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What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Author: Murray Rothbard
1963, 119 pages
In this short book, you learn just what money is, what the best form of money is, and most importantly: why governments always move to control money.
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The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar

Author: Murray Rothbard
1962, 72 pages
Learn why gold, throughout the centuries, has always emerged as the ultimate money and why today the dollar needs to be backed 100% by gold.
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The Case Against the Fed

Author: Murray Rothbard
1994, 151 pages
Another Murray Rothbard masterpiece explains the evils of the Fed and fractional reserve banking.
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What You Should Know About Inflation

Author: Henry Hazlitt
1960, 151 pages
Although first published fifty years ago, this book continues to refute the common Establishment positions about inflation. If this book doesn't convince you that inflation is a money/credit phenomenon, nothing will.
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Economics in One Lesson

Author: Henry Hazlitt
1946, 206 pages
Originally published in 1946 and republished in 1986, this is another Hazlitt classic text that has helped millions of Americans understand basic economics and the free market. Despite the title, this is not a boring read.

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Intermediate Selections


The Mystery of Banking

Author: Murray Rothbard
2008, 291 pages
Discusses banking fundamentals, how expanding money supplies in the past have led to booms followed by busts. It concludes with a chapter that dismembers the Fed. (Any discussion today about banking mandates a discussion of the Fed.) If this book had been used as a college text over the last two decades and discussed honestly in classrooms, fractional reserve banking and the Fed would already be history.
If you already have a grasp of money, start with The Mystery of Banking. Still, the other short Rothbard books are better primers.

 

The Origins of the Federal Reserve

Author: Murray Rothbard
2009, 120 pages
This book is chapter two in Rothbard's History of Money and Banking. Rothbard reveals that the Fed did not originate as a response to national need, as was publicized, but was established by government officials and large financial/banking interests for their own benefit, along with paid-for economists gave the scheme a scientific patina.

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The Inflation Crisis and How to Resolve It

Author: Henry Hazlitt
1978, 190 pages
Originally, intended to be a rewrite of the 1960 What You Should Know About Inflation, this book not only clarify just what inflation is but also dispels Establishment-promoted notions that someone other than the Fed and fractional reserve banking is responsible for inflation.
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History of Money and Banking in the United States

Author: Murray Rothbard
500 pages
Here's what the Ludwig von Mises Institute says about this scholarly treatise: Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the Colonial Period through the mid-20th century to show how government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor.
This is not the first book you want to read on money, but it may be the last to you have to read to be completely convinced that of the nefariousness of fractional reserve banking and paper money.
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America's Great Depression

Author: Murray Rothbard
1963, 337 pages
If not Rothbard's magnum opus, certainly his most controversial book because it dismisses the myth that Roosevelt's New Deal lift us out of the Great Depression. This book is more about economics than money; it is a great read.
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Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

Author: Ludwig von Mises
1949, 912 pages
Here's what the Ludwig von Mises Institute says about this book: 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.
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The Theory of Money and Credit

Author: Ludwig von Mises
1953, 493 pages
Mises shows how money had its origin in the market, and how its value is based on its usefulness as a commodity in exchange. In a step-by-step manner, Mises presents the case for sound money with no inflation, and presents the beginnings of a full-scale business cycle theory.
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The Monetary Sin of the West

Author: Jacques Rueff
1972, ** pages
Rueff, a financial advisor to Charles de Gaulle when he was president of France, played a significant role in forcing Nixon to abandon the gold exchange standard in 1971. France and other European nations were redeeming U.S. dollars at a rate that threatened U.S. gold reserves. The title reveals what the book covers.
Most copies of this book sell at collector prices. Look for pdf copies on the Internet.
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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Author: Charles MacKay
1841, ** pages
This is the bible on bubbles. The Mississippi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble and the Tulipomania chapters deal not only with human emotions that result in bubbles but also the inflation that is necessary for bubbles to happen.
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The Mainspring of Human Progress

Author: Henry Grady Weaver
1943, 388 pages
The true story of progress for the human race with acute understanding of the fundamental causes: freedom and capitalism, which led to unimaginable creativity and the spreading and creation of wealth, which has not occurred under any other system.
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