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Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Lowe Press (first published 1944)
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Patrick Peterson
Updated 24 March 2017
Very timely, especially considering the book came out in 1944, during WWII.
I read this book originally about 1979 or 1980 and loved it.
Just read it again at the urging of Jeff Tucker over the last year and a half. No regrets in spending the time needed to reread at all. In fact, I am very glad I did.

The book is about the rise of Nationalism in general with special, but not exclusive, focus on Nazism in particular. But it is NOT your typical book about Hitler and the Nazis, t
Yifan (Evan) Xu (Hsu)
Sep 30, 2013 Yifan (Evan) Xu (Hsu) rated it it was amazing
 This book is of paramount value for any political science scholars or anyone who is interested in such field.
 There was no intent to fully grasp every doctrines illuminated by Mises in this book when I first read it. But it was manageable to synthesize some key points and added my own evaluations:
  I. two ideological trends:
  In the Western history of last five hundred years, there are two distinctive ideological trends.
  Enlightenment initiated first the trend of individualism: fr
Patrick Peterson
This edition is beautiful.
Liberty Fund creates some of the best value classic books around and this one is a good example.
Acid free paper, attached bookmark, clear printing, nice cover and an excellent short new Foreward to this edition by the series editor Bettina Bien Greaves, mean that this will be the best reference for years and many readings to come. Oh, it also fixed a flaw in the typesetting that I had noticed (a transposed line) in the earlier edition that I had previously read.

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Dec 17, 2016 Alberto rated it really liked it
a bit outdated and on the positivist end, this book gave me good insight on the liberal doctrine backed by logic flawless a times. some arguments are still very recent. recommended reading.
José Antonio Lopez

Ludwin Von Mises wrote Omnipotent Government in 1944 at the last days of WWII. Mises describes the philosophical grounds of the Nazi movement. A book rich in history background and a though provoking plan for the future.

In the first part Mises explains the German Liberalism during the middle of the XIX when the ideas of the classical Liberalism were partially adopted in Germany. According to Mises:
"At about the middle of the nineteenth century those Germans interested in political issues were un
Ryan Long
Mar 18, 2012 Ryan Long rated it liked it
This is a comparatively weak work in the Mises oeuvre. It is not a book about economics, it is a history book covering the ideological changes in Germany that resulted in Nazism. There are a bit more polemics in this book, by Mises standards, compared to his other works, so at times it is difficult to tell how much of what he is saying is historical fact, and how much is his own interpretation.

More importantly, Mises makes his case against Nazism both more clearly and more concisely in other wor
Zachary Moore
Surprisingly for a work by von Mises, this book is mostly a history of 19th and early 20th century Germany explaining the eventual rise of the Nazis. The sections on economics were comparatively short and chiefly dedicated to the thesis that economic nationalism and the strive for autarky must inevitably lead to war and conflict, apropos of the adage that if good don't cross borders, armies will. Mises makes a number of good points in the book, pointing out that the national socialists were inde ...more
Austill Stuart
Aug 02, 2012 Austill Stuart rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book for people who are not familiar with Mises and/or economics in general. This book is history book above all- covering mostly Germany in the mid-19th century to the time he wrote it (WWII). He not only accurately predicts the downfall of Hitler, he also shows why any such regime is doomed to failure, by touching more upon the economic and epistemological arguments he more thoroughly discusses in some of his larger works, such as Socialism and Human Action. I feel this boo ...more
Martin Whatwouldthefoundersthink
Many in America are falling prey to the same lies that ensnared early 20th century Europe. The weak point in our system of government is that it requires a base level of understanding of the principles of sound economics. Those who advocate class warfare, and mass unionization of industry are successful only because of a declining understanding on the part of the masses they manipulate. Ludwig von Mises’ Omnipotent Government helps readers maintain that understanding.

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John Sharp
A beautiful writing on the true causes of the rise to power of Adolf Hilter. I've read a few books on the causes of WWII and Hitler and the explanation provided in this book is one of the best accounts I have ever read. If you are interested in WWII, economics, human nature, the general mindset of an advanced "cultured" society like the 19th to early 20th century Germans then this book should be your departure point. Don't stop at Mein Kampf, or any other book supposing the answers to your quest ...more
Josh Hanson
Feb 09, 2010 Josh Hanson rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely fascinating. While I couldn't completely get behind some of his utilitarian arguments, the book as a whole was passionate, enlightening, and helped me to understand so much more than merely what Nazism was all about. It has helped me to understand where Nazism came from.
Mike Fox
Mar 08, 2012 Mike Fox rated it liked it
Far more readable than The Theory of Money and Credit and Human Action since the subject is history instead of economics. An interesting read of the rise of socialism at the beginning of the 20th century from an Austrian perspective.
Jake Desyllas
Aug 07, 2016 Jake Desyllas rated it really liked it
Great quote from this book: "No human cooperation and no lasting peace are conceivable if men put loyalty to any particular group above loyalty to humanity, moral law, and the principle of every individual’s moral responsibility and autonomy.”
Nov 28, 2016 Mythack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Essential economic dissection of the totalitarian mindset.
Craig Bolton
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As expected, Mises excels on economics, but most of the book is shockingly shortsighted on historical issues.
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]; September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.
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