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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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