Jesse’s Library

#StayVigilant Jesse Ventura Quotes

Consider this a bibliography for my new show #OffTheGrid: my personal reading list including independent, free thinkers, in no particular order:

129-0117084051-GeneralSmedleyButlerAt the time of his death, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was the most decorated marine of his time. Among his 16 metals, he received five for heroism — including two Medals of Honor. The fact that he served our country makes him a patriot. However, Smedley Butler’s heroism did not end there.

A military coup lead by his colleagues and wealthy industrialists  planned to overthrow and assassinate Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace the President of the United States with a Fascist regime, with Smedley Butler at the helm as dictator.

He stood up for the Republic by exposing these men, and he paid a price for going against such powerful people: he was marginalized and ridiculed by the media. Even though a report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed Butler’s testimony, not one of the conspirators was brought to justice.

In 1935, he wrote one of my favorite books of all time, “War is a Racket.” I have often encouraged people to read this book because Butler explains that the wars he fought weren’t for our country — they were for the corporations.

If you want your eyes to be truly open to how long corporations have dictated our domestic and foreign policy and how many of our brave men and women have died for their profits, read “War is a Racket.”

  • The U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights

JFK_and_the_Unspeakable_book_jacketDefinitely one of my favorite and one of the best recent books about the murder of John F. Kennedy, which connects a great many dots we didn’t know about — including the fact that JFK and Nikita Khrushchev were communicating via back channels, including through Pope John XXIII, about ending the Cold War within five years. 

Some of the research for my own book “They Killed Our President” came from this well documented book.


This is a great primer on how our country really operates. The subtitle says it all: The truth about corporate cons, globalization, and high-finance fraudsters. 


Talk about true inspiration and a true education in our country’s greatest battles.  These are battles that were fought by ourselves for ourselves, without resorting to violence. We fought for fair wages, child-labor laws, health and safety hazards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality…the list goes on. Guess what? All these revolutions were carried out at the grassroots level against the majority’s resistance. Read this book and get inspired by the courage of those who made this country great.

It was stunning to learn that Lee Harvey Oswald had a mistress, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her on several occasions. Her book shows beyond any doubt that he was working as a government agent in New Orleans!

secretteamThis book is written by another hero of mine and it is tremendous because Col. Fletcher Prouty, who worked for special operations forces under JFK’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, reveals who really runs our government. These are the high-level bureaucrats hidden within the CIA who remain while administrations come and go, and run amok without our elected officials knowing what’s happening. This is one of Oliver Stone’s favorites as well.

thenewpearlharborA phenom­­­enal, scholarly book that debunks the official story about 9/11 with a whole lot of facts that haven’t been brought out into the public domain. That includes how the Twin Towers were brought down by a controlled demolition, and much documentation that the mainstream media won’t touch.

Helter Skelter - The Manson MurdersThe story of Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders is the most widely read true-crime book in history. I’ve read it seven times, and something new always pops out. If I get bored, I can always pick up Helter Skelter. It’ll suck you in like a vacuum cleaner.

Where Did the Towers Go? Dr. Judy WoodDr. Judy Wood earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and is a former professor of mechanical engineering. In the time since 9/11/01, Dr. Wood has conducted a comprehensive, forensic investigation of what physically happened to the World Trade Center site on 9/11. Guess what? She lost her job as a professor for writing this book, and her evidence is what really made me question everything I saw and heard in the mainstream media about this tragedy. If you have questions about 9/11, this book is filled with scientific evidence backed by physics and actual videos to show something else happened than what we were told.


I wrote the Afterword to this book, and what a great book it is! Ever hear a story on the news about a celebrity or politician being “found dead” or “committing suicide” and thought, “there’s something they’re not telling me”? Well, this is the book that proves not only what really happened, but that our own government was involved. From Marilyn Monroe to Martin Luther King Jr., here’s how our government carried out assassinations. 

"Life" by Keith RichardsOkay, this one has nothing to do with conspiracies or U.S. history, but it’s one of my favorite reads of late. I’ve been listening to the Rolling Stones since I was a young teenager, and in Keith’s autobiography, his great sense of humor comes across. He’s a true rock ’n’ roll survivor.

Speaking of an #Education, my books have also been exposing the truth for years:

They Killed Our President Jesse Ventura63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in GovernmentAmerican Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells UsDon't Start the Revolution Without Me!

24 thoughts on “Jesse’s Library

  1. My dear sir. As a non American and someone not blinkered by the mainstream propaganda I would just like to say thank you! I sincerely believe it is men like yourself who the rest of the world would like to see leading your country. And to be honest, my own. I am an from Ulster and live in England so I think you can glean an understanding of why I say that. Anyway once again thanks for being a real down to earth & honest Human being.

    • To Mr Andrew Filson:I find it amazing and refreshing that some of the people I have known who weere not natural born US citizens Appreciate the structure of the United States more than many natural born citizens.As a young man I worked for an Armenian from Ethopia who left his native land because of politics,something about the blacks taking Ethopia and running off the whites.He came to Houston,barely speaking English but the first thing he did was join the Marines and did 2 terms to learn the language and customs.He taught me more about loving America than anybody elst I have known.Respect,honor and apprecviation for those who work so hard and fight wih their lives to keep this idea of America alive.I also learned to appreciate people from other countries and their struggles.Today the U.S. needs people of this character but all we have are eletists who only care about themselves.We have nothing to vote for as there all the same.Mr Ventura would make a great President I think.I love his phisosophy of “fisciaal conservative but socially liberal.Thats what America was founded for in the first place.Thanks for reading.G.B.Carter,Harlingen Tx.

