5 Great Books For Introverts

Five Great Books for Introverts, by Five Introverts and Loners who changed the world.

The dark days of winter are almost upon us, so it’s time to dust off those great books for introverts and loners, written by the same. Accordingly, below are summaries extracted from the article, “5 Loners and Introverts Who Changed History” by the Liberty.me (The Global Liberty Community) blog.

5 Books For Introverts

5 Great Books for Introverts

For each book, we link to its listing at Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore based in beautiful Portland, Oregon, The City of Roses.1We don’t receive a fee or maintain an affiliate relationship with Powell’s Books.

  1. Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney.
  2. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 Vol. 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
  3. Planning for Freedom, and Sixteen Other Essays and Addresses by Ludwig Von Mises.
  4. Anthem by Ayn Rand.
  5. The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H. L. Mencken.

5 Loners and Introverts Who Changed History

  1. Nikola Tesla (The Electric Jesus): “A scientific legend who, like many introverts before and after, has really not been given the credit and respect that he deserves. A Serbian-Croatian immigrant, Tesla was a pioneer in electrical theory and technology.”
  2. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “Like Fyodor Dostoyevsky before him, Solzhenitsyn wandered inside of his mind for answers.”
  3. Ludwig von Mises: “’I regret only my willingness to compromise, not my intransigence.’ In the face of fascism, militarism, and state interventionism, Mises became the standard-bearer for classical liberalism and free market economics.”
  4. Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum): “While authoring essays on philosophy, logic and writing several books that continue to be some of the most popular in the world, she had few friends, and drove away most that stayed long enough to know her.”
  5. H.L. Mencken: “He penned articles and books with a tenacity and wit that, with apologies to the great Samuel Clemens, was unmatched then and now, blending an unapologetic intellectualism with a conservative fondness for aristocracy and high culture.”

Closing Words

Now you. Let us know in the comments section what authors or books for introverts to consider this winter. Also, be sure to review our Blogentary tags regarding more book recommendations.


  1. “Anthem” is a quick read. Rand initially conceived of the story as a teenager in Soviet Russia; she later submitted it to a magazine as a SciFi short story. I can recommend “Atlas Shrugged,” too. “Fountainhead” is on my list.

    * via offlink from Coventry League’s blog (Ayn Rand links to Powell’s Books):

    “Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself…”

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