Several resources for the fall term were selected using the Hillsdale Academy 9-12 Reference Guide. Used by permission, with gratitude.
Note: For the following older books, unless otherwise noted, please avoid the free copies online, which use archaic English (think “thou” and “thee”). The recommended edition has modern English.
Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. Aubrey de Sélincourt. Rev. ed., John Marincola, ed. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1954, 1972, 1996, 2003.
Aesop’s Fables. Trans. Laura Gibbs. Oxford World’s Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Plato. The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; and Phaedo. Trans. Hugh Tredennick. Ed. Harold Tarrant. Rev. ed. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1954, 1959, 1969, 1993, 2003.
Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. Trans. Richmond Lattimore. Perennial Classics. New York: Harper & Row, 1965, 1967.
Livy. Stories of Rome. Trans. Roger Nichols. Translations from Greek and Roman Authors. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Bauer, Susan Wise. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.
Josephus. The Jewish War. Trans. G. A. Williamson. Ed. E. Mary Smallwood. New York: Penguin, 1959, 1970, 1981.
Holmes, Michael W., ed. The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1992, 1999, 2007. Alternate Edition: The Apostolic Fathers. Ed. Mark Galli. Moody Classics. Chicago: Moody, 2009.
Eusebius. The Church History. Trans. Paul L. Maier. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 1999, 2007.
Athanasisus. On the Incarnation: Greek Original and English Translation. Trans. John Behr. Popular Patristics Series Number 44a. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2011.
Athanasius. The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Trans. Robert C. Gregg. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1980.
Augustine. Confessions. Trans. Henry Chadwick. Oxford World’s Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English. Ed. Timothy Fry, et al. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1982.
Einhard and Notker the Stammerer. Two Lives of Charlemagne. Trans. David Ganz. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 2008.
Heaney, Seamus, trans. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition). New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.
Bede. The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Eds. Judith McClure and Roger Collins. World’s Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.
Winder, Blanche. Stories of King Arthur. Airmont Classics. New York: Airmont, 1968 . Note: Any edition of this story would be fine, but the author is recommended.
Vivian, E. Charles. The Adventures of Robin Hood. Airmont Classics. New York: Airmont, 1965 . Note: Any edition of this story would be fine, but the author is recommended.
Anselm of Canterbury. The Major Works. Eds. Brian Davies and G. R. Evans. Oxford World’s Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Alternate Online Edition: Cur Deus Homo, Book I and Cur Deus Homo, Book II.
Langland, William. Piers the Ploughman. Trans. J. F. Goodridge. Rev. ed. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1959, 1966.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Trans. Nevill Coghill. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 2003.
Note: For the following older books, unless otherwise noted, please avoid the free copies online, which use archaic English (think “thou” and “thee”). The recommended edition usually has modern English.
Strunk, William, Jr. and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1979, 2000.
Erasmus, Desiderius. Praise of Folly. Trans. Betty Radice. Ed A. H. T. Levi. Rev. ed. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1971, 1993.
Luther, Martin. The Freedom of a Christian. Trans. Mark D. Tranvik. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008 .
Calvin, John and Sadoleto, Jacopo. A Reformation Debate: Sadoleto’s Letter to the Genevans and Calvin’s Reply. Ed. John C. Olin. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1976 . Alternate Online Edition: A Reformation Debate. This appears to be a free download.
Foxe, John. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Ed. W. Grinton Berry. Grand Rapids: Fleming J. Revell, Spire, 1998. Alternate Hardcover Edition: Foxe, John. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Ed. William Byron Forbush. Hendrickson Christian Classics. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2004.
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Ed. Nicholas Brooke. The Oxford Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Ed. W. R. Owens. Oxford World’s Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003 . Alternate Hardcover Edition: Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Hendrickson Christian Classics. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2004 .
Smith, Jane Stuart and Betty Carlson. The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence. 3rd ed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract. Trans. Maurice Cranston. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1968 . Alternate Thrift Edition: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. On the Social Contract. Trans. G. D. H. Cole. Dover Thrift Edition. New York: Dover, 2003 [1913, 1762].
Scougal, Henry. The Life of God in the Soul of Man in Modern English. Ed. Paul Lamb. Self-published, 2016 . Alternate Edition: Scougal, Henry. The Life of God in the Soul of Man. Reprint, Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1986 .
