Books on Our Nightstand

Below are some of the books that Gutenberg’s tutors read during the last year. Amazon links are included if you would like to learn more about these books.

Post below the books on your nightstand.


Dick Booster: The Law by Frederick Bastiat

Written two years after the French Revolution of 1848, The Law appeals to the French people reminding them of the proper sphere of the law and government.


David Crabtree: In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

Tells the story of an American ambassador escaping from Nazi Germany with his family. A page turner from the same author as Devil in the White City.


Jack Crabtree: The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility by Angelo M. Codevilla.

In this cross-cultural study, Codevilla illustrates that as people shape their governments, they shape themselves. Draws broadly from the depths of history, from the Roman republic to de Tocqueville’s America, as well as from personal and scholarly observations of the world in the twentieth century.


Tim McIntosh: Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman.

Friedman’s thesis is that our public problems are not intellectual, but emotional. We live in a time that rejects strong, decisive leadership. Leaders ought to recognize that good leadership demands “differentiation,” the ability to maintain emotional strength despite inevitable sabotage from our “leadership-toxic climate.”

Eliot Grasso: Art in Action  by Nicolas Wolterstorff.

Eliot writes: “This was the best book I read all year because it not only explained clearly many issues I’ve wanted to voice about institutionalized art, but it also offered a better way to think about art in the world using a Christian philosophical framework. In short, Wolterstorff disagrees with the idea that art is defined by the fact that it is a mere object of contemplation. Rather, Wolterstorff argues that art is an instrument by which we achieve other actions.”


Charley Dewberry: Principles of Political Economy by John Stuart Mill.

A classic in which Mill discusses the desirability of sustained growth of national wealth and population, the merits of capitalism versus socialism, and the suitable scope of government intervention in the competitive market economy.


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