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  3. I get sick to my stomach when I hear the mindless public refer to Hannity,Limbaugh and Levine as great americans.Ventura is the real deal and we need his brave leadership Now,it is almost too late.From Off the Grid,Semper Fi

  4. Thanks Jesse…I am a big fan and follower. I ma friends with Emma and Jim , who live in Santa Cruz and visit family near you in Mexico and have enjoyed an evening or two in Mexico with you and your wife,( just a side note for fun),
    You know Marianne Williamson is running for office…your thoughts? have you read any of her books…Obviously there is The Course in Miracles, but I also like A Return to Love. I also enjoy my dose of spirituality in this crazy world…or I would be hopeless. thanks

  5. Dear Mr.Ventura,
    When I read your comment about how many people watched the Honey boo boo wedding it really hit home. I had been telling friends and acquaintances that there is no excuse for our government being in the shape it is other than our own laziness…….at which point I would always use the illustration of football, nascar, and yes……Honey boo boo. I made a vow before the last election that I would never again vote for the lesser of two evils, and that sir is a vow I intend to keep. I do hope you and Howard Stern will make a serious run for the presidency in 2016. We need true patriots and men of character representing our republic…….men like you Jesse. Men who cannot be bought and who’s only real agenda is what is best for the people of the republic. If you and Howard Stern will do your part by choosing to run, I will certainly do my part of campaigning for you and educating as many people as I can to never again vote for the lesser of two evils.
    So from one patriot with his eyes wide open to another, thank you for your time,
    Larry Phillips

  6. Governor,

    Thank you for doing this! I’ve read Butler, Doulgass, and Griffin. You offer an excellent list of must reads for anyone who is interested in reading between the lines and learning about what is really going on. I hope everything is going well down in the Baja, I’d love to visit sometime! I live in snowy New Hampshire and could use a break! Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see your new show, I have very high expectation and I know you will no doubt deliver the goods!

    All the best to a man who should and could be President,

    Eric Jackman
    Rindge, NH

  7. I have been following you on Facebook now for a bit an I am intrigued. I love American history, and the library was my escape when I first hit these shores. I am often surprised to learn new things, but I have been fascinated by what I have learned through the information you give access to. Thank you.

  8. Dear Mr. Ventura, I have been a fiction reader for most of my life but now I’m seriously going to read non-fiction from the list you have provided. I love the library but I now see I haven’t let it lead me in the direction of truth and knowledge…and , boy do I need it! I’m looking forward to completing the list you’ve provided…as like you, I love to read. Respectfully yours, Cecile Lee P.S. I’m happy to say, I’ve never watched Honey Bo Bo…

  9. Jesse’s reading list is a must. Some of these I’ve read through, some I haven’t but fact of the matter is, he’s a walking template for what we should aspire to be. Well read, self educated, and politically honest. Looking forward to supporting him if/when he runs for the highest office….

  10. Hi Jessie: I’m from minnesota, southwest to be exact, love what you are striving to do, to inform and wake-up the public to what is going on in this so-called democracy that we live in. People need to wake the hell up to what is going on , the lies , deceiving the public, that the newspapers and the t.v.spread.

  11. I’ve read some of these books already and was blown away by them and I’m looking forward to reading the ones I haven’t read already. You should do a 9/11 book similar to the Kennedy book you did. Keep up the great work. And run for President in 2016!

  12. Thank you so much! I been searching for what books you read to gain such good knowledge you have, this is a great share Jesse! Thank you for spreading knowledge my good friend that I have not met yet!

  13. Hi Jesse, thanks for the list. I have read Douglas’ JFK book and agree it is one of the clearest, most logical, concise, and deeply moving accounts of JFK’s work and his murder. I read voluminously since I have been semi-retired now six years and I would like to recommend a few books here that I have found extremely illuminating. First, anything and everything by Jim Marrs. His scope of understanding is very great, especially in such areas as what happened to the Nazis after WWII, what has been revealed by the military’s “remote viewers, and so much more. Next, most of the work of David Wilcock including “Financial Tyranny” is available free online, and his two bestsellers are well worth the price. What these two authors reveal, as well as many others, is something that many miss — the fact that the worldwide controlling elite is predominantly a religious movement, a cult that is the :”left hand” of fundamentalist Christianity in that a fervent belief in a supernatural extraterrestrial future “rapture” will “lift off” the true believers into a golden eternity. It sounds preposterous until one looks at it more closely. Simple greed and lust for power does not explain our predicament deeply enough. It is despairing and yet deeply inspiring that we have the internet and such a great number of deeply committed researchers and exposers of truth.

  14. hi jesse, I been watching your show since Conspiracy theory, Im not an american but I love this country and I realized what the government is being doing and the things that they’re not exposing to the people. I just bought one of your books.

  15. Mr. Ventura,

    Good evening Governor Ventura. I have been listening to you speak now for three years. Thank you for the information and wisdom that you have shared. I appreciate all the work you have and continue to do! Stay vigilant!

    Chris R.

  16. J.Douglass’ book on JFK helps you find your your way down the rabbit hole of not only JFK’s murder, but post WW2 history as well.

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