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Human Action: A Treatise on Economics [Paperback]

Ludwig Von Mises
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fox & Wilkes; 4 Revised edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930073185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930073183
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,166,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This set includes 4 books in a slipcase. Mises attributes the tremendous technological progress and the consequent increase in wealth and general welfare in the last two centuries to the introduction of liberal government policies based on free-market economic teachings, creating an economic and political environment which permits individuals to pursue their respective goals in freedom and peace. Mises also explains the futility and counter-productiveness of government attempts to regulate, control, and equalise all people's circumstances: "Men are born unequal is precisely their inequality that generates social cooperation and civilisation." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books ever written 16 Feb 2009
This is one of the finest and most important books ever written and yet the book is not widely known.
The author is the most important figure in the 'Austrian School' of economics but the book is about much more than economics, its about life and the motivating factors that drive humans in their interactions. The author hardly uses any numbers or charts, as normal in economic texts, but conveys the essence of the economics through a masterful use of simple language.
The book conveys deep psychological and sociological insights and combines this with a deep understanding of philosophy and politics to explain how and why humans act.
Buy this book and expand your understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of Economics 25 Sep 2009
Von Mises and his adherents in what has become known as the Austrian School are without doubt the most neglected grouping in Economics.
They are taught very little in the Keynes-obsessed economics departments of universities on both sides of the Atlantic, and yet present an entirely more coherent account of money, banking, finance and economic activity as a whole.
It would be fair to say that if their counsels had been paid greater heed, the current economic crisis would not have occurred.
Human Action is von Mises's magnum opus. Its very title tells us where all economic activity necessarily begins and ends - not with consumption, nor with fiscal or monetary stimulus, not the trade cycle or the multiplier, but with Human Action.
A must-read for anyone with a serious interest in economics.
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Ludwig von Mises was an intellectual giant, and this is in my opinion his greatest work, and possibly one of the most thoughtful, insightful and important books ever written. Other reviewers have already said in detail everything I wanted to, so I will simply confine myself to saying this is absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to truly understand political economics and social philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, enjoyable, and foundational. 14 Oct 2011
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If only more people would take the time and make the effort to work through this book, without prejudice, it would add to the quality of our political and economic discourse. Friends of mine, who study economics, have dismissed it without reading it because of what they mistakenly believe the author to represent.

As we implement lean management processes at work, I have found the foundations of this book to be useful tools and concepts for helping my operational staff understand why we are eliminating waste. All of us are taking actions, and the analysis is to what degree those acts will result in the end we are seeking. Basically, "Are you going to get what you want by doing that?"

In light of the U.S. debt, the housing crash, the Greek default(s), the banking crisis and bail-outs, consumer debt/spending, etc., I feel that this book is relevant and important now (again).

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