Real News Co-Host on TheBlaze TV, Host of the Buck Sexton Show on TheBlaze Radio, TheBlaze National Security Editor, ex-CIA Agent, NYPD Intelligence Division Specialist, fiery libertarian, scholar, and gentlemen, Buck Sexton was kind enough to sit down with Blaze Books to give us his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers’ hearts.
Below is the second set in a multi-part series, in which Buck gives us his three favorite biographies, followed by some pithy commentary on each of his selections. In case you missed Buck’s three best books on intelligence, be sure to check them out too.
1. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by William Manchester
Winston Churchill faced down Hitler and the Nazi war machine, but his early life- how he became Churchill, if you will — is just as fascinating in many ways. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one, because this work by Manchester is a contender for the best biography ever written. Bold statement? Sure, but we are talking Churchill here, folks.
2. Witness by Whitaker Chambers
Yes, Communists infiltrated the US government at the highest levels after World War II. And yet the American left still pretends it was all a “red scare” despite the irrefutable evidence to the contrary. In “Witness,” Whittaker Chambers crafts an autobiography that not only takes you deep into the bowels of the American Communist Underground- he exposes Communism as an existential threat to western civilization. You must read this book. Seriously.
3. Peter the Great by Robert Massie
Most high school classes spend about five minutes on seventeenth and eighteenth century Russian history (if that). What a mistake. The country that would one day become America’s mortal enemy as the Soviet Union and almost took us to the brink of nuclear war- yeah, it actually has a pretty fascinating history of its own. And among its most colorful- and influential- figures is Peter the Great. In this masterful biography, you learn about the man who transformed a mystical, backwards Russian state into a rising regional power with Western aspirations. Also, Sweden was a big deal militarily at the time (no, seriously) that forced Peter into the greatest showdown of his life. Even if you don’t care much for Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, or vodka, this book is awesome.