Counter-Revolutionary Reading List

I: First Steps

Hans Herman Hoppe - Democracy: The God That Failed
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn - The Menace of the Herd
Plinio Correa de Oliveira - Revolution and Counter-Revolution
Charles A. Coulombe - Star Spangled Crown
St. Thomas Aquinas - De Regno: Ad Regem Cypri 

II: Further Explorations

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn - Liberty or Equality

III: High Culture

Roger Scruton - Beauty
Roger Scruton - The Aesthetics of Architecture
Roger Scruton - Understanding Music
Matthew Arnold - Culture and Anarchy
Harold Bloom - The Western Canon

IV: Traditional Christianity

G.K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy
Venerable Fulton Sheen - The Moral Universe
Hilaire Belloc - Survivals and New Arrivals
Michael Walsh - Roman Catholicism: The Basics
Archbishop James Gibbons - The Faith of Our Fathers
Henri Daniel Rops - This is the Mass
Fr. Frederick William Faber - The Precious Blood or the Price of Our Salvation
Fr. Frederick William Faber - The Creator and The Creature
Robert Hugh Benson - Christ in the Church
Cardinal Manning - The Holy Ghost, The Sanctifier
Colin Lindsay - The Evidence for the Papacy
Fr. Joseph Deharbe - A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion
Seraphim Rose - Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future
Charles A. Coulombe - Everyman Today Call Rome

V: History Revisited

Admiral Raphael Semmes - Memoirs of Service Afloat
Anne Jean Marie René Savary - Memoirs of the Duke of Rovigo
Claude François de Méneval - Memoirs to Serve for the History of Napoleon I
K. P Pobyedonostseff - Reflections of a Russian Statesman 
Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France
Regine Pernoud - Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths
Lothrop Stoddard - The French Revolution on San Domingo
Sidney George Fisher - True History of the American Revolution
Lawrence H. Keeley - War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage
Alexis de Tocqueville - The Old Regime and the Revolution
Peter Oliver - Origin and Progress of the American Rebellion
Charles A. Coulombe - Puritan's Empire

For works on politics and political philosophy, the many works of de Maistre, de Bonald, and Bossuet are recommended.

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  1. I would add Donoso Cortes, Salvany, Greene's Power and Glory, Lord of The World, the papal documents against modernism, Codreanu's For My Legionaries, Nicolas Gomez Davila. Just a few off the top of my head.

  2. Under the category "Traditional Christianity" I would strongly suggest deleting James Cardinal Gibbons' book. It is liberal and Americanist. However, I do suggest adding Louis Veuillot's "The Liberal Illusion", Roger Buck's "The Gentle Traditionalist", and Rama Coomaraswamy, "The Destruction of Christian Tradition". I also suggest a category be added entitled "Folk Culture" which is the commoner's complement to High Culture, both in opposition to contemporary popular ersatz culture.