By now, Ron Paul is a name that most Americans should know - the Republican candidateDr. Ron PaulCredit: for the 2012 presidency is quickly becoming one of the most popular figures in our country, especially with the younger crowd. People like Paul partly because of his ideas and personality, his views on foreign and monetary policy, and his consistency. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day."  To put it bluntly, he is nothing like his GOP counterparts!

Many people know that Paul is a doctor and 10-term Congressman from Texas. They know that Paul has been labeled the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement and is a champion for liberty. They know he urges that politicians must follow the constitution, and they know he loves gold and the gold standard. What many people may not realize, however, is that Paul is also a critically acclaimed author!

Here is a list of some of Paul's works: Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom (2011), End The Fed (2009), The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), Pillars of Prosperity (2008), A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship (2007), and The Case for Gold (1982). They are all worth a read, but here are my personal favorites.

Must Read # 1 - End the Fed

During the GOP debates these past months, we've heard Rick Perry speak about his disdain for the Federal Reserve, because Perry wrote a book on the subject called "Fed Up!". However, Ron Paul's book "End the Fed" and his stance on the FEnd the FedCredit: wikipediaed was not mentioned a single time during the debates.

It's unfortunate, because Paul is one of the most knowledgable persons on the subject than anyone. He has studied monetary policy and economics for years! It's no surprise that during a recent debate, when asked "what would you be doing if you weren't here on a Saturday night?", Paul answered: probably reading an economic textbook.

Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve Bank because he believes it is corrupt and unconstitutional, and presents his arguments in this book. Why was the Fed created? Why do we need a central bank that is not controlled by us? (That's right - the Federal Reserve is NOT federal. It's a private bank). All this and more is discussed.

The Fed creates our money supply - it creates the inflation and the deflation, the booms and the busts. Did you know the Fed has the power to print money out of thin air? This book is a must read, plain and simple.

# 2 - Liberty Defined - 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom 

Ron Paul is a Libertarian, meaning he is for the liberty and freedom of people, small government, non-intervention in foreign policy, etc. Liberty defined is important because here are the 50 essential issues facing Americans today that threaten our freedoms.

This book has received 4 1/2 out of 5 stars on Amazon, out of 198 reviews. Reviewer A. Maheshwar gave the book 5 stars and called it Paul's greatest bLiberty DefinedCredit: Wikipediaook yet:

"In the age of Lady Gaga, Obama, Bieber, Reality TV, sexual liberation, unfettered greed, gluttonous obesity, and rapaciousness, the capacity to independently think, comprehend and act has been greatly diminished. In such decimated cultural conditions, this book provides a faint glimmer of hope that a misinformed, confused, paralyzed and desensitized Third World America will look towards Liberty, faith and Constitution and find a way to reclaim its destiny. A new manifesto from an iconic statesman."

#3 - The Revolution: A Manifesto

"This Much Is True: You Have Been Lied To." Paul says to "Let the revolution begin" with this The RevolutionCredit: Wikipedialibertarian plea for a return to "the principles of our Founding Fathers: liberty, self-government, the Constitution, and a non-interventionist foreign policy."

The one thing about all of Paul's books is that he is very passionate, which rubs off on the reader. He presents his arguments with relevant and eye-opening information. Although only 167 pages long, there is much to gain from reading this book!

This book has received a full 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, out of 952 reviews. Amazon reviewer L. H. Rockwell, Jr. "Libertarian" gave the book 5 out of 5 stars:

"Ron Paul's legacy--from decades of principled defense of freedom, peace, and sound money--is inculcated in this very important book. Just the right length, it convincingly and eloquently advances the Ron Paul philosophy."

He May Not Win, But He'll Never Be Forgotten

Paul is trailing his GOP counterparts now, and while he may ultimately lose the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney, I think it's safe to say he is leaving behind a pretty impressive legacy. Paul has opened so many people eyes and influenced an entire generation of youth! I believe his ideas and philosophy will live on long after he leaves this earth.