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Economics in One Lesson Audiobook

Economics in One Lesson

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.
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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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    tparker 02-14-15
    tparker 02-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best lesson ever."

    Everyone should know this and practice it through out their lives. Easily understood and a great narrator. Listen to it all.

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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 05-24-13
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!

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    "This is for the right"
    Would you try another book from Henry Hazlitt and/or Jeff Riggenbach?

    No. Obviously he has his political stance and I don't share his values so I couldn't even finish this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jake St. Petersburg, FL 04-25-13
    Jake St. Petersburg, FL 04-25-13
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    "great book"
    Where does Economics in One Lesson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There aren't any characters


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Economics in One Lesson?

    This really helped me understand economics better and was easy to understand for the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great start to understanding the economic system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MR PORTLAND, OREGON, United States 09-09-12
    MR PORTLAND, OREGON, United States 09-09-12
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    "A little hard going"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


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    Russon Astoria, NY, United States 05-19-12
    Russon Astoria, NY, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Might be old but still relevant."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Its to the point and the examples are clear.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Economics in One Lesson?

    Most of it... Just listen to it, it makes sense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Melrose, WI, United States 03-11-12
    Ben Melrose, WI, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Economic argument"
    What would have made Economics in One Lesson better?

    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.


    What three words best describe Jeff Riggenbach’s performance?

    clear, flat


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    nathan Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-12
    nathan Toronto, ON, Canada 01-30-12
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    "Economics is not rocket science"
    Where does Economics in One Lesson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good one. Mr. Hazlitt explains what the basic ideas are in the world of economics. It turns out, I discovered that economics is not a science as there are premises upon which the theory is based and if the premises are wrong, so are the conclusions.
    How does this apply to todays world?
    If Keyneism is wrong, and it appears that is it, then the world is headed for a major breakdown.
    Hazilitt would shake his head in disgust at the belivers that run the Federal Reserve and the government as they have entirely too much confidence that they are right and more debt will solve the current problems. I hope they know what they are doing, but I'll bet one one of them has read this book.


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    Bill Bloomington, Indiana, United States 12-26-11
    Bill Bloomington, Indiana, United States 12-26-11
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    "nice primer"
    Where does Economics in One Lesson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better ones I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not much of a story, just a lot of facts with significant examples to support the theory being put forth.


    What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

    Very clear reading


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    somewhat surprised because of the ideas presented made me think of how some decisions I make in my daily life ma.y have profound affects across the overall economy


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    Frank West Valley City, UT, United States 06-03-11
    Frank West Valley City, UT, United States 06-03-11
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    "Well Done"

    The speaker of the words contained brings forth a great insight into the writings of Henry Hazlitt. Very well performed and well pronounced words within.

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    David BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 01-25-11
    David BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2014

    Marketing Consultant in Birmingham

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    "Economics made easy to understand"

    This book has a great view in modern economics, the process of money, behavior in our part, the government and its place in the free enterprise.

    Is a must have, not for everyone but more for the entrepreneur or the open minded, notice that is more about you been comfortable with this kind of information, still affect you and me the same.

    Although some times is better to live in the ignorance, well that is until we are ready to accept the truth. If you are in business or trade of some kind, or simply wanna expand your knowledge about economics, then this book is highly recommended by me.

    Easy to understand, great narration, here take five stars from me... Great job Mr. Henry Hazlitt!!!

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