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Man, Economy, and State by Rothbard, free on-line at mises.org
Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt, free on-line at ?, search it
Excellent, I remembered Hazlitt being one of previous authors mentioned; I just couldnt remember the title.
The Making of Modern Economics by Mark Skousen is excellent. It really brings the subject alive and is very readable.
The book by Hazlitt you might be thinking of is "economics in one lesson." Search on google and there is an online version of it. It is an updated version with numbers that can relate more to today, and someone even added an extra chapter(on rent control). He basically follows Bastiat's "what is seen, and what is not seen" logic.
I found the Economic Way of Thinking by Paul Heyne to be an excellent starter. Although Heyne died in 2000, the book has been updated by Peter Boettke and David Prychitko. Boettke is a professor at George Mason U so he is a free market guy. Might want to check out his blog The Austrian Economists.
The book that got me into economics is fantastic. Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy.
Absolutely fantastic book. I cannot recommend it enough.
Gene Callahan's Economics for Real People is another good one.
Yours in liberty,Geoffrey Allan Plauché, Ph.D.Adjunct Instructor, Buena Vista UniversityWebmaster, LibertarianStandard.comFounder / Executive Editor, Prometheusreview.com
Callahan's http://www.mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf - is also on-line.
you must check out mises' "economic policy: thoughts for today and tomorrow" as well...its free on mises.org...its brilliant..not theoreticl but its typical mises...going striaght to the heart of the matter...
MarkRussell:The book that got me into economics is fantastic. Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy. http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Economics-Citizens-Economy-Expanded/dp/0465081452/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206221091&sr=8-2 Absolutely fantastic book. I cannot recommend it enough.
There is a new edition of that book out: http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Economics-Common-Sense-Economy/dp/0465002609/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206263047&sr=1-1
And yes it IS the best introduction economics book. Thomas Sowell was who got me interested in economics in the first place.
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clarity in reasoning, most good causes will take care of themselves,
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