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The Free Market Reader

The Free Market Reader

Stephan Kinsella says that he has "highly recommended this book for years as one of the best introductions to libertarian/free market thought." Enrico Peppe says it is "straightforward, logical, and fun."

Thank goodness it is back in print! What you will find here are one hundred plus short essays on every topic related to free-market economics, all from the years of the monthly publication of the free market, when Murray Rothbard was writing a regular column. His work all appears here, but so do the writings of many other top thinkers such as Mises, Block, Rockwell, Ron Paul, William Peterson, Lawrence Reed, Richard Ebeling, Hans Hoppe, and many more.

Topics include privatization, socialism around the world, economic history, debt and deficits, fiat money and exchange rates, trade and protectionism, Keynesianism, supply-side economics, and many other topics. It makes for great reading, one essay at a time. It is the sort of book you can dip into and out of very quickly, and gain a great deal of insight as you do.

This book was a top seller when it first went to print. It is back in print, and retains all its original fire and prescience.

Publication Information Mises Institute, 1988
Updated 1/19/2012