ecinoneEconomics in One Lesson

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). 


Basic Economics

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. 


Meltdown: AMeltdown Free Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

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.


The Problem With Socialism

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.)

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