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. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (On saving your own human dignity and personality)
  3. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (On saving your own human dignity and personality)
  4. Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych (On the meaning of life)
  5. Chekhov, Gooseberries; The Student (On the meaning of life)
  6. Hildebrand, The Heart (On the place of the heart in anthropology)
  7. Havard, Virtuous Leadership (On true leadership); Created for Greatness (On the virtues of magnanimity and humility)
  8. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (On the human efficiency of virtue)
  9. Gauthier, Magnanimité (On the virtue of magnanimity)
  10. Weil, Waiting for God; Gravity and Grace; The Need for roots (On the Obligations of Man)
  11. Etty Hillesum, A Life Transformed
  12. Hildegarde von Bingen, Scivias, Liber Vitae Meritorum, Liber Divinorum Operum
  13. Helene Berr, Diary

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. John Paul II, Memory and Identity
  8. Maritain, Three Reformers: Luther, Descartes, Rousseau 

Western Literature

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

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 


  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
  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
  9. Bulgakov S., Spiritual Diary
  10. Lehodey, Holy Abondonment
  11. Chautard, The Soul of the Apostolate

Movies about great people:

  1. A Man for all Seasons, 1966
  2. Chariots of fire, 1981
  3. Gandhi, 1982
  4. The Untouchables, 1987
  5. Schindler’s List, 1993
  6. Shadowlands, 1993
  7. Braveheart, 1995
  8. Michael Collins, 1996
  9. Joan of Arc, 1999 (Alliance Atlantis Communications, TV movie)
  10. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 2003
  11. The Passion of the Christ, 2004
  12. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope, 2005
  13. Sophie Scholl, 2006
  14. Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us, 2009
  15. There be Dragons, 2011
  16. For Greater Glory, 2012
  17. Queen of the Mountains, 2014
  18. Jerome Lejeune Documentary, 2015
  19. Sully, 2016

Great movies:

  1. The Kid, 1921
  2. Modern Times, 1936
  3. The Grand Illusion, 1937
  4. The Great Dictator, 1940
  5. Seven Samurai, 1954
  6. East of Eden, 1955
  7. The Mirror, 1975
  8. Rocky, 1976
  9. The Deer Hunter, 1978
  10. The Elephant Man, 1980
  11. Rambo I, 1982
  12. Babette’s feast, 1987
  13. Dances with Wolves, 1990
  14. Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990
  15. Lorenzo’s Oil, 1993
  16. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
  17. Life is Beautiful, 1997
  18. Les Misérables, 1998
  19. The Patriot, 2000
  20. Gladiator, 2000
  21. The Lord of the Rings, 2001
  22. The Pianist, 2002
  23. We Were Soldiers, 2002
  24. The Last Samurai, 2003
  25. The Lives of Others, 2006
  26. Blood Diamonds, 2006
  27. Jane Eyre, 2011