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Economics in One Lesson Audiobook
Economics in One Lesson
Written by: 
Henry Hazlitt
Narrated by: 
Jeff Riggenbach
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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    Thomas 10-21-15
    Thomas 10-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Dripping with contempt"

    I did not appreciate the tendency of the author to belittle any and all that schools of thought that disagree with him. This tendency subtracts from the arguments being presented and weakens his case. If the author truly believed his ideas superior then such tactics wouldn't be necessary.

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    David 09-08-15
    David 09-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "This should be required reading"

    It's amazing how relevant this decades old text still is today. The simplicity of Hazlitt's thesis and its potential impact on the economy of our country is why I suggest this should be required reading for every single school child before receiving a diploma. This book contains something for everyone to chew on regardless of your level of understanding of basic economics. It is also a blunt reminder of how rational thought has succumbed to political interests.

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    James Morris 08-16-15

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    "Insane economic policies and their effect"

    Explains cause and effect of insane unsustainable economic policies. And how they can be turned around.

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    Brent 08-13-15
    Brent 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Even more pertinent now than when written"

    Easy to follow reasoning highlighting the hidden consequences of economic intervention. Highly recommended...especially to Janet Yellen and all elected officials

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    Jon Plano, TX, United States 07-06-15
    Jon Plano, TX, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Written so long ago and still so true"

    Very eye opening. The insights written about so long ago are still so true yet we continue down the same slippery slope.

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    HarleyHigh 04-26-15
    HarleyHigh 04-26-15

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    "Shameless Governments !!"

    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...

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    JLP TX 04-22-15
    JLP TX 04-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "EVERYONE Needs to Read This Book!"

    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.

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    Darren 03-03-15
    Darren 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for the economics beginner!"
    What made the experience of listening to Economics in One Lesson the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Economic concepts are well illustrated by easy-to-understand examples.


    What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

    Jeff Riggenbach's reading of this book was well done. His tone enhances the reader's ability to interpret the information in the book.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The United States' economics policies have, for the most part, only hurt the economy.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who handles any amount of money!

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    Jim Foley St. Louis, Missouri, USA 02-17-15
    Jim Foley St. Louis, Missouri, USA 02-17-15
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    "Conservative editorial, not an economics textbook"
    What did you like best about Economics in One Lesson? What did you like least?

    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.


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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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