Some years before the start of the Trump era, Five Books enlisted the support of author and journalist Jonathan Rauch, also a senior fellow at Brookings, to choose ten conservative commentators and politicians and ask them to recommend the books that, for them, defined conservatism. You'll find the interviews Jonathan conducted listed below.
After the interviews were complete, we asked the panel to vote on which of the 50 or so books that had been chosen were the most important in the conservative canon. Here's the outcome of the voting, with all the books that got 5 or more votes:
Witness by Whittaker Chambers (9 votes)
The Road to Serfdom by Frederich Hayek (9 votes)
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (6 votes)
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (6 votes)
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman (5 votes)
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (5 votes)
Thinking about Crime by James Q Wilson (5 votes)
Not interested in conservatism? We also interviewed ten progressive commentators and politicians. That series can be found here.
The Federalist Papers
by Alexander Hamilton & John Jay and James Madison
Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville & Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop (translators)
The Conscience of a Conservative
by Barry Goldwater
Capitalism and Freedom
by Milton Friedman
The Theory of Moral Sentiments
by Adam Smith
Conservative broadcaster, former Arkansas governor, and possible 2012 contender challenges the concept of the elite and says that faith alone, without action, is meaningless
From immediate post-war battles against the New Deal to the rise of the neoconservative movement, Washington Post columnist and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, E J Dionne traces the growth of conservatism in America
The Hoover Institution scholar explores five books that he believes teach us something about how we are “failing to understand, appreciate and defend our liberty”
Modern conservatism is being driven by an historically unlikely coalition of libertarians and traditionalists, says the vice-president for research at the Cato Institute.
The CNN columnist and former speechwriter for George W Bush, David Frum, recommends five conservative books that transformed the way we think about fundamental problems.
The leading Conservative strategist and Head of Americans for Tax Reform argues that liberals actively undermine what makes America great. He chooses five books to better understand conservative America
The Founder and Editor of National Affairs Magazine speculates how the founding fathers of Conservatism might have been nervous about Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement
Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review from 2004 to 2013, explains how the American right reinvented itself as a cultural counter-revolution and selects five books as backgrounders to conservatism.