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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ludwig von Mises Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Human Action is the most important book on political economy you will ever own. It was (and remains) the most comprehensive, systematic, forthright, and powerful defense of the economics of liberty ever written. This is the Scholar's Edition: accept no substitute. You will treasure this volume.

The Scholar's Edition is the original, unaltered treatise (originally published in 1949) that shaped a generation of Austrians and made possible the intellectual movement that is leading the global charge for free markets.

Mises himself wrote the following by way of explanation of why he wrote the book: Economics does not allow any breaking up into special branches. It invariably deals with the interconnectedness of all phenomena of acting and economizing. All economic facts mutually condition one another. Each of the various economic problems must be dealt with in the frame of a comprehensive system assigning its due place and weight to every aspect of human wants and desires. All monographs remain fragmentary if not integrated into a systematic treatment of the whole body of social and economic relations.

To provide such a comprehensive analysis is the task of my book Human Action, a Treatise on Economics. It is the consummation of lifelong studies and investigations, the precipitate of half a century of experience. I saw the forces operating which could not but annihilate the high civilization and prosperity of Europe. In writing my book, I was hoping to contribute to the endeavors of our most eminent contemporaries to prevent this country from following the path which leads to the abyss.

The Scholar's Edition of Human Action is the definitive edition of this great work and foundation of every library of freedom.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 2/5/2014

    " Not light reading but valuable teaching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Scarabin | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Zhou | 1/16/2014

    " More beyond economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Å erifović Asim | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Izaac | 12/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Elliott | 11/22/2013

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

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    " 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 Macfall | 9/29/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Ayala | 6/23/2013

    " Mindblowing treatise on the structure of societies. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/27/2012

    " "Economics is not about goods and services, it is about the actions of living men." This set the stage for my understanding of economics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JB Peterson | 7/17/2012

    " 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. "

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    " 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. "

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About the Author
Author Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973) earned his doctorate in law and economics from the University of Vienna in 1906. In 1926, Mises founded the Austrian Institute for Business Cycle Research. From 1909 to 1934, he was an economist for the Vienna Chamber of Commerce. Before the Anschluss, in 1934 Mises left for Geneva, where he was a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies until 1940, when he emigrated to New York City. From 1948 to 1969, he was a visiting professor at New York University.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.