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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A couple months back, I decided to search for libertarian book lists, compiling my own master reading list of both fiction and nonfiction. Be prepared - the list is long (133 books by 89 authors) and in no particular order.

  • Hans-Hermann Hoppe
    • A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism
    • Democracy: The God That Failed
    • The Economics and Ethics of Private Property
    • Economic Science and the Austrian Method
    • The Myth of National Defense
  • Ludwig von Mises
    • Human Action
    • The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science
    • Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War
  • Murray N. Rothbard
    • The Ethics of Liberty
    • Man, Economy and State (with Power and Market?)
    • Power and Market: Government and the Economy
    • For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
    • Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature
    • The Irrepressible Rothbard
    • Education: Free & Compulsory
    • America’s Great Depression
  • Henry Hazlitt
    • Time Will Run Back
    • Economics in One Lesson
  • Llewellyn H. Rockwell
    • The Free Market Reader: Essays in the Economics of Liberty
    • The Economics of Liberty
    • Speaking of Liberty
  • Frederic Bastiat
    • The Law
  • Milton Friedman
    • Capitalism and Freedom
    • Free to Choose
    • Tyranny of the Status Quo
  • David Friedman
    • The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
  • Linda & Morris Tannehill
    • The Market for Liberty
  • Randy Barnett
    • The Structure of Liberty
  • Lysander Spooner
    • No Treason No. VI: The Constitution of No Authority
    • The Lysander Spooner Reader
  • James J. Kilpatrick
    • The Sovereign States: Notes of a Citizen of Virginia
  • Jan Narveson
    • The Libertarian Idea
  • Loren Lomasky
    • Persons, Rights and the Moral Community
  • Felix Morley
    • Freedom and Federalism
  • Raoul Berger
    • Government by Judiciary: The Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment
    • The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights
    • Federalism: The Founder's Design
  • Bruce Benson
    • The Enterprise of Law
  • George Reisman
    • Capitalism
    • The Government Against the Economy
  • Ayn Rand
    • Atlas Shrugged
    • Philosophy: Who Needs It
    • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
    • The Capitalist Manifesto
    • The Fountain Head
  • Robert Heinlein
    • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    • Starship Troopers
    • Stranger in a Strange Land
  • J. Neil Schulman
    • Alongside Night
  • L. Neil Smith
    • The Probability Broach
    • The Gallatin Divergence
  • John C. Wright
    • The Golden Age
  • David Bergland
    • Libertarianism in One Lesson
  • Allan Burris
    • A Liberty Primer
  • Mary Ruwart
    • Healing Our World
  • Charles Sprading
    • Liberty and the Great Libertarians
  • Walter Block
    • A Lexicon of Economic Thought
    • Economics & the Environment
  • Jack Boulogne
    • The Zoo
  • Sheldon Richman
    • Separating School and State
  • Terry Anderson
    • Free Market Environmentalism
    • NAFTA and the Environment
  • Joseph Bast, Peter Hill & Richard Rue
    • Eco-Sanity
  • Poul Anderson
    • Harvest of Stars
    • Mirkheim
    • Orion Shall Rise
    • The Last of the Deliverers
  • Rose Wilder Lane
    • The Discovery of Freedom
  • Isabel Paterson
    • The God of the Machine
  • Henry Grady Weaver
    • The Mainspring of Human Progress
  • Richard Epstein
    • Simple Rules for a Complex World
  • Ronald Homowy
    • Dealing with Drugs
  • Wayne Lapierre
    • Guns, Crime, and Freedom
  • John Locke
    • Two Treatises of Government
  • Tibor Machan
    • Individuals and Their Rights
    • The Liberty of Virtue
    • Human Rights and Human Liberties: A Radical Reconsideration of the American Political Tradition
  • Robert Nozick
    • Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  • Adam Smith
    • The Wealth of Nations
  • Peter Brimelow
    • Patriot Games
  • Harry Browne
    • Why Government Doesn’t Work
  • Friedrich von Hayek
    • The Road to Serfdom
  • Auberon Herbert
    • The Right & Wrong of Compulsion by the State
  • Isabella Horry and Michael Walker
    • Government Spending Facts 2
  • Francis Kendall and Leon Louw
    • Let the People Govern
  • Albert Jay Nock
    • Our Enemy, the State
  • Filip Palda
    • Election Finance Regulation in Canada
  • Douglas K. Adie
    • The Mail Monopoly
  • R.W. Grant
    • Rent Control and the War against the Poor
  • Ronald Hamowy
    • Canadian Medicine: A Study in Restricted Entry
  • Charles Murray
    • Losing Ground
  • Christopher Sarlo
    • Poverty in Canada
  • Edmund Opitz
    • Leviathan at War
  • R.J. Rummel
    • Death by Government
  • Robert Merrill
    • The Ideas of Ayn Rand
  • Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. Den Uyl
    • Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order
  • Vernor Vinge
    • A Deepness in the Sky
  • James P. Hogan
    • The Multiplex Man
    • Voyage to Yesteryear
    • The Mirror Maze
  • David Boaz
    • Libertarianism: A Primer
  • Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    • Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War
  • Larry Elder
    • The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America
  • Jacob Sullum
    • Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use
  • John R. Lott, Jr.
    • More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws
  • Thomas Paine
    • Collected Writings
  • James Bovard
    • Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen
    • Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil
  • Justin Raimondo
    • An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard
  • Israel Kirzner
    • Ludwig von Mises: The Man and His Economics
  • John V. Denson
    • Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom
    • The Costs of War
  • Thomas DiLorenzo
    • The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
  • George Woodcock
    • Anarchism
  • Paul Edward Gottfried
    • After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State
  • Robert Higgs
    • Crisis and Leviathan
    • Depression, War, and Cold War
  • Ron Paul
    • The Revolution: A Manifesto
  • Richard Eberling
    • The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle
  • Randall Holcombe
    • The Great Austrian Economists
  • Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    • Meltdown
  • Robert Murphy
    • Chaos Theory
  • William Morris
    • News from Nowhere
    • An Epoch of Rest
  • H.G. Wells
    • Men Like Gods
  • Eric Frank Russell
    • Late Night Final
  • Alfred Bester
    • The Stars My Destination
  • Jack Vance
    • Emphyrio
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    • The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia
    • Left Hand of Darkness
  • Robert Anton Wilson
    • The Illuminatus Trilogy
    • Schroedinger's Cat
  • Corey Doctorow
    • Little Brother

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1 Responses to Libertarian Reading List (133 Books)

  1. I've been contacted several times (although no public comments have been posted) regarding the inclusion of Ayn Rand on this list. A healthy debate occurred on the Reddit forum for this post: http://is.gd/2jUdb.

    Whily Rand does not represent libertarianism, the objectivism espoused in her writing does have relevance in the libertarian canon. If nothing else, her books (like Milton Friedman's) provide a good primer.

     

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