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Books and References

I want to pay tribute to Richard Grove the Artist responsible for creating the Tragedy and Hope online community, “Without his modern day artistic productions of weeding through the (information) noise to get to the signal, I would not be in the position I am to put this site together.”

Although I have read and listened to many books, i’ve only just scratched the surface on this list. My plan is to one day set sail with a boat full of books.

All the books listed below have been entered into the Complete Autodidact Polymath BookStore for your convenience.

The Great Books of the Western World

Great Books of the Western World – Mortimer J Adler
The Great Books of the Western World – Robert Maynard Hutchins

The Ancients – Greek & Roman Literature

Gorgias – Plato
The Republic – Plato

Phaedrus – Plato
The Art of Rhetoric – Aristotle

Middle Ages & Renaissance

Utopia – Sir. Thomas More


Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
Nineteen-Eighty Four – George Orwell
The Diamond Smugglers – Ian Fleming
The Emperor’s Handbook – Marcus Aurelius
The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli


America’s Secret Establishment – Anthony Sutton
Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era – Zbigniew Brzezinski
Buckminster Fuller’s Universe: His Life and Work
Builders of Empire: Freemasons and British Imperialism, 1717-1927
Common Sense – Thomas Paine
By R. Buckminster Fuller – Critical Path (2nd)

“Directed History is Not Conspiracy Theory” – Steven Yates
Dope Inc.: Britain’s Opium War Against the U.S. – ?
Edmund De Rothschild: A Gilt-Edged Life – Edmund De Rothschild
Elusive Rothschild: The Life of Victor, Third Baron – Kenneth Rose

Fire In The Minds of Men – Origins of the Revolutionary Faith – James H. Billington
Grunch of Giants – R. Buckminster Fuller
Memoirs – David Rockefeller
Propaganda – Edward L. Bernays
Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making – David J. Rothkopf
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought From Ancient Times to Today – Martin Seymour-Smith
The Evolution of Civilizations – Carroll Quigley
The Lessons of History – Will Durant
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry – Manly P. Hall
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America – Hugh Wilford
The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology (Monographs on the History of & Philosophy of Biology) – Lily E. Kay
The Old Boys: The American Elite and the origins of the CIA – Burton Hersh
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – Simon Winchester
The Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins – Manly P. Hall
The Secret Destiny of America – Manly P. Hall
The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations – Shaping the Moral, Spiritual, Cultural, and Economic Decline of the United States of America – Dr. John Coleman
The Use of Human Beings – Norbert Wiener
Tragedy And Hope – A History of the World In Our Time – Carroll Quigley
The Reece Committee Report – Norman A. Dodd & Carroll Reece


Dumbing Us Down – John Taylor Gatto
How The Order Controls Education – Anthony C. Sutton
Outcome-Based Education – Understanding the Truth About Education Reform – Ron Sunseri
Paedia Proposal – Mortimer J. Adler
Reforming Education – Mortimer J. Adler
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America – Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
The Underground History of American Education – John Taylor Gatto
Weapons Of Mass Instruction – John Taylor Gatto


Lectures on Ancient Philosophy – Manly P. Hall
On Intelligence – Jeff Hawkins & Sandra Blakeslee
Philosophical Provocations – What Don’T You Know? – Michael LaBossiere
Six Great Ideas – Mortimer J. Adler
Story of Philosophy – Will Durant
The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey Into the Brain – Paul M. Churchland
The Impact of Science on Society – Bertrand Russell
The Logic of Scientific Discovery – Karl Popper
The Scientific Outlook – Bertrand Russell

Health & Psychology

Non-Violent Communication, A Language of Life – Create Your Life, Your Relationships and Your World In Harmony With Your Values – Marshall B. Rosenberg
Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View – Stanley Milgram
Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order – Edward Alsworth Ross
The Human Body: A Basic Guide to the Way You Fit Together  – Moff Betts
“How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Stress” – William F. Doverspike Ph.D.

Religion & Mysticism

A Lexicon of Freemasonry – Albert Gallatin MacKey
Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook – Joscelyn Godwin
Perfectibilists – Terry Melanson
Pistis Sophia – G.R.S. Mead
Principles of Masonic Law – Albert Gallatin MacKey
The Cypher of Genesis: The Original Code of the Qabala as Applied to the Scriptures – Carlo Suares
The Golden Thread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Tradition – Joscelyn Godwin
The Mystery of the Seven Vowels: In Theory and Practice – Joscelyn Godwin
The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance – Joscelyn Godwin
The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Roricrucian Symbolical Philosophy – Manly P. Hall
The Secret Temple – Peter Levanda

