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.