©1988 Eamonn Butler; (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Riggenbach, a radio announcer and longtime voiceover artist, has an engaging, authoritative voice." (Talking Book Review)
This book is a thoroughly outstanding explanation of the work of Ludwig von Mises. Butler takes Mises' complex work and translates it into a very readable presentation of ideas. It's a great complement to F.A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom." I recommend it to those who are interested in why the Obama administration's policies and stimulus efforts are slow to impact the recession and return us to prosperity. The basics laid out in this book give great insights into how we got into the current economic mess. Considering that, it also gives strong cues as to how to get us on the path to long term economic strength.
Very interesting story behind one of the great economists who stands in the shadow of Hayak and Keynes (but deserves to stand with them). It was not overly technical and all in all enjoyable.
I would recommend it to a studious intgeligent friend because it gets right to the kernal of how society is motivated or restrained.
This book is unique in my experience. I wanted to read about the man but instead I discovered the idea. The idea is more powerful than the man, even though the author does not hesitate to point out flaws.
Riggenbach has a wonderful voice and comprehension of the subject.
I listen to parts of this book over and over to build my undrstanding of those parts that contrast with popular opinion.
Mises was a slave of truth. He was incapable of adjusting to popular trends.
I had not realized how much von Mises focused on the psychological and emotional aspects of economics; had always assumed he was more of a pure rationalist. Found myself saying, "Yes, that is where the classical model fails" and "Yes, empiricism can ony crudely capture that." A very worthwhile book read well!
It is a good overview of economic ideas and if you enjoy economics it is entertaining to listen to. Nothing very advanced but a good overview to listen to while your on the go.
I really enjoyed listening to it, but its not your dreamy type of story where you can really be engaged emotionally. Its all logic baby. If you are interested in a great economist boiled down to his essentials in a format that takes close attn, but is easier then the real thing, this is a great listen. I reccomend it.
Slowed down at times... Fixed on operative words a tad more specifically
This was a little complicated and I had to listen to some parts more than once. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Von Mises has a great perspective on economics and I loved listening to it in this generalized format.
If the author did not use rhetoric to write a book about statistics and used statistics to write a book about statistics. The book makes generalizations about how different classes of people react to situations and then magically create a causality. Use statistics.
Much was fictional but no characters.
All of it!!!
Don't recommend this book.
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