About man

  1. Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues  (On character); Leisure: The Basis of Culture (On the effects of workaholism); Happiness & Contemplation (On the proposition that “the ultimate of human happiness is to be found in contemplation”); “Divine Madness” (On Beauty and Eros)
  2. Bennett, The Temperament God Gave You  (On temperament)
  3. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (On saving your own human dignity and personality)
  4. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (On saving your own human dignity and personality)
  5. Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych (On the meaning of life)
  6. Chekhov, Gooseberries; The Student; The Archbishop (On the meaning of life)
  7. Hildebrand, The Heart (On the place of the heart in anthropology)
  8. Havard, Virtuous Leadership (On true leadership); Created for Greatness (On the virtues of magnanimity and humility)
  9. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (On the human efficiency of virtue)
  10. Gauthier, Magnanimité (On the virtue of magnanimity)
  11. Weil, Waiting for God; Gravity and Grace; The Need for roots (On the Obligations of Man)

To Understand the Modern World

  1. Solzhenitsyn, Harvard Address; Nobel Lecture; Templeton Lecture; Address to the International Academy of Philosophy; Address to the Académie des sciences morales et politiques (Remise du Grand Prix).
  2. Soloviev, A Short Story of Antichrist
  3. Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor (in “The Brothers Karamazov”, Part II, Book V, Chap V)
  4. De Marco & Wiker, Architects of the Culture of Death
  5. Orwell, 1984 
  6. Huxley, Brave New World 
  7. Besancon, Rise of the Gulag: Intellectual Origins of Leninism
  8. John Paul II, Memory and Identity
  9. Maritain, Three Reformers: Luther, Descartes, Rousseau 
  10. Barzun, Classic, Romantic, Modern

Western Literature

  1. Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  2. Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
  3. Twain, Joan of Arc
  4. Brontë, Jane Eyre
  5. Collins, The Woman in White
  6. Cronin, The Citadel
  7. Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
  8. Shakespeare, Hamlet; Othello; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; Julius Caesar; Henri V
  9. Hugo, Les Miserables
  10. Exupery, Wind, Sand and StarsThe Little Prince
  11. Mauriac, Viper’s Tangle; Thérèse Desqueyroux; The Desert of Love; The Women of the Pharisees
  12. Claudel, The Tidings Brought to Mary
  13. Dante, Divine Comedy
  14. Manzoni, The Betrothed
  15. Wiseman, Fabiola  

Russian Literature

  1. Pushkin, The Captain’s Daughter 
  2. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment; Demons; The Brothers Karamazov; The Idiot 
  3. Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych; The Kreutzer Sonata; Anna Karenina 
  4. Gogol, Dead Souls; The Government Inspector; Diary of a Madman
  5. Chekhov, The Three Sisters; The Seagull; Short Novels 
  6. Turgenev, Fathers and Sons; Home of the Gentry; Rudin; On the Eve
  7. Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Matryona’s Place 
  8. Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita


  1. Holzner, Paul of Tarsus
  2. Twain, Joan of Arc
  3. Solzhenitsyn, The Oak and the Calf (autobiography); August 1914, Chapter 65 (“Pyotr Stolypin”)
  4. Lejeune-Gaymard, Life is a blessing (biography of Jerome Lejeune)
  5. Noonan, When character was king (biography of Ronald Reagan)
  6. Wegemer, A portrait in courage (biography of Thomas More)
  7. Carson, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. Coverdale, Uncommon Faith (biography of Josemaria Escriva)
  9. McCasland, Pure Gold (biography of Eric Liddell)
  10. Pernoud, Joan of Arc: Her Story
  11. Haskins, Corazon Aquino: Leader of the Philippines
  12. Longworth, The Art of Victory: The Life and Achievements of Field-Marshal Suvorov
  13. Ericson & Mahoney, Solzhenitsyn reader

On Christian Life

  1. Gospel of St John
  2. Escriva, Passionately Loving the World; Friends of God; Christ is passing by; The Way
  3. Hildebrand, Transformation in Christ
  4. Garrigou-Lagrange, The three ages of the interior life
  5. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
  6. William, Mary The Mother of Jesus
  7. Montfort, Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
  8. Gogol, Meditations on the Divine Liturgy; Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends
  9. Bulgakov S., Spiritual Diary
  10. Lewis, The Weight of Glory 
  11. Nguyen Van Thuan, The Road of Hope
  12. Lehodey, Holy Abondonment


Movies about great people:
A Man for all Seasons, 1966
Chariots of fire, 1981
Gandhi, 1982
The Untouchables, 1987
Schindler’s List, 1993
Shadowlands, 1993
Braveheart, 1995
Michael Collins, 1996
Joan of Arc, 1999 (Alliance Atlantis Communications, TV movie)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 2003
The Passion of the Christ, 2004
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope, 2005
Sophie Scholl, 2006
Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us, 2009
There be Dragons, 2011
For Greater Glory, 2012
Queen of the Mountains, 2014
Jerome Lejeune Documentary, 2015
Sully, 2016

Great movies:
The Kid, 1921
Modern Times, 1936
The Grand Illusion, 1937
The Great Dictator, 1940
Seven Samurai, 1954
East of Eden, 1955
The Mirror, 1975
Rocky, 1976
The Deer Hunter, 1978
The Elephant Man, 1980
Rambo I, 1982
Babette’s feast, 1987
Dances with Wolves, 1990
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990
Lorenzo’s Oil, 1993
The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
Life is Beautiful, 1997
Les Misérables, 1998
The Patriot, 2000
Gladiator, 2000
The Lord of the Rings, 2001
The Pianist, 2002
We Were Soldiers, 2002
The Last Samurai, 2003
The Lives of Others, 2006
Blood Diamonds, 2006
Jane Eyre, 2011