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Libertarianism Arrives in July!

January 30, 2010 by

Libertarianism Today, by legal scholar J.H. Huebert, will be published in July by Praeger. I’ve seen draft copies of the manuscript, and believe me, this will be a terrific book. It’s the only concise guide to modern libertarianism that is soundly grounded in Austrian economic, anti-state, anti-war, and decentralist principles. The $44.95 price may be a bit steep, but Huebert says it will also be available in an affordable Kindle edition and a free audio edition.

From the publisher’s description:

As government grows by leaps and bounds, libertarianism is receiving more attention than ever. Written from a contemporary perspective by an attorney and law professor who is also an award-winning journalist, Libertarianism Today provides an engaging introduction to the movement’s ideas and people, serving as a jumping-off point for readers who want to know more.

Beginning with the general libertarian principle that one person cannot initiate force against another, even if that person is part of the government, the book examines the implications of this principle for a wide range of contemporary issues: war, health care, personal liberties, economic policy, monetary policy, and intellectual property rights. It introduces the people behind the libertarian movement and explores the strategies–including education, activism, and litigation–libertarians are pursuing to advance their ideas. By laying out the current state of the movement, author J. H. Huebert shows how, even as it gets more mainstream-media exposure than ever, today’s libertarian movement has only become more radically opposed to the Washington DC status quo.

{ 12 comments }

Renegade Division January 31, 2010 at 1:22 am

Free Audion, awesome!

NonAntiAnarchist January 31, 2010 at 1:46 am

Will it be available in the Mises Store? This will be a sure purchase for me :)

Floyd January 31, 2010 at 3:19 am

$44.95??

Someone who doesn’t believe in copyrights should get me a scanned copy forthwith!

lol.

Sounds very interesting though.

MB January 31, 2010 at 10:50 am

who is the author? Never heard of him.

Also, I always check out on-line bookstores for good prices…

jeffrey January 31, 2010 at 10:52 am

I’m sure it is fantastic. We’ve never had much luck with Praeger. Maybe this time will be different. I’ll say what everyone is thinking: conventional publishing model means no online distribution. Maybe they will do Kindle or something.

I look forward to the day when this period of transition is over and no publisher would even consider locking up a book – nor would any author publish with one that would.

HL January 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I feel a touch sad he went with a mainstream publisher, but I am sure he had his reasons. He is a good writer.

Jeffrey Tucker January 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

These days, we might have been in a position to bid hard for the book but when this project was begun, we were just getting the hang of the model we’ve instituted more recently. In any case, we’ll see about getting some printings just for Mises.org distribution – perhaps at a reasonable price.

J.H. Huebert January 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for the post, and thanks for the comment, HL. I “went with a mainstream publisher” because the publisher was looking for someone to write a book about libertarianism! As Kinsella mentioned, the audio will be free (online) and the Kindle version will be inexpensive.

Tom Woods January 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm

J.H. Huebert is right — the publisher was looking for someone to write on this topic, so I’m glad someone with Huebert’s knowledge and ability, rather than someone else, took on the project. I, too, have seen it, and share Stephan’s enthusiasm.

AH January 31, 2010 at 9:00 pm

It would be great to get this via the Mises store! I am really looking forward to it.

Fallon February 1, 2010 at 1:34 am

I wonder if and to what degree Huebert’s work will compliment or contradict Brian Doherty’s “Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement”.

Big L February 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Thankfully, it sounds like it will totally contradict Wayne Root’s “Conscience of a Libertarian”.

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