Blaze Books sat down with National Review's roving correspondent, New Criterion theater critic, outspoken libertarian and author of titles including the recently released "What Doomed Detroit," "The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure" and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism," Kevin Williamson, in order to get his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers' hearts. Below is the third in a multi-part series, in which we asked Williamson what three books he would give to every child, plus some commentary.
In case you missed the first two parts of our series, be sure to check them out too:
- Part I: 3 books for progressives friends and family members for the holidays
- Part II: 3 foundational books on political philosophy
Williamson's selections for children were as follows (commentary below).
1. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
2. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
3. The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
"Children are smarter than we think they are, and they should not be consigned to an intellectual ghetto. If I could pick three political books for every child or every adult, I’d pick the same three books: F. A. Hayek’s "The Road to Serfdom" and Friedman’s "Capitalism and Freedom" for policy, and James George Frazer’s "The Golden Bough," which is formally a comparative-religion book rather than a politics book, but which is full of unique insights into the nature of community life, which is what politics is all about."