The Libertarian Reader by David Boaz

The Libertarian Reader

The first collection of seminal writings on a movement that is rapidly changing the face of American politics, The Libertarian Reader links some of the most fertile minds of our time to a centuries-old commitment to freedom, self-determination, and opposition to intrusive government. A movement that today counts among its supporters Steve Forbes, Nat Hentoff, and P.J. O'Rourke, libertarianism joins a continuous thread of political reason running ...

Details The Libertarian Reader

TitleThe Libertarian Reader
Release DateFeb 4th, 1998
PublisherFree Press
GenrePolitics, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Economics, History, Political Science, Reference

Reviews The Libertarian Reader

  • Angel
    I am not rating it low because it was a bad book. I am glad to have read through it because it gave me some exposure to ideas I do not often get exposed to. These days, it is very hard to tell apart conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals, and other labels. If you want to get a good sampling of what it is to be libertarian and what readings and authors helped to create and influence libertarianism, then this is a good primer to go. It con...
  • Michael Scott
    This book offers a foundation overview of Libertarian philosophy. This is your "go-to" book if you're seeking to expand your knowledge of individualism, free markets and other ideas that Libertarians espouse.
  • Rsoeffker
    Absolutely nothing bad to say about the book. Short writings from people who are smarter than you. High re-readability!
  • David Robins
    A thorough overview of libertarian thought and development; I will be adding books written by many of the essay writers to my reading list (notably Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia). Herbert Spencer's essay "The Right to Ignore the State" was particularly inspiring; but in all, a great book for anyone curious about the traditions, philosophy, nature, and consequences of liberty.
  • Jennifer Townsend
    Excellent selection of essays on Libertarianism, if perhaps a bit too focused on the market. Also surprising was the lack of any specific Ayn Rand essay, just the Playboy interview with her and an analysis on her views. Boaz's reasoning for not including any of her specific work seemed weak to me, and I hope in future editions he reconsiders.
  • Melissa
    I received this book as a Good Reads first read. I didn't read this cover to cover but I skimmed through and read many of the essays. It's a good mix of essays of varying length. Everything is short enough that you can get the point of the essay without being lost in the terminology or politics. There are works by Frederick Douglas and John Locke, an interview with Ayn Rand, a short section with ideas from Lao Tzu. You won't get weighed down with...
  • Randy L. Smith
    This book for me is an excellent reference with a thorough sample of all the libertarian thinkers over the centuries. I find reading 18th and 19th century writings difficult and therefore some essays are a chore. A bibliography and index would be advantageous.
  • Ambrose Miles
    Apparently politics is not one of my strong suits. I slogged along trying to stay interested and awake. Lots of good stuff here for someone else.
  • Craig Bolton
    The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman by David Boaz (1998)
  • Erik
    Still slogging my way through. More a collection of short essays all separated into chapters with a common theme. I'm trying to understand the past so I can figure out the future.
  • Johnny
    i liked this at the time..