by Henry Hazlitt
A fundamentally simple and profound explanation of economics that simplifies and clarifies the basics concisely and effectively. Read this before picking up any other book on economics (seriously).
by Thomas Sowell
Having recently retired, Sowell has produced numerous excellent works. This one is the most quintessential. Whether you understand the basics of economics already or not, this is a great place to start. What makes Sowell truly unique? Every economic principle is explained with beautiful anecdotal prose.
by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
The fundamental free-market explanation for why the 2008 housing crisis and following recession occurred. Tom Woods also lays out an easily understand explanation of why state-monopoly over money is…well, terrible.
by Thomas DiLorenzo
Written by an writer and Economics Professor Thomas DiLorenzo, this book is about one of the best concise (each chapter can be read in a 10-20 minutes) exposition of the numerous problems with socialism. I believe every college student should have this included in their curriculum. (You can watch his lecture on this book here.)