Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Man, Economy, and State” as Want to Read:
Man, Economy, and State
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Man, Economy, and State

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A pillar of the Austrian School Library and the last full-blown treatise on economics. If Mises's Human Action was the culmination of the School from Menger's time, Rothbard's treatise takes Austrian thought even further in the areas of utility and welfare economics, antitrust, labor, taxation, public goods, and social insurance schemes. Inconsistencies are ironed out and ...more
Paperback, 987 pages
Published June 15th 1993 by Ludwig Von Mises Inst (first published 1962)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Man, Economy, and State, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Man, Economy, and State

Economics in One Lesson by Henry HazlittHuman Action by Ludwig von MisesThe Law by Frédéric BastiatMeltdown by Thomas E. Woods Jr.Man, Economy, and State by Murray N. Rothbard
The Austrian School of Economics
5th out of 82 books — 88 voters
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand1984 by George OrwellThe Road to Serfdom by Friedrich HayekEconomics in One Lesson by Henry HazlittThe Law by Frédéric Bastiat
Best Libertarian Books
18th out of 213 books — 180 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 779)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Clinton
Man, Economy, and State epitomizes and depicts the true essence of the Austrian School of Economics. Murray Rothbard successfully accumulates comprehensively through and through the key fundamentals in the methodological individualist approach to economics established by the study of praxeology. Praxeology is the study of human action, so it symbolizes the act of purposeful behavior. In physics, mathematics establishes critical components of unmotivated behavior of inanimate entities whereas in ...more
Mike Fox
Five stars doesn't do this book justice. Walter Block said it best when he called Man, Economy, and State "excruciatingly brilliant." Once I finished the book I had to force myself not to start all over from the beginning to relive the brilliance. Throughout the book I imagined Rothbard conducting a symphony that started soft and quiet but grew and grew as more of economic truth was revealed and the crescendo reached its climactic ending with Rothbard hurling lightning bolts at the violent inter ...more
Gregory Sun
Although Rothbard's work offers an easy alternative to reading Mises, packing the same ideas into a more modern prose, the book is nothing special and offers few new insights that have not been developed by authors before him. Furthermore, while the economics profession as a whole has moved on to a higher level of scientific rigor, Rothbard remains behind in his insistence that economics be only a pure deductive a priori science.
The prominence of the a priori rationalist view to Austrian epistem
...more
John Boettcher
The only book that tops this one is Human Action by Mises himself. The book is not for the faint of heart or the faint of mind and determination because you will need all three to get through this book. However, if you do, you will have increased your knowledge of the world beyond belief! Not just in economics, but in almost every avenue of life. Like I said, the only thing that beats this book from Rothbard is Human Action.
Jayesh
This book is truly a revelation. A complete and cohesive account of how the economy works, derived analytically through first principles. However this book is not an easy read. A lot of re-reads of individuals chapters may be required to clearly understand what Rothbard is saying. Took me three months of reading to complete this book. However every read was enjoyable. Shatters all conventional economic understanding from your economics education. Definitely should be read by everyone interested ...more
Jason Keisling
This is by far the best book on economic principles that I've read. I cannot recommend this enough.
Jeff Delezen
This is an excellent book that focuses on the use of Praxeology as the proper methodology for analyzing economic behavior. This is a must read even if you will disagree with it. Reading it will give you at least an undergraduate understanding of economics; additionally, you'll be more articulate than a graduate student and will probably be able to overwhelm most Ph.D's in economics.
Nedland P.
Another of the "Austrian" greats, outlines his ideas on the economy.
Joe Martin
Nov 17, 2014 Joe Martin marked it as have-unread
"Man, Economy, and State by Murray Newton Rothbard (1993)"
Bojan
Bojan added it
Aug 29, 2015
Giovani Facchini
Giovani Facchini marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Shahrose
Shahrose marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Georgi Vasev
Georgi Vasev marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2015
Robert Pierce
Robert Pierce marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2015
Jamie
Jamie marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2015
Franny
Franny marked it as to-read
Aug 18, 2015
Chris
Chris marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2015
David Addiss
David Addiss marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Anthony St-peter
Anthony St-peter marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2015
Woods
Woods marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2015
Sean Turner
Sean Turner marked it as to-read
Aug 04, 2015
Kristen Rosenthal
Kristen Rosenthal marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2015
Reffan
Reffan marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2015
JJ Liberty
JJ Liberty marked it as to-read
Aug 01, 2015
Ollie
Ollie marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2015
Brayden
Brayden marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 25 26 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Theory of Money and Credit
  • Principles of Economics
  • Individualism and Economic Order
  • Democracy--The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order
  • The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays
  • The Failure of the New Economics
  • The Case for Gold: A Minority Report of the United States Gold Commission
  • Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse
  • Knowledge And Decisions
  • Defending the Undefendable
  • That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen
  • Economics for Real People: An Introduction to the Austrian School
  • The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
  • Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles
46810
Murray Newton Rothbard was an influential American historian, natural law theorist, Aristotelian and economist of the Austrian School who helped define modern libertarianism. Rothbard took the Austrian School's emphasis on spontaneous order and condemnation of central planning to an individualist anarchist conclusion, which he termed "anarcho-capitalism".

Source: Wikipedia
More about Murray N. Rothbard...
What Has Government Done to Our Money? and The Case for the 100 Percent Gold Dollar For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto The Ethics of Liberty Anatomy of the State The Case Against the Fed

Share This Book