Best Economic and Business Books 2012

When I was growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, one of my favorite pastimes was going to Powell’s Bookstore—the largest independent bookstore in the world. I’d spend hours upon hours finding and reading books there. Not much has changed as I’ve grown older. While I spend less time in bookstores, I still have an insatiable appetite for reading. On average, I read about a book (all non-fiction) a week. Here are a few business/economics books that had the perfect combination of good ideas and good writing…



Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics






Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government






Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity






No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed






The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy—How to Save Yourself and Your Country





Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty





The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers




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