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Literally encyclopedic -- almost the length of a volume of the Britannica in terms both of number of pages and content per page--Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics is the philosophically and intellectually strongest and most comprehensive book in the defense of laissez-faire capitalism that can be found anywhere in the world at the present time. It is state of the art in ...more
Hardcover, 1096 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Jameson Books (IL)
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Eric Rasbold
May 31, 2014 Eric Rasbold rated it it was amazing
This gets an honorable mention in "Books that don't suck."

If EVER you wanted to know the proper application of capitalism in its purest form - this is the read for you. Exceedingly dry, but awesome - even if you are not an economist.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute has a true scholar and philosopher here in Professor Reisman.

I recommend the hard copy.

Mary Ann
Sep 13, 2014 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
A comprehensive apologia of capitalism. Taken together with Principles of Economics by Karl Menger and Human Action by von Mises, we have here a quite complete little library of economic master-works.
John Boettcher
Aug 09, 2013 John Boettcher rated it it was amazing
This isn't a defense of capitalism as it is the entire explanation of capitalism, freedom, life, liberty, and the markets, and those forces that seek to under-mind that freedom for their own gain. Reisman does an amazing job of taking the reader line by line through every single topic imaginable in this amazing tome. I rate it third only next to Human Action by Mises and Man, Economy, and State by Rothbard.
Sep 22, 2012 Gregory rated it it was amazing
As a layman with limited time, I have only read portions of George Reisman's lengthy and analytical, yet in parts bold and dramatic, book "Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics," but what I read provided great insight and solid evidence of the rightness of Capitalism for human life. Reisman's mentors were Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises.
Zachary Moore
An excellent defense of economic freedom and fascinating for its integration of Austrian and Classical economics. Extraordinarily thorough, though this double-columned 1,000 page tome is definitely a long-range reading project.
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George Reisman, Ph.D., is Pepperdine University Professor Emeritus of Economics, and the author of Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (Ottawa, Illinois: Jameson Books, 1996; Kindle Edition, 2012), The Government Against the Economy; Warren Buffett, Class Warfare, and the Exploitation Theory; The Benevolent Nature of Capitalism and Other Essays; Labor Unions, Thugs, and Strom Troopers; and, most r ...more
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