I was extremely surprised at the Knowledge and Insight that was put forth in this book in such an elementary and concise manner. The lack of the United States "Government", "World Governments", in failure to learn from not only local but internationally documented historical consequences to the results of taking excess from "workers", to pay/compensate "non-workers", thereby creating an increase of a [unwilling/unwittingly] government dependent people. Done: to be able to control these peoples!! This book should be taught on every street corner and field...
This book was last published in 1978, but the information it contains is still spot on in 2015. I wish all people and politicians would read it, understand it, and apply it.
The book was easy to read and follow along with. The book's content was very intellectually enlightening and contains necessary information for anyone who is just starting to learn about economics.
Economic concepts are well illustrated by easy-to-understand examples.
Jeff Riggenbach's reading of this book was well done. His tone enhances the reader's ability to interpret the information in the book.
The United States' economics policies have, for the most part, only hurt the economy.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who handles any amount of money!
I mistakenly thought this was a basic textbook on economic theory - a good starting place or refresher. But it's not. Instead, it's a series of of arguments in favor of post-WWII conservative economic policies. It doesn't start with "what is economics" like a real course, but dives right into critiques of high taxes, big government, etc. It makes some good points, but it's so one-sided that it seems untrustworthy. Also, it's from the mid-1940's, and some of the proposals are obsolete. If the author had limited himself to teaching basic economic theory, the book would have aged better, but since he's arguing for specific doctrines, it's out of date. If you're very conservative, you might like hearing these arguments for what you already believe. If you're looking for an even-handed objective book on economic theory, I don't recommend this.
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
No. Obviously he has his political stance and I don't share his values so I couldn't even finish this one.
Not angry. Basically this book has a view and an opinion but doesn't back it up with evidence. If I agreed with right wing laissez-faire economics, then I'm sure I would like this. But I don't. I see the world of economics in shades of gray. If you live in the world of gray rather than black and white, then this will probably not be worth your time.
Even if I didn't share the values of this economist, I was opened to learning something. But it's so obviously tinged with an agenda that I couldn't even do that. Big disappointment.
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This really helped me understand economics better and was easy to understand for the most part.
This is a great start to understanding the economic system.
I found this a little hard going. The analogies seem a little outdated. Some of the simple concepts are there but sometimes devolves into simple concepts to explain concept world and cultural issues (very US centric). Not my cup of tea but if discounted or cheap, maybe worth it.
Its to the point and the examples are clear.
Most of it... Just listen to it, it makes sense.
This is not so much an educational text as it is an argument for Mr Hazlitt's position. Some of his insight was valuable although it is not what I thought I was getting.