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Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  13 reviews

Here is a magisterial book for today and the ages, one that inspires awe for both the subject and the author who accomplished the seemingly impossible: a sweeping intellectual biography, constructed from original sources, of the 20th century's most astonishing dissident intellectual. It has the apparatus of a great scholarly work but the drama of a classic novel.

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Hardcover, 1143 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Ludwig von Mises Institute
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ludvig von Mises is arguably the greatest unsung hero of the 20th Century, if not all time. I doubt if 5% of the American people have ever heard of him. The three primary reasons for this shameful neglect are clear; first, his chosen profession was economics, "the dismal science" that puts that 95% majority to sleep, if they think of it at all; second, his ideas and economic theories expounded the notion that government intervention in economic affairs is always counterproductive, putting him at ...more
Otto Lehto
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent and comprehensive biography of Ludwig von Mises, one of the greatest economists of all time.

The book covers a lot of territory and runs to a dangerous length. The bulkiness of the prose might scare off some readers, but the length is not necessarily a fault since the life of a Ludwig von Mises is easily worth a thousand pages. (And there aren't many competitors out there!)

Unfortunately the book is written from a devoted libertarian and right-wing perspective, so it is sometimes unfa
Patrick Peterson
Excellent! A few minor quibbles, but overall just fantastic. The author really, really knows his economics and does a first rate historical biography. His writing style is really fun. I loved the details he unearthed about Mises' life - especially his early years and during and after WWI.

Mises is even more heroic than I thought... and I've been a huge fan of his for over 30 years! If Hülsmann is right, it looks like Mises was willing to risk getting sent back to the Russian or Italian front for
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
The book is a good biography and provides context for his life and times.
Dennis Murphy
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Economic Historians and Libertarians
Just finished Jorg Hulmsann's "Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism" and came away very impressed. It took me a little over a month to finish, and there were some segments of hero worship that edged on the distracting, but Ludwig von Mises has earned a posthumous fan in the form of this student.

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TJ Wisner
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. The more I learn about Mises the more I am impressed with him. It's a shame he isn't a household name in mainstream economic circles. I had a modern economics class in college and can't remember his name getting a mention. Now fast forward to 2013 and I see him as the most important Free-Market Economist of the 20th century. About the book: This is not an economics book, but a fascinating story of the great man. Yes, it's almost 1200 pages, but you can't tell this great story in less t ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lvmi
Wow! Mises was indeed a very interesting and inspirational man. He was very well educated yet humble and open minded enough to evolve his own way of thinking. Although he started out sympathetic to interventionism, his views changed and he became one of the greatest advocates of freedom and liberty the world has known. Mises stood by the ideals of economic non-interventionism at a time when interventionism was all the rage, be it socialism, fascism, communism, or keynesianism. Mises listened and ...more
A well written and researched biography of not just Mises, but of the whole Austrian school of Economics.

My only complaint is that I kept waiting for a fairly in depth analysis of Human Action, but the author kind of glossed over it in less detail than most of the works covered. On the biography side, I enjoyed learning about the heartfelt friendship between Mises and Hayek.
Beth Haynes
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I am listening to this. Sometimes hard to understand the readers accent which is annoying. More than a biography of Mises, it's also a history of Austrian economics of the pre-WWI and II Europe.

3-16-12 Have to take a break. I can't pay attention enough to listen at night.
Kathryn Muratore
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular! Very readable, and so much more than a biography. It's also an economics lesson and a history lesson on classical liberalism and Central/Eastern Europe.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a story! Remarkable man.Remarkable book. At 1100 pages or so, was still too short.
Gerardo Caprav
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excelente libro que recorre cada tramo de la vida de Mises, sus aportes y su lucha incansable por defender el liberalismo/libertarismo hasta las últimas consecuencias.
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