Recommended Reading

The Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand (Introduction)
What determines history? Dr. Peikoff lucidly explains the cause of Nazism and World War II, by tracing this 20th century event back to a war of ideas between Aristotle and Plato at the beginning of recorded history. A brilliant case study in how philosophical ideas impact history. Highly Recommended
"Philosophy and Psychology in History," by Leonard Peikoff. Published in The Objectivist Forum (October 1985)
For The New Intellectual By Ayn Rand
Capitalism : The Unknown Ideal By Ayn Rand
CUI several articles focusing on various historical aspects of capitalism. These articles include: The Roots of War, America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business, Antitrust, Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise, The Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Women and Children, and Let Us Alone!
Historians' Fallacies by David Hackett Fischer
The New History and the Old by Gertrude Himmlefarb
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
"The last chapter of Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism is the most brilliant exposition I have ever read on the relationship between philosophy and history." Related Link: the official web site for the book.
The Myth of the Robber Barrons by Burton W. Folsom, Jr.
The Killing of History by Keith Windschuttle
An Intellectual and Cultural History of the Western World by Barnes
A History of Western Philosophy By WT Jones 
The Western Intellectual Tradition by Bronowski and Mazlish
The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas
The Making of the Modern Mind by J. H. Randall
The Black Book of Communism : Crimes, Terror, Repression This international bestseller examines the recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.


"In college, I had taken history as my major subject, and philosophy as my special interest; the first---in order to have a factual knowledge of men's past, for my future writing; the second---in order to achieve an objective definition of my values. I found that the first could be learned, but the second had to be done by me."

--Ayn Rand


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