Ten Really Good Books

by Don Boudreaux on May 2, 2007

in Books, Economics

My latest column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review discusses ten of my favorite economics books, aimed at a general audience, written in the 20th century.

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Jason May 2, 2007 at 7:31 am

No Thomas Sowell?

Matt May 2, 2007 at 9:34 am

Invisible Heart without Sowell?

Speedmaster May 2, 2007 at 11:51 am

Agreed, while Hazlitt is great, Basic Economics by Sowell is a rock-solid classic imho, his follow-up is great too.

Andrew May 2, 2007 at 4:28 pm

The Thomas Sowell books (Basic Economics and Applied Economics) taught me the importance of economic reasoning and the obvious in hindsight ways they apply to policy decisions. I would have liked to see them get som publicity.

Sean May 2, 2007 at 5:58 pm

5th-ing Sowell, especially Basic Economics.

Python May 2, 2007 at 7:59 pm

6th-ing Sowell.

Ray G May 2, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Maybe this confirms my fringe like belief that Sowell is too mainstream for the Boudreaux's and Cowen's of the noveau pop world of econblogs.

Henri Hein May 3, 2007 at 2:21 pm

What did you think of "The Undercover Economist?" Tyler Cowen calls it "one of the very best introductions to the economic way of thinking." (http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2005/10/the_undercover_.html)

cpurick May 3, 2007 at 3:49 pm

I turned to the list expecting Sowell as well.

Are you going to tell me Basic Economics isn't better than any of those books???

Matt May 3, 2007 at 4:35 pm

The market has spoken! The list must be amended!

Ray G May 3, 2007 at 10:20 pm


I think it's a typepad thing. I've seen amazon links disappear rather quickly elsewhere on typepad based sites. Although I'm sure it's not only typepad, that's just what I've noticed.

Stealing bandwidth I suppose.

masinn September 27, 2008 at 5:39 am

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