These are books that I would recommend for children. I think they are great, and my children love them!
1.) The Tuttle Twins series. These teach the principles of liberty to children in nice little chunks of time. I have read them to my kids and my son, who is four, is starting to read them, although he does have issues with some of the bigger words. They are indispensable. If you use the link above and the Discount code PARENT you get 25% off your order!
2.) Whatever happened to penny candy. I have read this book in anticipation for when my children would be able to read it. It is a good book that lays out economics in a clear and concise manner for children to understand. This is for older children, pre-teens I would say.
3) Lessons for the young economist. This is a book/workbook that has a teachers manual as well. This is for junior high and high school aged kids or even those who haven’t studied economics at all.
4) Economics in one lesson. This is an indispensable book. It is for high school ages and above and it breaks down economic fallacies into nice sized chapters. Hazlitt builds on Bastiat’s book The Law
5) The Three Lads and the Lizard King. This is a fun book written by Bob Murphy, who also wrote lessons for the young economist above. It is for 8-year-olds and above. It is a fun and engaging book that I would recommend.
Recommended books for adults.
These are books that I have found indispensable and they are mostly liberty related.
1) The Revolution: A Manifesto. This book is one of the first liberty books I came across. It laid out a minarchist/constitutionalist perspective of how things should be. It destroyed my neocon ideas of the country.
2) Nullification. This is by Tom Woods and this book laid out the case for states rights like I had never seen before. I had researched it on my own but Tom’s book laid waste to any and every argument that against it.
3.) Anatomy of the State. Murray Rothbard. What can be said for this little book, it strikes at the root of what the state is and is not. This is the first time that I had considered Rothbard and considered his ideas of anarcho-capitalism. This book is not much more than 60 devastating pages that tear’s apart the idea of the state.
4.) The Ethics of Liberty. This is Murray’s manifesto on the ethics of liberty framed in natural rights theory. He addresses RobertNozick’ss criticism of anarchy and does a good job at handling them. This lead to the next one.
5) For a New Liberty. This book is a critique of the state as well as Rothbard providing penetrating libertarian solutions to societal problems. These are great solutions that provide valuable insight in how to apply the libertarian legal theory to a multitude of problems.
6) Choice. This is by Robert Murphy. This is a primer to human action. This is what I would recommend to before reading Human Action.
7) Man, state, and Economy with power and Market. This treatise lays out from the foundation up Austrian Economics. It is a huge tome, coming in at 1700+ pages but it is actually easier to understand than Mises’ Human Action.
8) Libertarian Anarchy, By Gerald Casey. This book is short, sweet, and to the point. It takes down the state on the judicial and law fronts it is devastating and laid out by a master logician.
9) The Problem with Political Authority. This book takes the majority of arguments for the state, including the social contract, and destroys them. It is a good book to read, although it can be tedious at times.
10) The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. This book blew me away when I first read it. Its title makes it sound dull. It is one of the most intellectually exciting books I have ever read.
11) Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays, by Murray N. Rothbard. The quality of the essays in this book is astounding. You will not think the same way ever again after reading “Anatomy of the State” and “War, Peace, and the State,” to name just two.
12) Education: Free and compulsory, by Murray Rothbard. This book is a great history of the education reformers and what they sought to do. I would suggest this book simply for that.
13) Passion-Driven education, By Connor Boyack. This was a great resource on how to inspire my child’s learning and it partly what sparked this endeavor! It is a wonderful book, not too long either.