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.