Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Politically Incorrect Authors

The great books according to Kenneth Anderson. I always read Steyn but have never read AA Gill. [There's another author for the stack.] Who else could make the politically incorrect list?

Some nominees:


  1. Tom Wolfe

  2. Tom Sharpe

  3. Michael Crichton

  4. Daniel Silva

  5. Mark Helprin

  6. Ben Elton

71 Comments:

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly Joel Rosenberg and Tom Clancy (is he still writing?).

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger JoeDetweiler said...

Thomas Berger

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Sissy Willis said...

Jonah Goldberg

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Flynn

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Harry said...

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.J. O'Rourke

 
At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Ellen said...

Ayn Rand. Robert Heinlein. L. Neil Smith.

 
At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam Smith
Clausewitz
Mahan
Machiavelli
Burke
Hayek
I could go on

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oriana Fallaci, may she rest in peace

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous PacRim Jim said...

George Orwell (Eric Blair)
Arthur Koestler
Winston Churchill
Friedrich Hayek

 
At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Sowell's "Inside American Education" can get you excommunicated from any teaching credential program. He's the NEA's Salman Rushdie.

 
At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Fitzhugh

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous teej said...

George Macdonald Fraser (R.I.P.)

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rudyard Kipling

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger linsee said...

Charles Murray (and not just "The Bell Curve."
Steve Sailer

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Greg Hlatky said...

Charles McCarry

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Ringo
Michael Z. Williamson

 
At 8:27 AM, Anonymous roystgnr said...

Jerry Pournelle? "...when I was a lad I was thought hopelessly radical because I thought the law ought to be color blind; now that I am a bit older I am considered a hopeless reactionary because I believe the law ought to be color blind. Ah well."

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert G. Barrett. The funniest Australian writer ever.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Rob Crawford said...

Is that Joel C. Rosenberg or just Joel Rosenberg?

Although both qualify, I guess.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Frank_D said...

You will find Nathaniel Hawthorne, along with many other conservative authors, in Russell Kirk's The Portable Conservative Reader.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Sissy Willis said...

Jedediah Bila

 
At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Johnson

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger paul a'barge said...

Robert Ludlum

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger rashomon said...

Neal Stephenson, not because he's a conservative, but because he tends to see and describe the world as it is, and gives short shrift to PC thinking.

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful. My reading list just grew by leaps and bounds! Time to fire up the kindle!!

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Lazarus Long said...

Robert A. Heinlen

"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue--and thoroughly immoral-- doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The Ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Duncan Williams, "Trousered Apes"

"Bryan F Griffin" (seemingly a nom de plume; some say its Lewis Lapham, but that seems impossible based on the content)'"Panic Among the Philistines"

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger lordhack_99 said...

Colin S. Gray; Keith Payne

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gene Wolfe

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orson Scott Card

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Kurt Harden said...

Harold Bloom
Mencken
Chesterton
Christopher Hitchens

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nietzsche

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Edwin Leap said...

G.K. Chesterton, C.S.Lewis, Dorothy Sayer, Larry McMurtry, Hilaire Belloc, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Marcus said...

Mark Twain!

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Heinlein also said:
• Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Teresa said...

Another Sci-fi author -
Kristine Kathryn Rusch the Retrieval Artist Series. It's being re-released and she has a website for updates and the book order (starting with The Disappeared)

The Retrieval Artist Web Site

Enjoy.

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Florence King
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ernest Hemingway

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger jmill said...

Mark Twain

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam Smith, a great author who is under-read and most definitely un-PC.

 
At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Ringo

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Smoe said...

R.A. Lafferty

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew Klavan's recent novels.

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Francis Turner said...

Lots of Baen authors, Ringo and Williamson have already been mentioned. You could also add Sarah Hoyt, Dave Freer, Tom Kratman and Larry Correia to that list for sure. Probably som eothers too

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor Davis Hanson, David Kahane

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Goldblatt

 
At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frederic Bastiat
Alexis de Tocqueville

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Snorri Godhi said...

Sun Tzu
Aristotle
Tacitus
the Sagas of Icelanders
the Secret History of the Mongols
Ibn Khaldun
Machiavelli
Guicciardini
Spinoza
Locke
Charles MacKay: Extraordinary Popular Delusions

I wished I had avoided anything written after ww2, until I had a passing acquaintance with at least a few of the above.

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Let me vigorously second A.A.Gill. I can even delight in his reviews of TV shows I never expect to view here in New Mexico, and in his restaurant reviews for impossibly expensive retaurants in the UK where I no longer make an annual trek (age and health). And his travel writing is droll and incisive and without blinders

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Joseph Somsel said...

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay - the "Federalist Papers"

I'll definitely second Paul Johnson - "Intellectuals" debunks and "A History of the American People" explains.

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harold Bloom? Is that a typo? Did you mean Allan Bloom?

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow, I jumped over the name Tom Sharpe. I've read just about all his works and press them on friends. One, author of some 20 books with no interest in novels, said to me: Why did you never tell me about Tom Sharpe? Another, a very literate former Black Panther, found his South African novels hilarious. I find the normal "comic" novel tedious but I laugh out loud (something rare) at Sharpe's perfectly named iconoclasm.

 
At 1:12 PM, OpenID Lin W said...

Sarah A. Hoyt's Darkship Thieves. Truly, truly not PC. Tom Kratman, ditto.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sapper
Raspail
Dorothy Sayers
G K Chesterton
Eric Hoffer
Whittaker Chambers
Non alternate universe Chris Buckley

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Krugman!

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Jose_K said...

Harold Bloom is not a typo. Western canon is higly unpc
Peter Bauer
Naipaul

 
At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philip Larkin

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Ringo
Tom Kratman
Michael Williamson
Robert Heinlein

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Kratman, John Ringo, Mike Williamson.

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey Spillane, john Norman, louis L'Amour, Dewey Lambdin, David Drake, Steve Stirling, i could go on for hoursd

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything by Tom Kratman, and to a lesser degree John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson. David Weber as well if your definition of non-PC is loose enough.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Ori Pomerantz said...

Eric Flint. He doesn't appear non PC, but the 1632 series is really about the superiority of US culture and values over another. Where it counts, the people of Grantville are assimilating the huge population of Europe rather than vice versa.

The 1812 series, which discusses why Cherokee culture was not viable in the 1800s and how they should have changed, is also not PC.

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wallace Stevens
Rudyard Kipling
Charles Bukowski
Robert Sheckley

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Kratman
John Ringo

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Daybreaker said...

Jack London

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous PavePusher said...

Terry Pratchet

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Kratman, John Ringo, Mike Williamson

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Tom Kratman
John Ringo
Micheal Z. Williamson

 
At 3:59 AM, Anonymous James said...

Tom Kratman,
John Ringo,

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Stephen St. One said...

Definitely, the Gang of Four: John Ringo, Thomas Kratman, Michael Z. Williamson, and Larry Corriea.

 

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