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dmfdmf · 2017-12-30 · Original thread
Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson is a good place to start.

daniloassis · 2017-09-11 · Original thread
One "Old" Book to Learn Economics: Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics [1]


pvnick · 2017-05-19 · Original thread
Henry Hazlitt, one of the economists quoted in the article, wrote a book called Economics in One Lesson [1]. It is a brilliant, and very approachable, piece of writing that should be read by everyone interested in the basics of economic theory.


dantheman · 2015-04-08 · Original thread
There's a lot to economics, one book that I think is really insightful and quite easy to read is Economics in One Lesson. It's main function is to highlight second order effects, or unintended consequences, of legislation on activity.

JeffL · 2010-10-03 · Original thread
"Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt is one of those perfect little books that can greatly expand your world view in one night. I highly recommend it. (

Also, I second Walden by Thoreau and suggest you read the Fountainhead. The Fountainhead isn't quite as blunt as Atlas Shrugged, but I find it a lot more life affirming and positive.

theschwa · 2009-03-24 · Original thread
Absolutely the best by far. I know you said no older books, but this one gets it down to basics, and always seems to be an example of "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it," is

Henry Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson

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