I don't know why I didn't read this when I was in high school; it should be required reading for every high school student.
Either way, this is a non-technical, easy to read treatment of how a government monopoly on money hurts individuals and why a gold standard works with free people.
The fact that it is such an important subject and so easy to understand from his writing is what makes this book so good, in my opinion.
What a great book.
Rothbard's ability to clearly explain how things work really shines in this book. Read more
AND... The rest of the statement depends on whom it is coming from. It is there that the unity stops and grave disaccords among various schools of economics - such as mainstream... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Miroslav Krajnak
Teaches more than most college intro economics courses while providing a clear history of the monetary systems of the world. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Jacob Kral
I think this was a good book for someone like me. I recommend it to people who aren't economists, but are interested in understanding some of the underlying issues in an economy.Published on January 20, 2012 by K. Braddock
I expect that this will go over about as well as a critical review of The Bible . . .
1. Is a gold standard really needed? Read more
I have an MBA from a tier 1 school, but I found myself humbled by Rothbard. I am now reading Man, Economy and State because I was so impressed with this book. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by George Kucera
This book seems to be a collection of parts of other works, but that is fine. The central arguments are simple and powerful, and perhaps of that, it is sure to be ignored. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Thomas Curry
What is money? How did money originate? Why have money at all? What role does money play in the economy? What is so special about gold and silver? What is the gold standard? Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by canteloop
Like Einstein once said: if you can't explain it in a simple way, you probably don't understand it yourself. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by A. Tjallinks