Whitefield, George. Select Sermons of George Whitefield. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1958.
Wesley, John. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Hendrickson Christian Classics. Reprint, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007 . Alternative Online Edition: A Plain Account of Christian Perfection.
Mangalwadi, Vishal and Ruth Mangalwadi. The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of Culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1999 .
Carey, William. An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens, in Which the Religious State of the Different Nations of the World, the Success of Former Undertakings, and the Practicability of Further Undertakings, Are Considered. Leicester, UK: Ann Irkland, 1792. Alternate Online Edition: An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Illus. Gustave Doré. Dover Pictorial Archives Series. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1970 [1834, 1878]. Note: The engravings are done by the master of the craft, but do contain some nudity. Alternate Online Edition: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1834 text).
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Reprint, London: CRW Publishing Ltd., Collector’s Library, 2003 .
Newton, John. Out of the Depths: The Autobiography of John Newton. Ed. Dennis R. Hillman. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003 .
Reef, Catherine. Victoria: Portrait of a Queen. New York: Clarion, 2017.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Penguin Christmas Classics. New York: Penguin, 2014 . Alternate Thrift Edition: Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Dover Thrift Editions. New York: Dover, 1991 .
Taylor, Dr. and Mrs. Howard [Frederick Howard Taylor and Mary Geraldine Taylor]. Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. Moody Classics. Chicago: Moody, 1989, 2009 .
Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych. Trans. Ian Dreiblatt. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2008 . Note: Other editions of this book are acceptable.
Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. New York: Clarion, 2010.
Schaeffer, Francis A. Escape from Reason: A Penetrating Analysis of Trends in Modern Thought. IVP Classics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, IVP Books, 2006 .
Severance, John B. Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist. New York: Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, 1996.
Ambrose, Stephen E. The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won. New York: Simon & Schuster, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Lutzer, Erwin W. Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda. Rev. ed. Chicago: Moody, 1995, 2016.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. Trans. Marion Wiesel. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Hill and Wang, 2006 .
Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. London: Geoffery Bles, 1950. Hardcover Edition: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Deluxe edition. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1997.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. Trans. John W. Doberstein. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. Alternate Edition: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Volume 5: Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible. Eds. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Albrecht Schönherr, and Geffrey B. Kelly. Trans. Daniel W. Bloesch and James H. Burtness. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996 .
Wurmbrand, Richard. Tortured for Christ. Bartlesville, OK: Living Sacrifice Book Company, 1998, 1967. Note: The hyperlink leads to the website of Voice of the Martyrs, where a free copy can be obtained and a donation given.
Lewis, C. S. The Abolition of Man, or Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools. Reprint, New York: HarperSanFransisco, 2001 .
Grant, George. The American Patriot’s Handbook: The Writings, History, and Spirit of a Free Nation. 2nd ed. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Cumberland House, 2009, 2016.
Schmidt, Gary D. William Bradford: Plymouth’s Faithful Pilgrim. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Eerdmans, 1999.
Morgan, Edmund S. Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1963.
Alexander, Archibald. The Log College: Biographical Sketches of William Tennent and Principal Alumni of the Log College, Together with an Account of the Revivals of Religion under their Ministry in the 18th Century. Reprint, Birmingham, AL: Solid Ground Christian Books, n. d. .
Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: Made Easier to Read. Ed. John Jeffery Fanella. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1996 . Alternate Thrift Edition: Edwards, Jonathan, et al. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Other Puritan Sermons. Dover Thrift Editions. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2005. Alternate Online Edition: Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
Franklin, Benjamin. Writings. Ed. J. A. Leo Lemay. Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987.
Miller, Perry, and Thomas H. Johnson, eds. The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings. 2 vols. in 1. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 2001 [1956, 1963].
Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Dover Thrift Editions. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1997 .
Wood, Gordon S. The American Revolution: A History. Modern Library. New York: Random House, 2002.
Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. New York: Free Press, 1996.
Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Knopf, 2000.
Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Dover Children’s Thrift Classics. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1995 [1819-20].
McLoughlin, William G. The American Evangelicals, 1800-1900: An Anthology. New York: Harper & Row, Harper Torchbooks, 1968.
