarcity!
Inside, you also get access to the Book Club’s member-only Facebook group, which is where the fun and excitement really happen! See below for more details on all the benefits of this Facebook group.
If you don’t find these perks relevant, you can simply join our ever-growing email list. Your privacy is our top concern (as you may see from the variety of books we have on such topics as privacy). By joining the email list you can get delivered, right to you, the best of the blog content, fascinating insights, new releases and (anonymous) highlights of interesting points being brought up by your fellow Book Club friends in the member-only Facebook Group.
Unfortunately most of us don’t have enough people, locally around us, to form a book club and discuss that precious book you happen to be reading. The power of the internet in bringing us together allows us to connect with other like-minded people.
We have created a Facebook group for our members to join and be part of a community. It is a closed group, segregated from your other Facebook friends who might not share your point of view so you can discuss openly your thoughts and views on the books listed at Books of Liberty.
Each book has a discussion thread so you can post your thoughts and have meaningful conversations related to that book. We have a wide range of books, not necessarily specifically related to liberty (e.g. education, entrepreneurship, parenting, history, etc.) and you will find unique commentary on these books by our members, who are like-minded individuals. It is unlikely you would get such relevant reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or other non-niche outlets that sell this wide range of books.
The best part of it, and unlike other Facebook groups, the discussions here are easy to find. You don’t need to scroll through thousands of Facebook posts. Each book’s discussion thread is linked directly within the book page of this site. All you need to do is go to your favorite book at Books of Liberty, click the link to join the discussion and it will take you directly to the right place.
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We aspire to create a resource that is so useful and compelling that you will want to bookmark it or even have it as one of the tabs that open up by default on your browser. We want you to be as in love with this site as we are. We want you to keep coming back to discover more amazing books.
Highlighted above are the perks you get from joining our Book Club. All of these benefits are provided to you free of charge. So you may ask “Well… how do you make any money?!”
You can support us by purchasing your books (or anything else, for that matter) on Amazon or Audible through the links in the book pages of Books of Liberty. We have a wish list functionality built-in to our site so you may save your books and come back when you’re ready to buy. You are also encouraged to consider purchasing from our other sponsors through the links on our site. The sponsors are all personally endorsed by us and are relevant to your needs. These include Liberty Classroom, The Ron Paul Curriculum, and The Tuttle Twins series of books, amongst others.
Daniel Shafrir is the founder and curator of Books of Liberty. For the better part of a decade, Daniel has been devouring as much content as possible related to the philosophy of freedom. Never quite at home with either side of the traditional political spectrum, Daniel was fascinated when he learned of an alternative that combined (with logical consistency) morality and ethical reasoning with cogent economic thought and a real world understanding.
Daniel is happily married to the love of his life, and together they are raising an amazing daughter. He enjoys reading and listening to audio books and podcasts in his spare time.
If you want to know about the hundreds of topics he finds interesting, we invite you back to Books of Liberty and browse through them all, read through the various blog posts in our Books of Liberty blog, or ‘Like’ our Books of Liberty Facebook page.
We’ve been getting so many questions on our choice of having a turtle/tortoise as a logo that Daniel has dedicated a blog post on the matter. Please visit our blog to find out all about our logo and explore further blog posts for other interesting content.
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