Here is a bibliography that I have compiled. Start with the titles in red.
- Allitt, Patrick. The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History. See his audio course Conservative Tradition.
- Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World’s Classics).
- De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield & Delba Winthrop (University of Chicago).
- Eliot, T. S. Christianity and Culture (includes “The Idea of a Christian Society” and “Notes towards the Definition of Culture”).
- Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers. Edited by Terence Ball (Cambridge).
- Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling. See the chapters on Edmund Burke, Jane Austen, Benjamin Disraeli, and Michael Oakeshott.
- Kirk, Russell. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot.
- Kirk, Russell (ed.). The Portable Conservative Reader.
- MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.
- Muller, Jerry Z. Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present.
- Nash, George H. The Conservative Intellectual Movement in American Since 1945.
- Oakeshott, Michael. Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays.
- Schneider, Gregory (ed.). Conservatism in America Since 1930: A Reader.
- Scruton, Roger. The Meaning of Conservatism.
- Weaver, Richard. Ideas Have Consequences.
Read PDF booklet Ten Books That Shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance by Jeffrey O. Nelson (ISI Books).
From Benjamin Wiker, 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter *
Part 1: Just What Exactly Is Conservatism?
- Aristotle, The Politics. Edited by Stephen Everson (Cambridge).
- G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (WaterBrook Press).
- Eric Voegelin, The New Science of Politics.
- C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man.
Part 2: Democracy and the Founding of the American Republic
- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World’s Classics).
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield & Delba Winthrop (University of Chicago).
- Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers. See The Debate on the Constitution: Part One and Part Two (Library of America).
- The Anti-Federalists. See The Debate on the Constitution: Part One and Part Two (Library of America).
Part 3: The Place of Economics for Conservatives
- Hilaire Belloc, The Servile State.
- Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom.
Part 4: The Conservative Story and Conservative Stories
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Arden Shakespeare).
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics).
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.
* Editions recommended by me.
- Sam Tanenhaus on conservatism and culture
- E. J. Dionne on the appeal of conservatism
- Karl Rove on compassionate conservatism
- Peter Berkowitz on liberty and morality
- Yuval Levin on freedom isn’t enough