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Libertas est Veritas Posted: Wed, Mar 26 2008 5:38 PM

I'm starting to run out of books to read, so I'm gonna have to make a new order.  Here is what I have thus far:

Economics for Real People: An Introduction to the Austrian School (2nd edition)

Economics in One Lesson

Concise Guide to Economics, The

Critique of Interventionism

Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of Total State and Total War

Road to Serfdom, The

Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays, The

Capital and Production

Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth

Two Essays by Ludwig von Mises

Economic Science and the Austrian Method

Foreign Policy of Freedom, A

I've already decided to get Human Action, Man, Economy & State, America's Great Depression. Anything else that I should get? Have I missed something essential?

Also, does anyone know if Pillars of Prosperity is any good?



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The God of The Machine, by Isabel Paterson is a personal favorite; I'll probably end up checking the first two on your list at some point.

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Be sure to check out the reading lists I put up in the Economics and politics subfora.


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Remnant replied on Thu, Mar 27 2008 10:37 AM


I would recommend:

"For a New Liberty" - Murry Rothbard

What has Government done to our money?" - Murry Rothbard

"Democracy, the God that Failed" - Hans Herman Hoppe

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Junker replied on Fri, Mar 28 2008 3:56 PM

Original page with links at 10+10

Top Ten Free Reads

Jeffrey Tucker's Austrian Top Ten

       1. Principles of Economics, Menger
       2. Human Action, Mises
       3. Man, Economy, State, Rothbard
       4. Study Guide to MES, Murphy
       5. Theory and History, Mises
       6. Epistemological Problems, Mises
       7. Economic Policy, Mises
       8. America's Great Depression, Rothbard
       9. Positive Theory of Capital, Boehm-Bawkerk
      10. Money, Bank Credit, Economic Cycles, de Soto

Justin Ptak's "Natural Order"* Top Ten

       1. Police, Law, and the Courts - Murray Rothbard
       2. Police, Courts, and Laws - On The Market - David Friedman
       3. Market for Liberty (excerpt) - Morris and Linda Tannehill
       4. Pursuing Justice in a Free Society: Crime Prevention and the Legal Order - Randy Barnett
       5. Capitalist Production and the Problem of Public Goods - Hans Hoppe
       6. Vindication of Natural Society - Edmund Burke
       7. The Production of Security - Gustave de Molinari
       8. Individualist Anarchism in the United States: The Origins - Murray Rothbard
       9. Anarchism and American Traditions - Voltairine de Cleyre
      10. No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority - Lysander Spooner

* a.k.a. "anarchy"

Also, see these recommendations by Kinsella, Gordon, and Hoppe.
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jtucker replied on Fri, Mar 28 2008 4:39 PM

you know what is great? Ballve's Essentials of Economics. I'm really thrilled with this book--it had vanished for a couple of decades. Now it is back. Everyone here would learn from it. It is clear, sober, and beautifully written -- and also Misesian in every way. tip top.  

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Ballve's Essentials of Economics

Damn it. I meant to get that, but forgot all about it since it wasn't in my wishlist. And it was only $10, which is nothing to us in Euroland.

I ended up ordering: Human Action (The Scholars Edition), America's Great Depression, Pillars of Prosperity, Man, Economy, and State, The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science, The Keynesian Episode, Principles of Economics, Epistemological Problems of Economics, Theory and History and Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles.

Shipping isn't cheap, but I still end saving massively. That, and I haven't been able find a single book by any of the Austrian economists here in Finland. I did find Keynes' General Theory in a big bookstore in Helsinki; it was mighty dusty and had a price tag of 95 euros ($150 or so). 

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