Forum for Democracy highly recommends these Books

The books listed on this page were some of the major sources of ideas and inspiration for Forum for Democracy. We believe that every citizen will benefit from reading these books. They are especially useful if you are enrolled in Forum for Democracy for college credit.


Leading the Charge

by General Tony Zinni



A Time to Fight

by Senator Jim Webb


(May be read in place of, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers by Chuck Hagel)

America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers

by Senator Chuck Hagel


(May be read in place of, "A Time to Fight", by Senator Jim Webb)

The Majesty of the Law

by Sandra Day O'Connor



Forum for Democracy highly recommends watching the following DVD's

9/11 - The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition (2002)


World Trade Center - In Memoriam (2001)


Food, Inc. (2008)


King Corn (Green Packaging) (2007)


The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns (1990)


The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2007)


Ken Burns Presents: The West


Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition) (1993)


Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)


Ken Burns - American Lives (Thomas Jefferson / Lewis & Clark / Frank Lloyd Wright / Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B Anthony / Mark Twain / Horatio's Drive / Unforgivable Blackness) (2005)


The World at War (30th Anniversary Edition) (1974)


Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD DVD]


An Inconvenient Truth (2006)


Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)


Sicko (Special Edition) (2007)


i.o.u.s.a. (2008)


The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World (2008)


The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2004)


The History Channel Presents The Revolution


Liberty! The American Revolution


John Adams (HBO Miniseries) (2008)


We Shall Remain


Hillary The Movie (2008)


The First World War - The Complete Series


Walter Cronkite Remembers - 3 DVD COLLECTOR'S EMBOSSED TIN!


The Rape of Europa (2007)


World War II: Behind Closed Doors (2008)


The Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Moment in History (ABC News) (2009)


Lion Of The Senate (2009)


Mark Twain Tonight (1967)


The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man (2009)


Founding Fathers (2000)


Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005)


Good Night, and Good Luck (Widescreen Edition) (2005)


Ronald Reagan - An American President (The Official Reagan Library Tribute) (2005)


NBC News Presents: Yes We Can! - The Barack Obama Story (2009)


American Experience: George H.W. Bush (2008)


American Experience: Truman (2006)



Forum for Democracy highly recommends reading the following books

The Healing of America

by T. R. Reid


The Shock Doctrine

by Naomi Klein


Smart Mobs

by Howard Rheingold


Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much

by Maggie Mahar


The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell

by Colin Powell


Ethical Issues in the Courts

by Julie Van Camp



The Brethren, Inside The Supreme Court

by Bob Woodward


Seven Secrets of Exceptional Leadership

by Jared Diamond,Philip B. Nelson




by Cass R. Sunstein


What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues
by Jessamyn Conrad

Here Comes Everybody, The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

by Clay Shirky


Millennial Makeover, MySpace, YouTube & The Future of American Politics
by Morley Winograd,Michael D. Hais

Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

by Michael R. LeGault


John Adams
by David McCullough

1776 (Paperback)

by David McCullough


1776 (Audio CD)
by David/ McCullough, David (NRT) McCullough

Thomas Jefferson, Author of America

by Christopher Hitchens


Thomas Paine, Enlightenment, Revolution and The Birth of Modern Nations
by Craig Nelson,Paul Hecht


by Bill Clinton


Stand For Something: The Battle for America's Soul
by John Kasich

The New American Story

by Bill Bradley


Broken Government
by John W. Dean

The Post American World

by Fareed Zakaria


The Audacity of Hope(Audio Book)
by Barack Obama

Hard Call, Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them: Library Edition(Audio Book)

by John McCain,Mark Salter


The Age of American Unreason  
by Susan Jacoby (Author)



A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn

by Jared Diamond


Blowback Triology

by Chalmers Johnson

Collected Works/Common Sense
by Tom Paine


The Great Turning
by David Korten

Broken Government
by John Dean


Confesions of an Economic Hitman
by John Perkins

House of War
by James Carroll


Legacy of Ashes
by Tim Weiner

Team of Rivals (Hardcover) 
by Doris Kearns Goodwin(Author) 


The World is Flat 3.0

by Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century [AUDIOBOOK] [CD] (Audio CD)
by Thomas L. Friedman (Author), Oliver Wyman (Narrator)


The Nine, Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Tobin

We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People (Paperback)
by Dan Gillmor(Author)


An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Hardcover)
by Al Gore(Author)

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (Paperback)
by Jonathan Kozol (Author)


Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy (Paperback)
by James Fallows (Author)

The Wisdom of Crowds (Paperback)
by James Surowiecki


Freedom For The Thought We Hate, A Biography of the First Amendment
by Anthony Lewis

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (Paperback) 
by Thomas E. Ricks(Author)



The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose (Paperback) 
by Tony Zinni (Author), Tony Koltz (Author)


America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Hardcover) 
by Mark Steyn (Author)



The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past (Hardcover) 
by David S. Kidder (Author), Noah D. Oppenheim(Author)


The Face of the Tiger (Paperback) 
by Mark Steyn (Author)


On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World) (Hardcover) 
by P. J. O'Rourke (Author)


The New American Story (Hardcover) 
by Bill Bradley (Author)



Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (Hardcover) 
by Lee Iacocca (Author)


The Reagan Diaries (Hardcover) 
by Ronald Reagan (Author


The Assault on Reason (Hardcover) 
by Al Gore (Author)


An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It (Paperback) 
by Al Gore (Author)



Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 (Hardcover) 
by Michael R. Beschloss(Author)


Miles Gone By  
by William F. Buckley (Author)



True Compass: A Memoir [DECKLE EDGE] (Hardcover)
by Edward M.Kennedy(Author)