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Human Action, The Scholar's Edition

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Human Action is the most important book on political economy you will ever own. It was (and remains) the most comprehensive, systematic, forthright, and powerful defense of the economics of liberty ever written. This is the Scholar's Edition: accept no substitute.
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This is the Scholar's Edition: accept no substitute. You will treasure this volume.

The Scholar's Edition is the original, unaltered treatise (originally published in 1949) that shaped a generation of Austrians and made possible the intellectual movement that is leading the global charge for free markets.

Made available exclusively through the Ludwig von Mises Institute, this edition, Mises' original, is the one to own. Features include:

  • Hardback with beautiful cover designed for extreme use and durability.
  • Best price of any hardbound edition.
  • Preserved pagination of 1949 original.
  • 1954 index prepared under Mises's supervision, united here with the book for the first time.
  • Introduction by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Jeffrey Herbener and Joseph Salerno--based on newly discovered archives--telling the tragic and glorious history of this seminal work and heralding its bright future as a manifesto of liberty.
  • Keying to the world's first and only Study Guide to Human Action, by Robert Murphy, aiding in-depth study in a way never before possible.

All told, The Scholar's Edition looks exactly like the classic work it is, ready for a lifetime (or two) of use.

Mises himself wrote the following by way of explanation of why he wrote the book:

Economics does not allow any breaking up into special branches. It invariably deals with the interconnectedness of all phenomena of acting and economizing. All economic facts mutually condition one another. Each of the various economic problems must be dealt with in the frame of a comprehensive system assigning its due place and weight to every aspect of human wants and desires. All monographs remain fragmentary if not integrated into a systematic treatment of the whole body of social and economic relations.

To provide such a comprehensive analysis is the task of my book Human Action , a Treatise on Economics. It is the consummation of lifelong studies and investigations, the precipitate of half a century of experience. I saw the forces operating which could not but annihilate the high civilization and prosperity of Europe. In writing my book, I was hoping to contribute to the endeavors of our most eminent contemporaries to prevent this country from following the path which leads to the abyss.

The Scholar's Edition of Human Action is the definitive edition of this great work; the foundation of every library of freedom.

For a Human Action glossary try Mises Made Easier by Percy Greaves.


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by David
on 11/28/2011
from Wisconsin
Intellectually stimulating
You will need a bit of prior knowledge in philosophy, logic, and of course economics among other things before being able to get a complete understanding of this book, but if you're a curious intellectual, let this be your introduction to Praxeology.  If you want something a bit less difficult or time consuming, Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson is a great place to start, and I've heard that Murray Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State is an easier read than Human Action, but while I can personally vouch for the former, I have no experience with the latter.
by Alia
on 7/27/2011
from Utah
A True Classic
I read this book for a class in school, actually thats pretty much all we did, for the whole semester of class, but we all finished the book. It may have been hard to understand at times, it is a scholar's treatise on economics after all, but it is a book truly worth the effort to read.
by Robert
on 12/20/2010
from Millersville
Read This Book!
At first, Mises spends what seems to be an inordinate amount of time explaining and defending what would appear to be simple common sense logic. Eventually, it becomes apparent why this is necessary; modern economics, outside of the Austrian School, spends most of its time trying to obfuscate and deny simple common sense logic. I pressed through these chapters and I'm glad that I did. The initial sections set the stage for the type of reasoning that would be necessary to follow the rest of the book. This book filled a lot of the holes in my understanding of Austrian Economics. I kept finding myself chuckling aloud when, on page after page, Mises would make yet another brilliant and irrefutable point against statism and socialism, often blasting away common assumptions which are rarely, if ever, questioned by society at large. I was most impressed by his theory on the problems of economic calculation in socialism. The book was a tough read, but definitely worth it!
by Donnevan
on 12/20/2010
from Cape Town
So far so FANTASTIC !!
I got my copy along with many other things sent all the way to cape town, south africa. It arrived last week and I'm about 1/4 of the way through it. I have always enjoyed "intellectual" books, but never have I had one that has made me stop and think about what I have just read so often. This actual copy is of really high quality and I would say $20 is super cheep even if you paying in SA Rands. Thanks for the great book and service.
by veselin ivanov
on 7/14/2010
from bulgaria
I can not read the book
Не мога да чета книгата, изтеглили kngata електронен вид, но не мога да отворите файл , нямам такава програма за този файл ,....... такова силно желание да го прочетете , затова моля да ми го изпратите по имейл преведени на български език ! Веселин от България ! Град Burgas1
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ISBN 9781933550312
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date [1949] 2008
Binding HB
Page Length 912
Dimensions 6x9
Notes Glossary

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