5. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Ayn Rand is best known for the epic work that is Atlas Shrugged. If you’re familiar with that book, think of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal as the stripped-down version. Coming in at about four hundred pages, Capitalism is a straightforward collection of essays explaining Rand’s philosophy. As suggested by the title, capitalism is a major topic of the book, but also included is a case for minimal, or minarchist, government. Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, and Alan Greenspan (before he got involved with the Federal Reserve) cover a wide range of topics in this book, making it another great one to check out.