Politics & Law

America’s Secret Establishment – An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones – Antony C. Sutton
Anglo-American Establishment – Carroll Quigley
Crystallizing Public Opinion – Edward L. Bernays
Fabian Essays in Socialism – George Bernard Shaw
Fabian Freeway – Martin Rose
Glitter and Greed – The Secret World of the Diamond Cartel – Janine Roberts
Global Networks – Mark Lombardi
Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy – Laurence H. Shoup
National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union – Antony C. Sutton
On War – Cal von Clausewitz
Propaganda – Edward L Bernays
Public Opinion – Walter Lippmann
The Federal Reserve Conspiracy – Antony C. Sutton
The Greek Commonwealth: Politics and Economics in Fifth Century Athens – Alfred Zimmern
The History of the Rhodes Trust: 1902-1999 – Anthony Kenny
The Last Will And Testament of Cecil John Rhodes – William T. Stead
The Law – Frederic Bastiat
The New World Order – H.G. Wells
The Open Conspiracy – H.G. Wells
The Rockefeller File – Gary Allen
The Secrets of the Federal Reserve – Eustace Mullins
The Shape of Things to Come – H.G. Wells
The World Order – Eustace Mullins
Triumphant Democracy – Andrew Carnegie
UNESCO: Its Purpose and Philosophy – Julian Huxley
Union Now With Britain – Clarence K. Streit
Universities and Empire: Money and Politics in the Social Sciences During the Cold War – Christopher Simpson
Wall-Street and FDR – Antony C. Sutton
Wall-Street and the Bolshevik Revolution – The Remarkable True Story of the American Capitalists Who Financed the Russian Communists – Antony C. Sutton
Wall-Street and the Rise of Hitler – The Astonishing Story of the American Financiers Who Bankrolled the Nazis – Antony C. Sutton
War Is A Racket – The Antiwar Classic By America’s Most Decorated General – Smedley D. Butler


Run From the Cure – Ron Simpson
The Emperor Wears No Clothes – Jack Herer
The Manchurian Candidate – Richard Condon


Adler’s Philosophical Dictionary – Mortimer J. Adler
Black’s Law Dictionary
Dictionary of Law: Revised and Updated Guide to the language of Law – Merriam-Webster
M-W Premium Gift Set
– Merriam-Webster


Euclid’s The Elements
John Taylor Gatto
Rhetological Fallacies – Errors and Manipulations of Rhetoric and L…
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America – Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
“The Trivium Study Guide” – Gene Odening
Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies
“Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s …” – David Dunning & Justin Kruger
Logical Fallacies Handlist: Arguments To Avoid When Writing


The Hidden Agenda: How the Foundations controlling Education are also creating a World Government – An Interview with Norman Dodd (Transcript & Video) by G. Edward Griffin
Gnostic Media Podcasts – Ep. 49 & 50

The Trivium & Quadrivium

Logical Fallacies Infographic
42 Fallacies –
Michael Labossiere 42-fallacies
A General and Rational Grammar, Containing the Fundamental Principles of the Art of Speaking – Antoine Arnauld
A Little Book of Coincidence – John Martineau
An Introduction to Logic – H. W. B. Joseph
A School Compendium of Natural and Experimental Philosophy: Embracing Elementary Principles of Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electro-Magnetism, Magneto-Electricity – Richard Green Parker
Basic Skills Better Sentence Structure Through Diagramming Book 1 – Gregg Carnevale & Mark Dressel
Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales – J. Stephen Russell
Classical Rhetoric For the Modern Student – Edward P. J. Corbett & Robert J. Connors
Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle, Student Guide – Martin Cothran
Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin – Tracy Lee Simmons
Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin – Tracy Lee Simmons
INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE TRIVIUM OF CLASSICAL EDUCATION: Its Historical Development, Decline in the Last Century, and Resurgence in Recent Decades
Diagramming Sentences – Deborah White Broadwater
Earth Grids – Hugh Newman
Essential Elements: Atoms, Quarks, and the Periodic Table – Matt Tweed
Principles of General Grammar – Jean Roemer
Grammar & Diagramming Sentences – Nan DeVincent-Hayes
Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music – Anthony Ashton
How To Read A Book – Mortimer J. Adler

Increasing Academic Achievement With The Trivium Of Classical Education: It’s Historical Development,Introduction to Logic – Irving M. Copi & Carl Cohen
Islamic Design: A Genius For Geometry – Daud Sutton
Laws of Media: The New Science – Marshall McLuhan & Eric McLuhan
Less Than Words Can Say, and The Underground Grammarian
– Richard Mitchel
Li: Dynamic Form in Nature – David Wade
Logic: An Introduction
Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language – Robert J. Gula
Platonic & Archimedean Solids – Daud Sutton

Principles of General Grammar – A. J. Sylvester de Sacy
Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof (Wooden Books)– Burkard Polster
Quadrivium: The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music & Cosmology – Miranda Lundy, Anthony Ashton, Dr. Jason Martineau, Daud Sutton & John Martineau

