Reading List — Authoritarian Right

The word ‘conservative’ is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naïve, guilt-ridden, wet pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate members of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties. Norman Tebbit

Irving Kristol

Neo-Conservatism: The autobiography of an idea

Irving Kristol

Collection of articles and essays spanning half a century

Irwin Selzer

Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, Jeffrey O. Nelson

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia

Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. Nelson (editors)

A collection of works ranging from major conservative thinkers to stances on political issues from a conservative point of view.

David Cameron

Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative

Francis Elliott & James Hanning

Biographical account of the rise of David Cameron and his ascendance to the leadership of the Conservative Party.

George W. Bush

A MAN OF FAITH: The Spiritual Journey of George W.Bush

David Aikman

Former Time correspondent’s enthusiastic portrait

Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke

America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order

Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke

Conservatives attack neo-conservatism

Patrick J. Buchanan

The Death of the West

Patrick J. Buchanan

Argues that dying populations and immigrant invasions imperil civilisation.

William F. Buckley

Let Us Talk of Many Things

William F. Buckley

Witty and erudite collection by the patron saint of US conservatism.

Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli

A landmark 16th century treatise on Realpolitik, concerned with retaining power rather than pursuing ideals

Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes

Influential 17th century argument for the administration of government to be entrusted to one rather than many

Peter Hitchens

The Abolition of Britain

Peter Hitchens

Former socialist, journalist Peter Hitchens, argues the case for social and economic conservatism

Margaret Thatcher

… there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.

Todd Domke

Iain Dale

Alan Clark

The late Alan Clark - former Thatcher Government cabinet minister

Martin Blinkhorn

Fascists and Conservatives

Martin Blinkhorn

Another perspective, and sure to spark off some heated discussion

Roger Scruton

A leading contemporary British Conservative thinker

Conservative Thinkers: Essays from the “Salisbury Review”

Roger Scruton

John Kekes

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe: Right from the Beginning

Nicholas Kochan

A lively biography of contemporary British Conservatism’s most controversial woman

Adolf Hitler

Mein Kampf

Adolf Hitler

A rightfully vilified work and stark reminder of the dangers of history repeating itself, an important narrative on an ideology and political force that would engulf a nation.