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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ludwig von Mises Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781455169740
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Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics, and Human Action is his greatest work. It is a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in English in 1949, it was a sensation, the largest and most scientific defense of human freedom ever published, igniting an eruption of critical acclaim. For instance, Rose Wilder Lane wrote, “I think Human Action is unquestionably the most powerful product of the human mind in our time, and I believe it will change human life for the better during the coming centuries as profoundly as Marxism has changed all of our lives for the worse in this century.” Henry Hazlitt wrote, “It should become the leading text of anyone who believes in freedom, in individualism and in a free market economy.” The acclaim has not ceased, and the book is universally recognized as a classic in the field of modern economics.

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  • “[Human Action] should become the leading text of everyone who believes in freedom, in individualism, and in the ability of a free-market economy not only to outdistance any government-planned system in the production of goods and services for the masses, but to promote and safeguard…those intellectual, cultural, and moral values upon which all civilization ultimately rests.”

    Newsweek

  • “Every now and then a book comes along that both sums up and extends the collected wisdom of some science. Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises, was such a book. Fifty years after it first came out, it is still one of the classics of economics...[and] still speak[s] to the vital debates of the day.”

    Investor's Business Daily

  • “This is Ludwig von Mises’ magnum opus, the magisterial contribution in which he develops his flagrantly controversial philosophy of the social sciences, his brilliant entrepreneurial theory of the market process, and his devastatingly consistent classical liberal perspective on political economy, into an overarching system of extraordinarily impressive scope. Human Action is a work that has, for almost half a century, retained its freshness and its relevance…Recent developments in the economics profession suggest that the most far-reaching impact upon economic thought exerted by this celebrated work may be that still to come.”

    Israel M. Kirzner, New York University, author of Competition and Entrepreneurship

  • Human Action says it all. In this towering masterwork, Mises makes the case for limited government and a free society, pointing out the inseparability between freedom and free enterprise—that you can’t have one without the other.”

    William H. Peterson, adjunct scholar, Heritage Foundation

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willie Red | 2/2/2014

    " This is and Man, Economy, and State by Murray N. Rothbard are works of genius! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JB Peterson | 1/31/2014

    " I think it contains a wealth of economic knowledge, but is such laborious reading that I will depend upon the Cliff Notes for my economic enlightenment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Void lon iXaarii | 1/31/2014

    " Probably the most abstract book on economics/human action. On the downside sometimes the author tends to take rigor a bit too far (for fun) and I actually initially even skipped some initial chapters, however given what interesting and surprising results you can eventually reach I guess it makes sense for those sections to be there. You're likely to encounter subjects others have written whole books about condensed into a few phrases and some symbolic notations... on the upside however, some results are really fascinating and of huge human&social consequences and some truly eyeopening stuff in there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 1/29/2014

    " The original virtue of the Austrian School of economics, aside from Menger's ability to coherently connect cause and effect for Austrian policymakers who never listened to him, is that it was an early adopter of the idea that economics as a school of thought must be based on what are now called "micro principles" like individual human behavior. An economy, ultimately, is the sum of individual market choices, each one made because the actor thought they would gain from it. Mises attempted to (and certainly did not even come close to succeeding at) provide the foundation for a science of individual behavior that did not rest necessarily on psychology. He did this for the right reasons, but his effort was totally in vain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trenton | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book. It can be an abstruse read at times, but it is a rewarding experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deane | 1/18/2014

    " If you have patience for economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/18/2014

    " This is a classic and a must read for anyone who wants to understand TRUE free market economics and how it can create an eye opening realization of the fraud of both the welfare and warfare state. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nedland P. | 1/4/2014

    " von Mises is way to heavy for the average economist, much less the average layman; but a must read for anyone who wants to really understand Austrian economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Elliott | 1/2/2014

    " A complicated book, but it is a must if you want to understand economics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 1/1/2014

    " Not light reading but valuable teaching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Zhou | 12/9/2013

    " More beyond economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/25/2013

    " Amazing, dense, the future of understanding the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/22/2013

    " I skipped the first few chapters - his ramblings on philosophy of human condition, action and free will are pretty forgettable. But the the later parts on pure economics (Part IV, starting with chapter 12) are superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Still | 4/20/2013

    " Insightful...and incredibly difficult to read. "Human Action" is von Mises Magnum Opus and the definitive source book for Austrian Economics. However, if you are coming to the subject fresh, then "Human Action" is not the best place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Perez | 11/18/2012

    " The best work on economics ever written. If Mises had been an anarchist he'd have been perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 9/30/2012

    " Heavy economics -- but the conservative kind. I didn't really like Hayek, but this book impressed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Macfall | 9/5/2012

    " Ludwig von Mises's magnum opus of economic analysis through praxeology, and one of the greatest defenses for the free market ever composed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Don | 8/8/2012

    " Notable only now for ideological and historical reasons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izaac | 5/1/2012

    " A remarkable work. It's very dense; I would read only a few pages (and occasionally a few paragraphs) before I felt compelled to pause for consideration, exploration, and integration of the concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Å erifović Asim | 2/1/2012

    " A must read for anyone who wants to understand the basics about Economics and Human action. Mises is truly a genius ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Ayala | 7/8/2011

    " Mindblowing treatise on the structure of societies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Scarabin | 3/11/2011

    " I'd been introduced to his ideas through others but this was the first book of his that I've read in entirety. Incredible. Very clear common sense approach to economics. A must read for anyone interested in economics or life in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nedland | 12/11/2010

    " von Mises is way to heavy for the average economist, much less the average layman; but a must read for anyone who wants to really understand Austrian economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/16/2010

    " Mindblowing treatise on the structure of societies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pollo | 12/30/2009

    " A must read if you want to learn about Austrian economics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 9/20/2009

    " The best work on economics ever written. If Mises had been an anarchist he'd have been perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/8/2009

    " Mises makes a very strong case for free market. He starts with a simple premise such that Humans act to remove uneasiness and takes that to its logical conclusion. "

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