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Sample Reading List

Sample Reading List

 Fall 2019:

  • “Communist Manifesto” Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)
  • “Anthem” Ayn Rand (1961)
  • "Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right - and How we Can, Too" by Goerge Lakey
  • “Pictures of a Socialistic Future” by Eugen Richter (1983)
  • “The Problem with Socialism” by Thomas Dilorenzo (2016)
  • "Doctor Zhivago" (film) based on B. Pasternak (1965)
  • "Fighting Unemployment the Soviet Way: Belarus' Law against Social Parasite" by Natallia Gray and J. David Cameron (2019)


Fall 2018:

  • “Manifesto of the Communist Party” (1848), Karl Marx and Frederick Engels 
  • “Emergence: The connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software” (Chapters 1-2) Steven Johnson (2001)
  • “The Use of Knowledge in Society” F. A. HayeK (1945)
  • “I, Pencil” Leonard E. Read (1958)
  • “New Perspectives on Emergence in Economics” David A. Harper (2012)
  • Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand” Emma Rothchild (1994)
  • “The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism” (1988),  The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek 
  • “Capitalism and Freedom” (1962), Milton Friedman 
  • “We” (1921), Evgenii Zamyatin 
  • “Darkness at Noon” (1940), Arthur Koestler  
  • A World Split Apart — Commencement Address Delivered at Harvard University (1978),  Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn 


 Spring 2018:

  • “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality”  Angus Deaton  
  • “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty” D. Acemoglu and J. Robinson
  • “1984”  George Orwell 
  • “How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes” Peter G. Schiff
  • “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness”  Richard Thaler
  • “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism”  Arun Sundararajan
  • The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else” Hernando De Soto
  • "Trickle Down Theory" and "Tax Cuts for the Rich" Thomas Sowell


Fall 2017:

  • “Small Acts of Leadership: 12 Intentional Behaviors That Lead to Big Impact” G. Shawn Hunter
  • “The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up” Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher
  • “Animal Farm” George Orwell
  • “The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done” Peter F. Drucker and Jim Collins
  • "How to Win Friends & Influence People” Dale Carnegie
  • “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” Seth Godin
  • “Economics in One Lesson” Henry Hazlitt
  • “The 48 Laws of Power” Greene Robert


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