"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be" - Thomas Jefferson

A few years ago, I spent a period of time where I was tutoring home school students in mathematics.  On that occasion, I did quite a bit of research into school curricula and what was being taught in our schools. Frankly, it shook my belief that the United States could survive as a free nation and remain competitive on the world stage.

One thing that I am certain of is that we, as a nation, MUST correct the education level of our electorate. It is why my family has chosen to home school and was the genesis of what has become The EIMASE School. These books are not our course texts, rather are more along the lines of recommended reading. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. -- William E. Sadler

Non-Fiction

Mathematics

Calculus Made Easy by  Silvanius P. Thompson and Martin Gardner

My experience with poorly performing mathematics students lies almost 100% with poorly performing Mathematics instructors. Teachers who do not have 'deep knowledge' of their subjects cannot teach those subjects unless they are of the most trivial nature. This book is written by individuals with that knowledge, who have managed to successfully convert it into an excellent treatment of the Calculus.

History / Economics

Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History by Milton Friedman

So what is money? Are you sure? Why in the world should I work for little green pieces of paper? Well, why should you take little green papers and give me eggs? Oh yeah, what if I don't believe that you'll keep giving me eggs for paper? Why should I care that the Fed is putting $40bn / month (!!!) into the banks? What is value? How can value actually be created? Is value an absolute or is it relative? How can value be destroyed? If you cannot give hard answers to these questions, you don't actually know what money is - if that's the case, how can you intelligently choose a candidate for office? How can you judge between economic proposals? In this book, Friedman answers those questions and might surprise you.
The 5000 Year Leap (Original Authorized Edition) by W. Cleon Skousen

The book asserts that the United States prospered because it was established upon universal natural law principles passed down from Common Law and traditional Judeo-Christian morality, as many of the Founding Fathers were guided by the Bible among others, and consequently that the U.S. Constitution incorporates enlightened ideas.

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

If you are interested in the Source of American Capitalism - here it is summarized. In many ways, this book written in 1776 is the blueprint for how the American Economic system was designed. Compare and contrast to what we are doing now with our debt and Government intervention and you will have an inkling as to why many people are becoming interested in 'prepping'

Fiction

Sci-Fi

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

A classic for all times.  The book would be invaluable if only for the lessons in 'History and Moral Philosophy'. Covers a very deep topic - why we should fight and why we do fight. How high up the moral ladder can you climb? Selfishness? Family? Community? Nation? Aside from the excellent philosophy, the book itself is an excellent read as it follows recruit Rico through his career in the Mobile Infantry. By all means read the book - skip the movie!
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

In much the same way Rawles' book "Founders" has a blueprint for resistance fighters, so too does this novel from Heinlein present methodology for asymmetrical warfare thinly disguised as science fiction. If you read not just for pleasure, but attempt to divine the real information contained within this book, you can learn how insurgencies the world over have operated, how they communicate, and the requirements for success and failure.