Rex Barks: Diagramming Sentences Made Easy – Phyllis Davenport
Ruler & Compass: Practical Geometric Constructions – Andrew Sutton
Sacred Geometry – Miranda Lundy
Sacred Number: The Secret Quality of Quantities – Miranda Lundy
Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences – Kitty Burns Florey
Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles – Peter Kreeft
Stonehenge –  Robin Heath
Sun, Moon & Earth – Robin Heath
Symmetry: The Ordering Principle – David Wade
Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in A Classical Style – Harvey Bluedorn & Laurie Bluedorn
The Alchemist’s Kitchen: Extraordinary Potions & Curious Notions – Guy Ogilvy
The Didascalion of Hugh Saint Victor: A Guide to the Arts – Hugh of Saint Victor
The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time – Marshall McLuhan
The Classical Trivium Remains The Best Course of Learning” – Terrence Moore
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education – Leigh A. Bortins
The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony – Dr. Jason Martineau
The Essential Guide to Rhetoric – William M. Keith & Christian O. Lundberg
The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret – Scott Olsen
The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be An Educated Human Being – Spring Arbor/Ingram
The Human Body: A Basic Guide to the Way You Fit Together – Moff Betts
The Lost Tools of Learning and The Mind Of The Maker – Dorothy Sayers
The Metalogicon – A Twelfth-Century Defense of the Verbal & Logical Arts of the Trivium – John of Salisbury
The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library: An Anthology of Ancient Writings Which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy – Phanes Press
The Trivium Binder – Jarret Sanchez
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric – Sister Miriam Joseph
The War Against Grammar – David Mulroy
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had – Susan Wise Bauer
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home – Susan Wise Bauer
Trivium – Jane Smith
Trivium Mastery: The Intersection of Three Roads: How to Give Your Child an Authentic Home Education – Diane Lockman
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man: Critical Edition – Marshall McLuhan
Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae – Matthew Watkins
War and Peace in the Global Village – Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore
Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom – Victor Davis Hanson & John Heath

The Trivium
1. Grammar

A General and Rational Grammar – Antoine Arnauld
Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia For Greek & Latin – Tracy Lee Simmons
Diagramming Sentences – Mark Twain Media
Getting Started With Latin – William E. Linney
Grammar: The Structure of Language – Rachel Grenon
How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler
Principles of General Grammar – Antoine Isaac Silvestre De Sacy
Principles of General Grammar – Jean Roemer
Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming – Kitty Burns Florey
The Complete Writer – Susan Wise Bauer
The Core – Leigh Bortins
The Little English Handbook – Edward P. J. Corbett

2. Logic

An Introduction to Logic – Morris Cohen
Chance, Love & Logic – Charles Sanders Pierce
Elementary Lessons in Logic – William Stanley Jevons
Essentials of Logic – Irving M. Copi
Informal Logic – Douglas Walton
Informal Logic – Irving M. Copi
Introduction to Logic – Irving M. Copi
Introduction to Logic – Charles W. Kegley
Logic – Lionel Ruby
Logic Matters – P.T. Geach
Philosophy of Logics – Susan Haack
Rulebook for Arguments – Anthony Weston
Socratic Logic – Peter Kreeft
Symbolic Logic – Irving M. Copi
The Logic Handbook – Stephen Donaho
What Don’T You Know? – Michael LaBossiere

3. Rhetoric

A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms
A Rhetoric of Argument: Text and Reader with Catalyst Access Card
– Jeanne FahnestockClassical Rhetoric for the Modern Student – Edward P.J. CorbettFarnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric – Ward FarnsworthHow to Speak, How to Listen – Mortimer J. AdlerHow to Talk – John Clapp MantleStyle & Statement – Edward P.J. Corbett

The Quadrivium

Platonic and Archimedean Solids – Daud Sutton
Quadrivium: The Four Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music & Cosmology – Miranda Lundy, Daud Sutton, Anthony Ashton
School Compendium of Natural and Experimental Philosophy – Richard Green Parker
Sciencia: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy for All – Burkard Polster, Gerard Cheshire, Matt Tweed, Matthew Watkins, Moff Betts

4. Mathematics

Li: Dynamic Form in Nature – David Wade
Pi & the English Alphabet Vol.1 – Marty Leeds
Pi: The Great Work – Marty Leeds
Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof – Burkard Polster
The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret – Scott Olsen
Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae – Matthew Watkins

5. Geometry

Earth Grids – The Secret Patterns of Gaia’s Sacred Sites – Hugh Newman
Islamic Design – Daud Sutton
Perspective & Other Optical Illusions – Phoebe McNaughton
Ruler & Compass: Practical Geometric Constructions – Andrew Sutton
Sacred Geometry – Miranda LundySymmetry – David Wade
The Elements – Euclid

6. Music

Euphonics: A Poet’s Dictionary of Sounds – John Michell
Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music – Anthony Ashton
The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm and Harmony – Jason Martineau

7. Astronomy

Sun, Moon & Earth – Robin Heath
The Compact Cosmos – Matt Tweed

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