MEDIA: "Four Arguments For The Elimination of Television" by Jerry Mander; and "The Image" by Daniel Boorstein. Also "Orwell Rolls In His Grave" (DVD) and "William Schaap" (eight parts) on youtube.
NATIONAL SECURITY STATE: "American Adventurism Abroad" by Michael Sullivan; "The CIA And The Cult Of Intelligence" by Victor Marchetti; "The Praetorian Guard" by John Stockwell; "Killing Hope" by William Blum; and "The CIA's Black Ops" by John Nutter.; "1984" by George Orwell.
SECOND WORLD WAR: "Bodyguard of Lies" by Anthony Cave Brown; "Day of Deceit" by Stinnett; "Ivan's War" by Catherine Merridale; Any number of books on the life of Winston Churchill.
1963 COUP: "JFK Conspiracy of Silence' by Charles Crenshaw; "Let Justice Be Done" by William Davy; "Act of Treason" by Mark North; "Sons and Brothers" by Richard Mahoney; "On The Trail Of The Assassins" by Jim Garrison; "Head Shot" by G. Paul Chambers (the answer to Bugliosi's book and the definitive firearms analysis).
AFGHANISTAN/IRAQ: "The Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers Johnson; "The New Great Game" by Kleveman; "To Afghanistan And Back" by Ted Rall; "Web of Deceit" by Lando; "Iraqi Power And U.S. Security In The Middle East" by Stephen Pelletier.
2001 COLLAPSE OF WTC 1, 2 and 7: "911 Mysteries", "911: Blueprint For Truth", "September 11 Revisited" and "A New Standard For Deception", all DVDs.
ECONOMICS OF WAR: "Empire of Debt" by Bonner; "The Three Trillion Dollar War" by Stiglitz. Internet articles and youtube videos by Paul Craig Roberts, Chalmers Johnson or Marc Faber. Roberts gives the most comprehensive analyses, but Johnson is pretty incisive, and Faber is sometimes hilarious.
The following books whose covers are illustrated are primarily to give a little graphic zing to the page, but they are worthwhile books and exemplify the hundreds of books I have read on matters affecting the national security state. In this matter, the most knowledgeble man I ever listened to (and spoke with once) was Harry Browne, now deceased. Harry was on a remote Pacific island during military service and passed the time by reading, and I don't mean reading trash. Harry was very calm and he could afford to be, because he had figured it out.