Imperialism and Social Classes

Joseph Schumpeter was not a member of the Austrian School, but he was an enormously creative classical liberal, and this 1919 book shows him at his best. He presents a theory of how states become empires and applies his insight to explaining many historical episodes. His account of the foreign policy of Imperial Rome reads […]

The Conquest of Poverty

Long before Charles Murray took on the topic, Henry Hazlitt wrote an outstanding book on poverty that not only provided an empirical examination of the problem but also presented a rigorous theory for understanding the relationship between poverty and income growth. He examines poverty in the ancient world, the poor laws of England, the advance […]

Human Action

The masterpiece first appeared in German in 1940 and then disappeared, only to reappear in English in 1949. It was a sensation, the largest and most scientific defense of human freedom ever published. As is well known, Mises’s book is the best defense of capitalism ever written. It covers basic economics through the most advanced […]

My Years with Ludwig von Mises

A moving account of her life with “Lu,” from their first days in Vienna to his death in New York in 1973. The reader learns that Mises was a warm and gentle husband, in addition to being a great mind. The author reports interesting anecdotes on various encounters with famous economists and philosophers, both in […]

On Doing the Right Thing

This wonderful collection of essays by Albert Jay Nock, first published in 1928, includes his “Anarchist’s Progress,” “Thoughts on Revolution,” “The Decline of Conversation,” and other classics by this great American essayist and influential libertarian thinker. This book has been very difficult to find, but now appears in this special Mises Institute series. On Doing […]

Our Financiers: Their Ignorance, Usurpations and Frauds

by Lysander Spooner I. THE great battle in Ohio for more money,—by which is here meant the political canvass for the year 1875,—in which the whole country participated, is still worthy of notice, not only because there is doubtless a widespread determination to fight it over again, but also because it affords a ludicrous, but […]

Money, Method, and the Market Process

by Ludwig von Mises This volume might be called the Mises Reader, for it contains a wide sampling of his academic essays on money, trade, and economic systems. Some of them, like “Observations on the Cooperative Movement,” have not been published previously. Others, like “The Idea of Liberty Is Western,” have already made their mark on […]