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LUDWIG VON MISES (1881-1973) earned his doctorate in law and economics from the University of Vienna in 1906. In 1926, Mises founded the Austrian Institute for Business Cycle Research. From 1909 to 1934, he was an economist for the Vienna Chamber of Commerce. Before the Anschluss, in 1934 Mises left for Geneva, where he was a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies until 1940, when he emigrated to New York City. From 1948 to 1969, he was a visiting professor at New York University.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged LIBRARY (part 1 of 2 parts) edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786101911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786101917
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,778,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Read on October 16, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Although written 70 years ago, every thing in this book is clear and relevant today. Von Mises gives the definitive refutation of socialism, and the reason why the classical liberal program is the only practical way for advancing the human condition. Every possible arguement for a socialist or a statist regime is shown to be logically flawed. The book is also written in a very clear and readable format, which is somewhat surprising considering that the book is so old, and a translation from the original German. Von Mises shows why he started the modern movement toward freedom.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By bregen@empe.com on June 3, 1998
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The book explains in detail the reasons that all socialist experiments have failed miserably during the last 100+ years. Mises describes why purely socialist economies, bereft of a method of economic calculation, are incapable of ascertaining the true value of a social activity. Without a calculation methodology, socialist societies are forced into a tremendous misallocation of economic resources. Ultimately,it is human potential that suffers the most. In a bizzare twist, Marx's central critique of capitlism's failure to adquately address human growth and potential can be more accurately directed against socialism. Written in 1922, this classic work prophetically describes the misery and poverty produced by fascism, communism, interventionism, and all other variants of socialism.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on November 28, 2011
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I've been studying economics for many years and this book simply describes the downfall of socialism in terms everyone should understand. "Opium for people", Mises tells about the unworkable nature of socialism in such clear words. One wonders why this unbelievable economic system still exists, but for human beings ignorance. Simply put, it never has worked, never will work and still our politicians of the world sell the belief. I loved Mises description of socialism and it's violent tendencies (which people who long for "free stuff" always forget. In summary, there are many great reveiws of this book but it truly is timeless and in many ways feels and reads like it was written yesterday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bike Mike on April 6, 2014
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Eye-opening expose on the true nature of socialism and its logical conclusion communism. Must read! Warns clearly of the socialist path travelled Progressivism since early 20th century.
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