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Economics in One Lesson Audiobook

Economics in One Lesson

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Publisher's Summary

Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession. Covering considerable ground, Hazlitt illustrates the destructive effects of taxes, rent and price controls, inflation, trade restrictions, and minimum wage laws. And, he writes about key classical liberal thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Herbert Spencer.

©1962, 1979 by Henry Hazlitt; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"If there were a Nobel Prize for clear economic thinking, Mr. Hazlitt's book would be a worthy recipient...like a surgeon's scalpel, it cuts through...much nonsense that has been written in recent years about our economic ailments." (J.W. Hanes, former Undersecretary of the Treasury)

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    C. Childs 10-20-16
    C. Childs 10-20-16
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    "Great information and explanations"

    The explanations for such complex economics was wonderfully done. The narrator was easy to listen to and did not distract from the information.

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    Kian Ameli California USA 10-20-16
    Kian Ameli California USA 10-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Mandatory for all high schoolers"

    One of the great tragedies is that economics isn't sexy or easy to understand, so baseless emotional arguments win our over reason.

    Economics in One Lesson makes Econ a little sexier and a lot easier to understand.

    The reader does sound like my old math teacher though, which is unfortunate

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    Blake 10-15-16
    Blake 10-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "All should listen."

    Everyone should listen and understand this book. Most all of subjects were taught in grade school but may have fallen on deaf ears, try again.

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    Amazon Customer 10-12-16
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    What disappointed you about Economics in One Lesson?

    I was very disappointed with this book. I purchased the book with the intention of learning the basics of economics to help me better understand the subject for a class I was taking. I didn't feel I learned anything that would have helped prepare me for the class other than a little on politics and taxes.


    What could Henry Hazlitt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be more informative about the subject the title portrays, or change the title as it is misleading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Riggenbach?

    Don't know.


    What character would you cut from Economics in One Lesson?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Amazon Customer 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "solid"

    I wish our government would read or listen to this book.
    like most books they get a little wordy and over use examples to ensure understanding but could have been a little shorter and still been great.

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    H. Brandon Fry 08-25-16
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    ""It sounds simple when you say it that way...""

    The next time a politician tries to sell you a boondoggle in the name of "job creation," you'll be ready to call "shenanigans" for having read this book.

    Short version, when considering economic policies, stop focusing attention only on the particular and the short-term. Oh, and be honest about the real impact on the particular and short-term, while you're at it, as it often isn't nearly the boon protectionists, panderers and labor bosses claim it to be.

    When all factors are considered, the economy nearly always suffers net harm by policies that prop up inefficient and uncompetitive industries.

    Regarding the book, I found it engaging and eye-opening. I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone as a quick primer on the underlying thinking that has turned us into a culture of debtors.

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    Eirik 08-09-16
    Eirik 08-09-16
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    "Be mindful"

    Listening to this book was hard work, and very little came out of it. Obvious, rudimentary and simple ideas about economics, written in foggy, abstract and unnecessary long sentences sentences. If you enjoy what I just described, you're in for a ride..

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    Albin 07-27-16
    Albin 07-27-16
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    "Indispensable and eye opening"

    As the doctrines of special interest economics abound and are parroted by all media and classes, this book must be read by all who value freedom and prosperity.

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    pschi 07-19-16
    pschi 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It is a little repetitive"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Has little news, and quite superficial in what matters. Would be best going to Mises and Hayek.


    Would you recommend Economics in One Lesson to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Because time is scarce


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good.


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    Oakland Citizen Oakland, CA, USA 11-13-15
    Oakland Citizen Oakland, CA, USA 11-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Vile and nauseating garbage propaganda"

    Warning this is anything but a lesson in economics. It is anti-government, anti-worker, misanthropic, nanny state, neoliberal, dog-whistle, reactionary, conservative bullshit. Advocates loose, uncritical treatment of banks and increased suspicion of employees and democratic institutions. Painfully dated source references. Even asserts that child labor ceased merely because "the economy has improved and they were no longer needed." Discusses the function of banks without mention the profit made on the interest derived on loans. Comically shallow and self-serving arguments from beginning to end. I want a refund. This is not a book. It is a feudal state pamphlet.

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