Here is my Austrian/libertarian reading list. I haven’t read everything on this list, but you have to have goals! When I was first exposed to the ideas of Austrian economics and libertarianism, I wanted to know more but I wasn’t sure where to begin. This is a list which is designed to aid those that find themselves in the position that I once was.
- Economics In One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt If you only read one book on economics, read this one.
- The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics) – Thomas E. Woods Jr. If you’ve finished Economics In One Lesson and you’re wondering what to read next, read this. Don’t be discouraged by the title, this book has something for everybody.
- Man, Economy, and State – Murray Rothbard When you’re not quite ready to tackle Human Action, this is a good intermediate read. This is the book that I’m currently reading.
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand Some say that if you’re going to read Rand, you should start with Anthem. I couldn’t get into it, personally, so I’d recommend starting here.
- For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto – Murray Rothbard
- Anatomy of the State – Murray Rothbard
- We the Living – Ayn Rand A powerful, startling look at communism from the inside.
- Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse – Thomas E. Woods
- Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand If you enjoyed The Fountainhead and We the Living, then you’re ready for this one.
- Human Action – Ludwig von Mises
- Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action – Robert P. Murphy I’m excited by the idea of this book: the insights found in Human Action are conveyed in a modern fashion for the layperson. No prior knowledge of economics is required. I can’t wait to read this book!
- Science, Technology, and Government – Murray Rothbard Previously unpublished. Released in 2015. See my related post.
This list is by no means complete. In fact it may never be complete. I’ll add updates in the future but the reader cannot go wrong reading any of the above.
Please share your suggestions.