Whittier, John Greenleaf. Selected Poems. Ed. Brenda Wineapple. The American Poets Project. New York: The Library of America, 2004.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter: A Romance. Penguin Classics. Reprint, New York: Penguin, 1962, 1970, 2016 . Alternate Thrift Edition: Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Dover Thrift Edition. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1994 .
Stout, Harry S. Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War. New York: Viking, 2006.
Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography. New York: Clarion Books, 1987.
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Penguin Classics. Reprint, New York: Penguin, 2014 . Alternate Thrift Edition: Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Dover Thrift Edition. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1994 .
Sheldon, Charles M. In His Steps: “What Would Jesus Do?” Rev. ed. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 2010 [1897, 1899].
Peacock, Louise. At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007. Note: As a children’s book, this should be readily obtainable through interlibrary loan.
Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Reprint, Grand Rapids: 2009 .
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925. Note: It may be advisable to take a black pen and darken the “eyes” on the cover picture of this edition.
Shlaes, Amity. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. Graphic Edition. Ed. Chuck Dixon. Illus. Paul Rivoche. New York: HarperPerennial, 2014. Note: This comic-book edition is different than the original version of The Forgotten Man.
Bradley, James. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage. NY: Little, Brown, & Co., 2003.
Schaeffer, Francis A. The Church before the Watching World: A Practical Ecclesiology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1971.
Henry, Carl F. H. The Uneasy Conscience of American Fundamentalism. Reprint, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003 .
Frost, Robert. You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Young Readers. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1958.
Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man & the Sea. New York: Simon & Schuster, Scribner, 1952.
Delbanco, Andrew. The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. NY: Penguin, 1986 .
Duane, James. You Have the Right to Remain Innocent: What Police Officers Tell Their Children about the Fifth Amendment. New York: Little A, 2016.
Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince. Trans. George Bull. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin, 1961, 1975, 1981, 1995, 1999 .
Parsons, Geoffery. The Land of Fair Play. 3rd ed. Eds. Edward J. Shewan, Lars R. Johnson, and Michael J. McHugh. Arlington Heights, IL: Christian Liberty Press, 1920, 1994, 2008 .
Webster, Mary E. The Federalist Papers in Modern English: Indexed for Today’s Political Issues. Self-published, 2018.
Madison, James, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. The Federalist Papers. Ed. Richard Beeman. Penguin Civic Classics. New York: Penguin, 2012 . Note: This abridgement contains the full text of nineteen of the original federalist papers.
Forte, David F. and Matthew Spalding, eds. The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. 2nd ed. Washington DC: Regnery, 2005, 2014. Note: Due to its expense, it may be best to borrow this text from the academy or a library.
Benne, Robert. Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
Martin, Jr., Waldo E. Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents. 2nd ed. Bedford Series in History and Culture. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1998, 2020.
Delgado, Richard and Stefancic, Jean. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: New York University Press, 2012, 2017.
Sproul, R. C., Jr. Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread. 3rd ed. White Hall, WV: Tolle Lege Press, 1985, 1994, 2002, 2008.
Marx, Karl and Frederick Engels. The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition. Ed. Eric Hobsbawm. New York, Verso, 1998 . Alternative Thrift Edition: The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings.
Hazlitt, Henry. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics. 2nd ed. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1946, 1979.
Friedman, Milton, with the assistance of Rose D. Friedman. Capitalism and Freedom. 40th Anniversary ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1962, 1982, 2002.
Lupton, Robert D. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Help Those They Hurt (And How to Reverse It). New York: HarperOne, 2011.
Corbett, Steve, and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself. 2nd ed. Chicago: Moody, 2009, 2012.
Swenson, Richard A. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. Rev. ed. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1992, 2004.
VanDrunen, David. Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.
Klusendorf, Scott. The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.
Fitzpatrick, Elyse & Laura Hendrickson. Will Medicine Stop the Pain? Finding God’s Healing for Depression, Anxiety, and Other Troubling Emotions. Chicago: Moody, 2006.
Allberry, Sam. Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction. Rev. ed. Questions Christians Ask. [Epsom, Surrey, England, U.K.]: The Good Book Company, 2013.
Murray, Michael and Joseph Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. 3rd ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, Atria, 1998, 2012. Note: Parents are not required to purchase this book, but it may prove to be helpful to own it.