2019 Reading List

January: Charles R Kesler’s America’s Cold Civil War & Thomas L Friedman’s The American Civil War, Part II.

February: William Wilberforce: A Man Who Changed His Times

March: Culture –TBD

April 30: Brave New World – Huxley


July 30 Summer Read: TBD


August 27:  Economics – TBD

September 24: This Child Will Be Great – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

October 29: Society – TBD

November 19: How much Land Does a Man Need – Tolstoy

2018 Reading List


January: Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela

February: Politics and the English Language – George Orwell

March: Letters From Vincent van Gogh

April: Wrestling With God – Simone Weil 


August: “Lessons From History” by Will and Ariel Durant (reread with different discussion)

September: “Shantung Compound” by Langdon Gilke 

October: God’s Grandeur: The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

November: “The Golden Key” by George MacDonald

2017 Reading List

January – To Bigotry No Sanction – George Washington

February – Sacred & Profane Love – John Donne

March – The Loss of the University – Wendell Berry

April – The Lottery – Shirley Jackson

May – Break

June – Break

July – Break

August – TBA

September – The Birthmark – Nathaniel Hawthorne

October – Oracle of the Dog – G.K. Chesterton

November – Babette’s Feast – Isak Deinesen

December – Break

2016 Reading List

January – On The Reading Of Old Books – C.S. Lewis

“Reading and the Growth of the Mind” from How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler

February – The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri

March – The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

April – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg – Mark Twain

May – Break

June – Break

July – Break

August – The Wager – Blaise Pascal

September – Cry The Beloved Country – Alan Paton

October – The Gospel of Wealth – Andrew Carnegie

November – Messiah – Handel

December – Break

2015 Reading List

For meeting times and location details select your closest city: Dallas or Fort Worth.

January – A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

February – The Wager – Blaise Paschal

March – Revelation – Flannery O’Connor

April – The Purchase of a Soul – Victor Hugo

May – Break

June – Break

July – Break

August – Why Work – Dorothy Sayers

September – Lessons from History – Will and Ariel Durant

October – The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

November – Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

December – Break

2014 Reading List

For meeting times and location details select your closest city: Dallas or Fort Worth.

January – On Friendship – Cicero

February – Two Old Men – Leo Tolstoy

March – Ex Tenebris – Russell Kirk

April – On Being Human – Woodrow Wilson

May – Break

June – Break

July – Break

August – City of God – Augustine

September – Pericles’ Funeral Oration – Thucydides

October – Telling Truth to Kings – Reinhold Schneider

November – Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville

December – Break

2013 Reading List

The 2013 readings are taken from What So Proudly We Hail.

January – National Identity:  Why Should It Matter?

February – Selections from The American Creed & The American Character

The Virtues of Civic Life

March – Self-Command and Self-Respect

April – Law-Abidingness and Justice: Toward Public Order

  • Abraham Lincoln, “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions”
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • Susan Glaspell, “A Jury of Her Peers”

May – Courage and Self-Sacrifice: Toward Country and Its Ideals

  • John McCain (with Mark Salter), “On Roy Benavidez”
  • Sullivan Ballou, Letter to Sarah
  • Michael Shaara, “Chamberlain,” from The Killer Angels
  • George S. Patton Jr., Speech to the Third Army
  • Stephen Crane, “The Veteran”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet, “The Devil and Daniel Webster”

June – Civility, Tolerance, Compassion: Toward Neighbors

  • Ring Lardner, “Contract”
  • Stephen Crane, “The Blue Hotel”
  • Wallace Stegner, “The Traveler”
  • Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”

July – Break—No Meeting

August – Public-Spiritedness, Charity, Reverence: Toward the Public Goods

  • Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat”
  • John F. Kelly, Veterans Day Speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis
  • Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
  • John Updike, “The Deacon”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “The Artificial Nigger”
  • Homer Hickam, “Dosie, of Killakeet Island”

The Goals of Civic Life

September – Lifting the Floor

  • Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
  • Thomas Jefferson, Writings on Education
  • Frederick Douglass, “Why Should a Colored Man Enlist?”
  • Booker T. Washington, “Democracy and Education”
  • W.E.B. DuBois, “The Talented Tenth”
  • Wallace Stegner, “He Who Spits at the Sky”
  • Willa Cather, “The Best Years”

October – Elevating the Ceiling

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Artist of the Beautiful”
  • Ralph Ellison, “The Little Man at Chehaw Station: The American Artist and His Audience”
  • John Updike, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu”
  • Herman Melville, “Lee in the Capitol”
  • John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

November – Preservation and Perpetuation

  • Ring Lardner, “Old Folks’ Christmas”
  • Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”
  • George Washington, Farewell Address
  • Theodore Roosevelt, “Manhood and Statehood”
  • Calvin Coolidge, Speech on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched with Fire”
  • George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • O. Henry, “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”

December – Break—No Meeting

2012 Reading List

March – The Theory of Moral Sentiments – Adam Smith

April – The Grand Inquisitor – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

May – The Strangest Story in the World – G.K. Chesterton

June – A Spiritual Pilgrimage – Malcolm Muggeridge

July – Break

August – Politics, Morality, and Civility – Vaclav Havel

September – The Oak and the Calf – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

October – Who Stands Fast? – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

November – Hannah and Nathan – Wendell Berry