As a follow up to his monograph on Ludwig von Mises, Eamonn Butler has written an excellent primer on the core of Austrian economics. Published by the Adam Smith Institute in the UK, this primer covers the main contributions of the Austrians, from value theory to the business cycle, in a manner specifically targeted to the newly curious. I’ve had a look at it in draft form. The prose has a nice pacing to it, and his highlighting of the main thinkers provides a very competent overview.
This new interest in Austrian theory in the UK is all quite exciting. It is striking that the theoretical draw here is directly related to the business cycle theory. In the past, people were drawn to Austrian theory because of issues of entrepreneurship or methodology or value theory. But now we see that the draw is more practical: only Austrian theory seems to fully account for the global recession. For more on this, see The Second Austrian Revival.