Plato’s Meno and Newman’s The Idea of a University are classic texts of liberal education. But what are the best books written recently? Is the recent history of liberal education one of decline? Is the mission of the university doomed in a culture of crass utility and political correctness. There are bright spots, and cause for hope, in my top 5 list of the best books on liberal education of the past 35 years. These best books are written by individuals who are great thinkers and great teachers, and in conversation about the highest human things with the greatest minds of the past. But they also demonstrate why being a good teacher involves seeing the highest things in our everyday experience of reality, and in community.