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Economics in One Lesson – the wait continues

May 21, 2008 by

I’m not the most patient person in the world, so the wait wait wait, for months, for our new edition of Economics in One Lesson is killing me, to tell you the truth. Do you know about this book that is coming? It is the first hardbound volume of this amazing classic to appear in, how long?, many decades probably. Not entirely sure. We chose the first edition to immortalize with this edition. It has a spunky and brilliant introduction by none other than Walter Block. And when we set out on this venture, we had two key goals: hardback and super-duper affordable. We had to go to the ends of the earth to achieve this. But it worked. What’s coming is an edition that you can buy in bulk just to keep around and hand out to everyone who needs a solid education in economics. I’m very confident that this edition will be the one that prevails in the market.

Actually for years the search has been on to find the new “Economics in One Lesson” but we might as well recognize that there will never be another book like this one — nor does there need to be. This is the book. It is timeless and wonderful in every way. We might as well give up trying to find something something that is better as a first economics book because this one is it.

There are events in the life of an institution that serve as landmarks. I think of the 1982 edition of Theory and History as a defining event. The first Mises University is another. I have fond memories of our 20th anniversary celebration. Also, the appearance of Hulsmann’s Last Knight was breathtaking, as was the publication of Mises’s Human Action in a Scholars Edition. So this is another one: finally, Economics in One Lesson in a wonderful edition at an affordable price! May it once again become a bestseller after 52 years!

So when will it be here? Let’s just say that it is on a slow boat from…it will be here at some point. Be still my heart.


jaqphule May 21, 2008 at 9:44 am

Will there be an electronic version of some sort? I almost never read books on slices o’ dead tree anymore; it almost feels weird when I do.

jeffrey May 21, 2008 at 9:55 am

Well, this is sticking point. Of course if it were up to us, it would be online now! but the rights tangles on this book are endless–the stories here are beyond belief–so I seriously doubt that this one will be online, sadly.

Paul May 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

The 1952 edition is on-line at FEE: http://www.fee.org/library/books/economics.asp

Mr.huh? May 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

No offense meant to Hazlitt or the Mises Institute, but what about the wait for “Economic Controversies” by Murray N. Rothbard, “Neither Left Nor Right” by Lew Rockwell, “Privatize the Highways” by Walter Block, and “The Turgot Collection”? I’ve been anticipating these releases for what seems like over a year now and am much more looking forward to them than a book that already available (albeit a classic one in its original condition).

jaqphule May 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm


Thanks, buddy! I can’t believe I never found that link myself before now.


Gil Guillory May 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I have a hardbound version of this book from Fox and Wilkes, published in 1996, with an introduction by Steve Forbes.

jeffrey May 21, 2008 at 12:57 pm

All the books you mention above and more are in the works in various stages. We’ll get there!

Jake May 21, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Here’s another online link to the book.


Personally, I prefer and do have the “tree” type. Can’t see myself lounging on a sofa with a PC. :-)

john May 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm

What is “Economic Controversies” by Murray N. Rothbard?

jeffrey May 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Economic Controversies is the applied 2nd volume equivalent of MES. It contrasts Rothbardian political economy to the mainstream.

So long as I’m posting, this you will not believe: we just got word that Econ in One has arrived!! Working on making it live now but it might be tomorrow.

john May 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Was Economic Controversies written as a planned whole by Rothbard, or is it a compilation of smaller pieces like the one on Keynes that was recently posted as a daily article?

Alex Peak May 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

“We chose the first edition to immortalize with this edition.”

Any reason for this? I own and have read the 50th anniversary edition. I absolutely loved it.

I like the idea of getting a Blockian introduction, but I see no reason not to go with Hazlitt’s second edition, which has more content than his first edition. For example, the second edition has a chapter on rent control.

If it’s not too late, I would strongly recommend using the second edition text.

For those wanting to listen to the first edition, you can find that here and here.

Alex Peak

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