DeBow's Further Reading

Private Property, Freedom of Contract, and Prosperity  -->

Leonard Read, I, Pencil (1958)

Laura E. Huggins & Terry Anderson, Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity  (2009)  (webbed book)

Stephen Moore & Julian Simon, The Greatest Century That Ever Was: 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years

Theodore Caplow, et al., The First Measured Century: An Illustrated Guide to Trends in America 1900-2000  (webbed book)

The Economic Freedom of the World Project and The Index of Economic Freedom    

Tom Bethell, The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages (St. Martin’s Press, 1998)

Arthur Herman, How the Scots Invented the Modern World (Crown Publishers, 2001)

Brink Lindsey, Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism (Wiley, 2002)

Economics -->

Russell Roberts, Ten Key Ideas: Opening the Door to the Economic Way of Thinking
Gregory Mankiw, 10 Principles
Guy Sorman, Economics Does Not Lie (another list of ten key economic concepts)
Keystone Economic Principles   (nine this time)

Arnold Kling, Learning Economics (2004) (webbed book)

Dwight Lee, Free Enterprise: The Economics of Cooperation (2002)

James Gwartney, et al., Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, rev. ed. 2010)
(an earlier, Canadian version of the book is available online at  

Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith -- A Primer (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2007)

Austrian Economics -->

Eamonn Butler, Austrian Economics -- A Primer (Adam Smith Institute, 2010)  

Eamonn Butler, Ludwig von Mises (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2010)   

Donald Boudreaux, The Essential Hayek (Fraser Institute, 2015)  

Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (Reader's Digest condensed version, April 1945, Institute of Economic Affairs, 2001)   

Friedrich Hayek, The Use of Knowledge in Society (American Economic Review, 1945)  

Jesus Huerta de Soto, The Austrian School: Market Order and Entrepreneurial Creativity (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2010) 

Common Law -->

Bruce L. Benson, The Spontaneous Evolution of Commercial Law, 55 Southern Economic Journal 644 (1989),

John Hasnas, Hayek, the Common Law, and Fluid Drive, 1 NYU Journal of Law & Liberty 79 (2005)  (especially sections I and II)

Norman F. Cantor, Imagining the Law: Common Law Foundations of the American Legal System (HarperCollins, 1997)

Richard A. Epstein, Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard U. Press, 1995)

Economic Analysis of Law  -->

Interview of Ronald Coase (1997)

David D. Friedman, Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters (Princeton U. Press, 2000)  (webbed book)

Cento Veljanovski, The Economics of Law (IEA, 2007) (webbed book)

Thomas Miceli, The Economic Approach to Law (Stanford U. Press, 2d ed. 2008)  (big site supporting this textbook)

Ward Farnsworth, The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking About the Law (U. of Chicago Press, 2007)

Constitutional History  -->

Edwin Meese, III, et al. eds., The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005)!/  (webbed book)

Matthew Spalding, ed., The Founders’ Almanac (Heritage, 2001)  (webbed book)

Thomas G. West & William A. Schambra, The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics

Lawrence W. Reed, Great Myths of the Great Depression (1981)

Raoul Berger, Government by Judiciary: The Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment (2d ed. 1997)   (webbed book)

Robert H. Bork, ed., “A Country I Do Not Recognize”: The Legal Assault on American Values (2005)  (webbed book)

James W. Ely, Jr., The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights (3d ed., Oxford Univ. Press, 2007)

Richard Epstein, How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (Cato Institute, 2006)

Public Choice Theory  -->

James Buchanan, Public Choice: Politics Without Romance (2003)    

Interview of James Buchanan (2004)

Interview of Gordon Tullock (2003)

Pierre Lemieux, The Public Choice Revolution (2004)  

Randall G. Holcombe, Liberty and Democracy as Economic Systems (2002)

Randall G. Holcombe, Government: Unnecessary But Inevitable (2004)

Daniel B. Klein, The People's Romance: Why People Love Government (as Much as They Do) (2005)

Bryan Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (2007)  and 

Wayne Crews, Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapsot of the Federal Regulatory State (CEI)

William Beach & Patrick Tyrrell, Index of Dependence on Government (Heritage, annually)

James M. Buchanan, Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum (2005)  

Eamonn Butler, Public Choice -- A Primer (2012) (webbed book)

Gordon Tullock, et al., Government Failure: A Primer in Public Choice (Cato, 2002)  mostly available on Google Books (webbed book)

David N. Laband & George C. McClintock, The Transfer Society: Economic Expenditures on Transfer Activity (Cato, 2001) 

My web pages  -->

“British/American Legal Timeline” (includes links to most of the historical documents mentioned in class)

“A Hedgehog’s Legal Glossary”

“Legal Process” course page

General links page 

Legal philosophy -->

Arthur Leff, Unspeakable Ethics, Unnatural Law (1979)

Blogs -->

Liberty Law  
Liberty Law Blog    

Cafe Hayek


The Becker-Posner Blog archive (only)  

Online Encyclopedias and Document Libraries -->

The Library of Economics and Liberty including
The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics

Online Library of Liberty

Professor Lawrence Solum’s Legal Theory Lexicon

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A Chronology of US Historical Documents

Ashbrook Center Document Library

Yale Law Library’s Avalon Project

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

Last updated July 6, 2015.