What would a beach trip be without F.A. Hayek and William F. Buckley? Sure, you'd have to fill your beach cooler with SPF 50 sunblock -- the intellectual cornerstones of conservatism aren't known for their tawny summer complexions.
But they make great reading. The State Policy Network News suggests settling down with a few intellectual giants during your summer lull so you can come back ready to battle bad policies and promote great ones in the fall. The SPN Great Books List includes books on free-market philosophy, non-profit management, fundraising, marketing, and a Reagan collection.
The Heritage Foundation compiled a similar list in 2001. Happy reading and if you want my advice, pick Buckley first for beach volleyball.