Economics in One Lesson

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Crown, 1979 - Business & Economics - 218 pages
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A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern “libertarian” economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others.

Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the “Austrian School,” which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich (F.A.) Hayek, and others, Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman magazine, an influential libertarian publication.  Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal work, in 1946. Concise and instructive, it is also deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy.

Many current economic commentators across the political spectrum have credited Hazlitt with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy which occurred more than 50 years after the initial publication of Economics in One Lesson. Hazlitt’s focus on non-governmental solutions, strong — and strongly reasoned — anti-deficit position, and general emphasis on free markets, economic liberty of individuals, and the dangers of government intervention make Economics in One Lesson, every bit as relevant and valuable today as it has been since publication.

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Good economic intro. - Goodreads
Best book for an overview of economics ever! - Goodreads
Easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
I love the accessible writing. - Goodreads
Third, Hazlitt's prose is gorgeous. - Goodreads
This is a lucid and concise introduction to economics. - Goodreads

Review: Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

User Review  - Michael Korte - Goodreads

It seems a pretty good introduction to the way in which economists think. He occasionally resorts to aphorisms and presents hard data only when it makes a point against unions, really, which can be annoying. Still, a book I would recommend, regardless of political persuasion. Read full review

Review: Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

User Review  - Krollo - Goodreads

This is a great introduction to economic thinking - if not to economics as a whole. His method of considering all the consequences of a decision is a great truism. His incessant liberalism is not. If ... Read full review

About the author (1979)

Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman magazine, an important libertarian publication.  Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal text on free market economics, in 1946, bringing his ideas and those of the so-called Austrian School to the American scene. His work has influenced the likes of economist Ludwig von Mises, novelist and essayist Ayn Rand, and 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee and congressman, Ron Paul. Hazlitt has been cited as one of the most influential literary critics and economic writers of his time.

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