The House of Cards Book Club

March 5 2015

Love them or hate them, there’s no denying Frank and Claire Underwood are already two of contemporary television’s most iconic characters. Now that you’ve binge-watched House of Cards’ entire third season in a glassy-eyed, Cheetos-fueled haze, the prospect of an entire year without the Underwoods’ unchecked ambition sounds dreadfully dull. In the spirit of a thoughtful second-screen experience, here’s a House of Cards–inspired reading list to hold you over until next season.

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu

One of the world’s oldest pieces of literature, The Art of War is still read today by legal, strategic, and military professionals. Ignore it at your peril.

“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.” —Sun Tzu

“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” —Frank Underwood

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The Art of War
Sun Tzu

One of the world’s oldest pieces of literature, The Art of War is still read today by legal, strategic, and military professionals. Ignore it at your peril.

“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.” —Sun Tzu

“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” —Frank Underwood

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MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

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The Prince
by Nicolo Machiavelli

One of the first works of modern political philosophy, The Prince advocates the use of immoral means to achieve the aims of the ruler. A short book, it is also the work from which the infamous term “Machiavellian” is derived and, in some circles, gleefully cited. “Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” —Niccolò Machiavelli “Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock with your left.” —Frank Underwood

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The Prince
Nicolo Machiavelli

One of the first works of modern political philosophy, The Prince advocates the use of immoral means to achieve the aims of the ruler. A short book, it is also the work from which the infamous term “Machiavellian” is derived and, in some circles, gleefully cited. “Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” —Niccolò Machiavelli “Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock with your left.” —Frank Underwood

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MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

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Macbeth
by William Shakspeare

“The Scottish play,” as superstitious folks will say, is a powerful meditation on ambition, ambivalence, and self-destruction.

“Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!” —Macbeth

“I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs.” —Frank Underwood

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Macbeth
William Shakspeare

“The Scottish play,” as superstitious folks will say, is a powerful meditation on ambition, ambivalence, and self-destruction.

“Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!” —Macbeth

“I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs.” —Frank Underwood

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MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

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How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie

A primer on everything the title promises, in this book Dale Carnegie even offers a few suggestions on how to avoid the pitfalls in these practices.

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” —Dale Carnegie

“Friends make the worst enemies.” —Frank Underwood

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How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie

A primer on everything the title promises, in this book Dale Carnegie even offers a few suggestions on how to avoid the pitfalls in these practices.

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” —Dale Carnegie

“Friends make the worst enemies.” —Frank Underwood

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MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

Close
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged questions every assumption at the root of your convictions. A philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, its tremendous scope presents an astounding panorama of human life.

“In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.” —Ayn Rand

“I envy your free spirit, and I'm attracted to it, but not all of us have that luxury.” —Claire Underwood

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Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged questions every assumption at the root of your convictions. A philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, its tremendous scope presents an astounding panorama of human life.

“In this world, either you're virtuous or you enjoy yourself. Not both, lady, not both.” —Ayn Rand

“I envy your free spirit, and I'm attracted to it, but not all of us have that luxury.” —Claire Underwood

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

Close
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only Thomas Cromwell dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power. Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

“At New Year’s he had given Anne a present of silver forks. . . . He hopes she will use them to eat with, not to stick in people.” —Hilary Mantel

Claire: “What should we server the Walkers?”
Frank: “Cyanide.”
Claire: “I’m saving that for dessert. . . .”

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Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only Thomas Cromwell dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power. Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

“At New Year’s he had given Anne a present of silver forks. . . . He hopes she will use them to eat with, not to stick in people.” —Hilary Mantel

Claire: “What should we server the Walkers?”
Frank: “Cyanide.”
Claire: “I’m saving that for dessert. . . .”

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

9 Festive Books We Always Read to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 1, 2020

The 10 Most Popular Books We Escaped Into This November

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 30, 2020

A WWII Historical Novel of Hope and Resistance to Light Up the Darkness

By Holly Claytor | November 27, 2020

10 Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 26, 2020

Readers’ Choice: The 10 Best Book Recommendations You’ve Ever Received

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 25, 2020

5 Workplace Thrillers to Make You Miss Your Office (or Not!)

By Maddie Ehrenreich | November 24, 2020

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