More Free Books Online

Human ActionThe first one is, “Human Action: A Treatise on Economics“, by Ludwig Von Mises. This book is one of the, if not the, most important work of economic or social theory written in the twentieth century, it is written by a world-respected economist with Human Action being his masterpiece. A must read for anybody even remotely interested in economics.

The book can be found here, along with other free books on the right hand side.

The second one is, “I, Pencil” by Leonard E. Read. Milton Friedman describes the book this way,

Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” has become a classic, and deservedly so. I know of no other piece of literature that so succinctly, persuasively, and effectively illustrates the meaning of both Adam Smith’s invisible hand—the possibility of cooperation without coercion—and Friedrich Hayek’s emphasis on the importance of dispersed knowledge and the role of the price system in communicating information that “will make the individuals do the desirable things without anyone having to tell them what to do.”

It is a very small and light read, if you have time during lunch or something, it is a perfect time to read it. It can be found here.

The third one is, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments“, by Adam Smith. The Adam Smith Institute describes it this way, ” It was not the famous Wealth of Nations, but a work on ethics and human nature called The Theory of Moral Sentiments, which made Adam Smith’s career. It was the sensation of its age, sold out in weeks. … In The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith asks that most fundamental question: Why do we regard certain actions or intentions with approval and condemn others? At the time, opinion was divided: some held that the only standard of right and wrong was the law and the sovereign who made it; others, that moral principles could be worked out rationally, like the theorems of mathematics. Smith took a completely new direction, holding that people are born with a moral sense, just as they have inborn ideas of beauty or harmony. Our conscience tells us what is right and wrong: and that is something innate, not something given us by lawmakers or by rational analysis. And to bolster it we also have a natural fellow-feeling, which Smith calls “sympathy”. Between them, these natural senses of conscience and sympathy ensure that human beings can and do live together in orderly and beneficial social organizations”.

The book can be found here.

The fourth one is, “The General Theory” by John Maynard Keynes. This is book should be read more for historical significance than modern economic education, as economist Tyler Cowen explains, “Keynes’s great contribution was to create an economics in which a persistent Great Depression was possible. But on policy recommendations, I would stick with Milton Friedman, or for that matter Keynes’s earlier Tract on Monetary Reform. We can recognize the dangers of deflation without embracing Keynes’s seductive yet unworkably byzantine analytical framework”.

The book can be found here.


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