Many of the books listed here or in the links are not libertarian in outlook. This is especially true of the history section. Still, I recommend them because the authors do a capable and often fascinating job of presenting their subject matter.
These lists are forever growing and are in an early stage of development.
Iíve put together a starter set in each category for people who are interested in reading but donít know where to begin. I know Iím missing some gems. If you have some strong recommendations, please shoot me an email.
Economics is the study of acting man with respect to how he provides for his wants and needs in a world of scarce resources.
Economics in One Lesson -- by Henry Hazlitt
Planning for Freedom, by Ludwig von Mises
History is a search for explanation in past events.
Almost everyone has heard of Santayanaís observation that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. Yet people emerge from schooling with little idea of what happened in the countryís past. Demagogues love ignorant voters.
The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War -- by Thomas J. Dilorenzo
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War
Patriots -- by A. J. Langguth
The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton by Richard M. Ketchum
The American Revolution, Bruce Lancaster, J. H. Plumb, Richard M. Ketchum (Introduction)
Politics is the study of the manner in which people seek legitimacy in coercing others.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Roosevelt Myth by John T. Flynn
Selected Essays in Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
1984 by George Orwell
Other Interesting Sites