Blaze Books sat down with National Review’s roving correspondent, New Criterion theater critic, outspoken libertarian and author of titles including the recently released “What Doomed Detroit,” “The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure“ and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism,” Kevin Williamson, in order to get his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers’ hearts. Below is the fourth in a multi-part series, in which we asked Williamson his picks for most important books on economics, plus some commentary.
In case you missed the first three parts of our series, be sure to check them out too:
- Part I: 3 books for progressives friends and family members for the holidays
- Part II: 3 foundational books on political philosophy
- Part III: 3 books for children
Williamson’s selections are as follows:
1. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes
Keynes is a bit like the Grateful Dead: He is associated with some pretty smelly tendencies, but the problem is more his admirers than his actual work. Libertarians should not sneer at Keynes.
2. Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
At the other end of the spectrum, “Human Action” [reviewed by Blaze Books with some help from Henry Hazlitt here] is a fascinating book, though a difficult one, and its interest goes well beyond economics. Mises begins with a few straightforward propositions and sets about deriving from them an extraordinarily complex method of analysis. “Human Action,” more so than any other book I can think of, demonstrates that economics is simply another word for reality.
Via National Review*: Kevin D. Williamson is National Review’s roving correspondent. His Exchequer blog covers debt, deficits, and the intersection of finance and politics. He is the author of “The End Is Near and It’s Going To Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure,” “The Dependency Agenda,” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism,” and contributed chapters to “The New Leviathan: The State Vs. the Individual in the 21st Century“ and “Future Tense: Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval.” When he is not sounding the alarm about Fiscal Armageddon, he is the theater critic at The New Criterion.
Williamson began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group and spent 15 years in the newspaper business in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. He served as editor-in-chief of three newspapers and was the founding editor of Philadelphia’s Bulletin. He is a regulator commentator on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Commentary, Academic Questions, and other publications. He is a native of Lubbock, Texas, and lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @KevinNR.
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