If you want to learn how we have gotten to where we are today, then you've landed at the right spot.
These books were some of the first books I ever read on economics.
They were preceded only by "The Alpha Strategy" (My Most Visited Post! Free Download! A great book for today in these inflationary times), the Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, The Gold Wars (free download), Economics in One Lesson (free download), Meltdown, End the Fed, and Crash Proof 1.0.
I gotta be honest. I read all the way up to Modern Money Mechanics and didn't finish the rest of the list. But even half the books below and the books above will give you a working economic knowledge for life.
Any citizen will be an economically literate citizen even if he or she reads only half of these books.
These economics books are free for downloading. Read them in this order.
Gary North, Inherit the Earth
Gary North, Honest Money
Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?
Gary North, Mises on Money
Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed
Murray Rothbard, The Mystery of Banking
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Modern Money Mechanics
Gene Callahan, Economics for Real People
Robert P. Murphy, Lessons for the Young Economist
I hope you enjoy the books!
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