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Recently, a correspondent wrote me and complimented me in respect to certain of my essays. Appreciating I had views on a variety of matters, and further having perceived that I had an extensive library, he wondered if I have put a list of those books which I most enjoyed. (Maybe I should rather write, "those which I found most instructive," which, for me would be the most enjoyed.) So, here it is. The list is not set out in order of preference, but by author, alphabetically. I should conclude by saying that a number of these works are available for a "free" download; just search the 'net.

  • Atom, Man, and the Universe, The Long Chain of Complications by Hannes Alfven (San Francisco: Freeman, 1969)

  • The Dawn of the XIXth Century in England by John Ashton (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 5th ed., 1906)

  • The English Constitution (1867) by Walter Bagehot (Oxford University Press, 1928)
  • Biographical Studies (1867) (London: Longmans, Green; 1889)

  • The Law (1850) by Frederic Bastiat

  • The Limits of Liberty by James M. Buchanan (University of Chicago Press, 1975)
  • With Gordon Tullock, The Calculus of Consent (1962)

  • Two essays by Edmund Burke: On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Reflections on the French Revolution (1790)

  • The Nature of the Judicial Process (1921) by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (Yale University Press, 1961)

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

  • Early Victorian Novelists by Lord David Cecil (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1935)
  • The Fine Art of Reading (London: Constable, 1957)

  • Don Quixote by Cervantes

  • Law of the Constitution (1885) by Albert Venn Dicey (London: MacMillan, 9th ed., 1950)

  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968)

  • Capitalism and Freedom (1962) by Milton Friedman (University of Chicago Press, 1982)

  • Progress and Poverty (1879) by Henry George

  • Autobiography of Edward Gibbon by Edward Gibbon (Oxford University Press, nd)

  • The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek (University of Chicago Press, 1976)
  • Capitalism and the Historians (University of Chicago Press, 1963)
  • The Fatal Conceit, The Errors of Socialism (University of Chicago Press, 1989)

  • Economics in One Lesson (1946) by Henry Hazlitt (New York: Arlington House Publishers, 1979)
  • The Free Man's Library (University of Chicago Press, 1989) (Princeton, N.J., Van Nostrand, 1956)
  • The Failure of the "New Economics": An Analysis of the Keynesian Fallacies (Van Nostrand, 1959)

  • One of my favorite essay writers is one from the early 18th century, William Hazlitt. I have read many of Hazlitt's essays. His best are in his Political Essays (1819) and The Spirit of the Age (1825)

  • The Worldly Philosophers (1953) by Robert Heilbroner (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1953)

  • The Autocrat of The Breakfast-Table (1857) by Oliver Wendell Holmes (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1953)

  • The Common Law (1881) by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Mr Justice) (Boston: Little, Brown; 1990) 56th Printing

  • A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard (New York: Crowell, 1924) (Less than 50 pages)

  • Keynesianism - Retrospect and Prospect by William Harold Hutt (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1963)

  • Essays of a Biologist (1923) by Sir Julian Huxley (Pelican, 1939)
  • Evolution: The Modern Synthesis (London: Allen & Unwin, 1942)
  • Evolutionary Humanism (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus, 1992)

  • Modern Times, From the Twenties to the Nineties (1923) by Paul Johnson (New York: HarperCollins, 1991)
  • Intellectuals (New York: HarperCollins, 1991)
  • The Birth of the Modern (World Society 1815-1830) (New York: HarperCollins, 1991)

  • The Face of Battle (1923) by John Keegan (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1993)
  • The Mask of Command (Viking, 1987)

  • The Passing of Parliament by G. W. Keeton (Keeton was the dean of the faculty of Laws at University College, London. In this work, Keeton took up Lord Hewart's view that the executive encroaches on the powers of the legislative and judicial branches such that the sovereignty of Parliament, especially due to party discipline, has become a fiction.) (London: Ernest Benn, 1952

  • Our Heritage of Liberty by Stephen Leacock (London: Bodley Head, 1942)

  • Freedom and the Law by Bruno Leoni (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 3rd Ed., 1991)

  • The Public Philosophy by Walton Lippmann (Boston: Little, Brown; 1955)

  • The Influence of Seapower Upon History (1660-1783) by Alfred Thayer Mahan (London: Sampson Low, nd [c1889])

  • Great Novelists & Their Novels by W. Somerset Maugham (Philadelphia: Winston, 1948, 1st Ed.)

  • Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

  • The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945) by Sir Karl Popper
  • The Poverty of Historicism (1957)

  • The Spirit of the Common Law by Roscoe Pound (Boston: Jones, 1921)

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1943)

  • How to Read History (1952) by Archibald Robertson (New York: Ungar, 1963)

  • The Great Thoughts by George Seldes (1891-1995) (I owe a lot to this book, I bought it back in 1985 at an airport just before flying off on a vacation; I took notes, and on my return I followed up on the original works, good works, - a sea of good works, over which I have shaped my course.) (Ballantine, 1985)

  • Capitalism (1990) by Arthur Seldon (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991)

  • Virginibus Puerisque (1881) by Robert Louis Stevenson (London: Heinemann, 1924)

  • On Liberty, Society, and Politics: The Essential Essays of ... (1881) by William Graham Sumner (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1992)

  • Civil Disobedience (1848) by Henry David Thoreau
  • Walden (1854)

  • Democracy in America, 1835-39 by Count Alexis de Tocqueville

  • British History in the Nineteenth Century by George Macaulay Trevelyan (London: Longmans, Green; 1924)

  • Washington's Farewell Address by George Washington

  • A Short History of the World (1922) by H. G. Wells

  • The Principles of Judicial Proof (1922) by John Henry Wigmore (Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1931)

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