Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics. Human Action is his greatest work: a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in 1949, it ignited an eruption of critical acclaim.
Rose Wilder Lane wrote, “I think Human Action is unquestionably the most powerful product of the human mind in our time, and I believe it will change human life for the better during the coming centuries as profoundly as Marxism has changed all of our lives for the worse in this century.” Henry Hazlitt wrote, “It should become the leading text of anyone who believes in freedom, in individualism, and in a free market economy.” This book is a universally recognized classic in the field of modern economics.
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“Every now and then a book comes along that both sums up and extends the collected wisdom of some science. Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises, was such a book. Fifty years after it first came out, it is still one of the classics of economics...[and] still speak[s] to the vital debates of the day.” (Investor's Business Daily)
“Human Action says it all. In this towering masterwork, Mises makes the case for limited government and a free society, pointing out the inseparability between freedom and free enterprise—that you can't have one without the other.” (William H. Peterson, adjunct scholar, Heritage Foundation)
If I can manage to concentrate when listening to the content of this book, it is very enliightning. It is not a good title for the daily commute however. If I cannot follow along with each and every sentance, like when a car cuts me off and I suffer a Terrets siezure, I find that I am hopelessly lost and have to start the section over.
If I can manage to follow along, I think its great. IF...that is.
I couldn't get thru the first chapter. Von Mises can be hard for a layman to follow anyway, but the added distraction of a reader with British accent made it impossible for a country boy from South Carolina.
I rate it with two stars as a way to give credit for the importance the book may have had. However, reading (or listening to) it today, the book sounds very outdated, specially when it comes to the author's political positions. It's not the case of being in favor of or against the marxism or the communism. It's just that this discussion feels out of place nowadays. As to the philosophical part of the text, it builds its arguments based on assumptions and logical conclusions drawn from the author's own perspective. His logic could surely be contested, and if so, all the subsequent points made are useless. I don't recommend it.
Don't understand how other people rated this audio book, but I can tell you that I was never engaged. Probably the worst book in my library....
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