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John James Posted: Sun, Jul 10 2011 4:43 AM

Thought this might be useful:

NOTE: if you are interested in any of the books on any of these lists, first do a search on the Mises Wiki for it.  The most popular titles are there, and the entries include all relevant links, including the "resources page" which usually includes free downloads of the full text in various forms (PDF, eBook, etc).

If you cannot find the book in the Mises Wiki, it doesn't mean it isn't available for free, it just means a wiki entry hasn't been created for it yet. (Consider joining and making it!)  In that case, go to and perform a search for the title.  Hover over the results and look for an entry whose URL begins with "".  That will take you to the resources page with all the downloads.  If you find one that begins with "", it may be a free audiobook version, or a lecture on the subject.

(You can perform these searches a little easier by going to the Mises literature and Mises media pages individually and searching there, but sometimes not all of the relevant results show up, so you might start there, then use the main page search as a backup.)  Happy learning!


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IMHo one should mention always "Men Economy and State", this probably is the most complete aggregation of a lot of prior authors.

I personally think that Rothbard has driven it the maximal conclusion.

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