Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
3-16-12 Have to take a break. I can't pay attention enough to listen at night.