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These books were referenced in the text:

Chapter 1, Enthusiasm to Attack
"Fleet Tactics", by Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr.
"Attacks", by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

Chapter 3, Fundamental Concepts
"The Wealth of Nations", by Adam Smith
"The Communist Manifesto", by Karl Marx
"Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand
"The Selfish Gene", by Richard Dawkins

Chapter 10, Employment Trends
"The Innovator's Dilemma", by Clayton Christensen

Chapter 11, Math and Science
"Saxon Math 54 through Calculus", by Stephen Hake, John Saxon
"Saxon Physics", by John Saxon
"Caveman Chemistry", by Kevin M. Dunn
"Schaum's Chemistry Outline(s)", by George Odian, et al
"Schaum's Differential Equations Outline(s)", by Richard Bronson
"Schaum's Linear Algebra Outline(s)", by Seymour Lipschutz, et al
"Practical Electrical Wiring", by Richter and Hartwell
"Wiring a House", by Rex Cauldwell
"Schaum's Electrical Engineering Outline(s)", J. J. Cathey, et al

Chapter 12, Scholarship and Sadi Carnot
"Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire", by Sadi Carnot

Chapter 13, The Idea Factory
"Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion", by Robert B. Cialdini

Chapter 16, On International Relations
"The Making of the Atomic Bomb", by Richard Rhodes
"On Thermonuclear War", by Herman Kahn

Chapter 20, Smoke Filled Rooms
"The Federalist Papers", by Hamilton, Madison and Jay




Chapter 1, Enthusiasm to Attack

Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat
by Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr.

This book on naval warfare provides an excellent history of the subject, and illustrates the importance of attacking effectively first. Too often, our enemies have learned this lesson instead as we sit and wait for the first blows to fall.

Attacks
by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

This book on ground warfare in World War I describes in detail the thought processes of a young Lieutenant Erwin Rommel as he led his small units into victory against much larger enemy units, often capturing many more enemy soldiers than the size of his own unit.

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Chapter 3, Fundamental Concepts

The Wealth of Nations (Bantam Classics)
by Adam Smith

This timeless classic is the foundation of capitalism and highlights the essence of free trade. Modern artifical influences have only obscured its validity today, but eventually free market forces will restore these ideas to their rightful place.

The Communist Manifesto: Complete With Seven Rarely Published Prefaces
by Karl Marx

The timeless foundation of collectivist thought, this little book rings eerily in our modern ears as the monkeys seek to bash Adam Smith's work to bits.

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand

A half-century ago Ayn recognized where we are headed as a nation today. And yet, her naive optimism led her to overlook a few key differences in our world versus hers. Readers of "Starving the Monkeys" will know better.

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition--with a new Introduction by the Author
by Richard Dawkins

This book introduces the science of genetics and evolutionary principles using well-documented and easily understood examples. The author also introduces the concept of memes, or memory genes, and describes how ideas, good and bad, tend to spread through a culture. The sucker / cheater / grudger model is also key to understanding how monkeys thrive.

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Chapter 10, Employment Trends

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business (Collins Business Essentials)
by Clayton Christensen

This book describes a common problem faced by all innovators. New ideas often have to be championed by an individual against rooted interests, but once the innovation has been accepted, it is yanked from his hands to be exploited by those who had disdained it the day before.

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Chapter 11, Math and Science

Find the Saxon math courses at the Home School Super Center.
Amazon has these, but you want to make sure you get the three-piece kits with the book, the test package and the answer key. It is difficult to tell on amazon.com which is which. Also, don't try to get them from Harcourt, their latest publisher, or try to ask them to clear up the confusion as they only seem interested in talking to formal educators. The best resource is to get them from the Home School Super Center, linked above. Make sure you get the kits with those three items. I'm afraid to give you a direct link as they change about every thirty minutes, so go there and drill down through Shop Here Now and then Math on the left. It may be totally different by the time you read this.

If you are an educator and think you can put together materials as good as the Saxon stuff, and can cut out all the monkeys at Harcourt that get in the way, let's talk.

Find the Saxon physics course at the Home School Super Center.
Same narrative as above, only this time drill down through Physics on the left. You may want to get the solutions guide also if you are rusty and want to see how each problem is solved in detail.

And I make the same appeal to educators. Other than that, this is a great course.

Caveman Chemistry: 28 Projects, from the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics
by Kevin M. Dunn

If you have never really felt up to chemistry, but might enjoy the subject, this book is for you. Each chapter of this book takes you progressively from fire to plastics and walks you through interesting experiments that you can do on your own. Along the way, Kevin gives you an interesting twist on the history of the human race.

Schaum's Outline Of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
by George Odian, et al

This is only one of many Schaum's outlines available for chemistry. Some may wish to go with a more beginning version, while others may wish to try for more advanced versions. In any event, these outlines are a useful source of solved problems to supplement a used chemistry text, provided you can't get a teacher's edition.

Schaum's Outline of Differential Equations, 3rd edition (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Richard Bronson

As with chemistry, there are many different versions of Schaum's titles for differential equations to supplement your self-study with solved problems.

Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra Fourth Edition (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Seymour Lipschutz, et al

Again, choose an option that is more comfortable for you. There is a more beginner version than this one.

Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial and Industrial: Based on the 2008 National Electrical Code (Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial & Industr)
by Richter and Hartwell

This book contains a lot of background information behind home and commercial electrical work.

Wiring a House (For Pros by Pros)
by Rex Cauldwell

This book is more of an electrician's tutorial, and is a modern equivalent to an apprenticeship.

Schaum's Outline of Basic Electrical Engineering
by J. J. Cathey

Like all the Schaum's topics, there are many options. After working through this one you may want to branch out into different topic areas. Search amazon.com for "Schaum Electrial Engineering" and you'll see what I mean.

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Chapter 12, Scholarship and Sadi Carnot

Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire: And Other Papers on the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Dover Books on Physics)
by Sadi Carnot

In 1824 this book launched the entire field of thermodynamics, and should be taught in every highschool physics class. Sadi created much of this work by just simply thinking about it.

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Chapter 13, The Idea Factory

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials)
by Robert B. Cialdini

This book has a heavy sales and marketing perspective, and contains an excellent sampling of simple triggers for encouraging compliance.

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Chapter 16, On International Relations

The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes

This book details the history of nuclear science up to and including the development of the first atomic bomb. Between the lines is an interesting perspective of how accessible nuclear science was to people that had understanding but lacked modern technology.

On Thermonuclear War
by Herman Kahn

In 1960 Herman Kahn wrote this book to describe, in analytical detail, the outcome of a spectrum of nuclear wars between the United States and the Soviet Union. The conclusions he reached in this book were shockingly optimistic, sparking a wave of left-wing outrage against him and his work.

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Chapter 20, Smoke Filled Rooms

The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics)
by Hamilton, Madison and Jay

The essential reference as to the debates surrounding the establishment of true federalism, in which the states rule and govern at the national level.

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