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Living Economics
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  Living Economics
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

By Peter J. Boettke

Living Economics is a spirited, passionate, and exciting tour of free-market economics. I enjoyed every page!”
Andrei Shleifer, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

“Economics as it should be, Living Economics is a solid book.”
James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences
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Priceless
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Priceless
Curing the Healthcare Crisis

By John C. Goodman

“Priceless provides fresh and original insights to help steer us into a system that harnesses individual choice, aligns price and quality, and more effectively utilizes financing to achieve these ends.”
June E. O’Neill, Wollman Distinguished Professor of Economics, Baruch College; former Director, Congressional Budget Office
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Boom and Bust Banking
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  Boom and Bust Banking
The Causes and Cures of the Great Recession

Edited by David Beckworth

“This compelling and fascinating book demonstrates clearly that U.S. monetary policy led to the financial crisis and the great recession. . . . Boom and Bust Banking is exceptionally well-written and well-reasoned. It should be read by anyone interested in improving economic policy and performance.”
John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University
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Delusions of Power
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Delusions of Power
New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy

By Robert Higgs

Delusions of Power is an important book for our time . . . . It is history well-told and should be thought-provoking to all, whatever their political preferences.”
Stanley L. Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester
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Crisis
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  Crisis and Leviathan (25th Anniversary Edition)
Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government

By Robert Higgs

"Crisis and Leviathan is a book of major importance, thoroughly researched, closely argued, and meticulously documented. It should be high on the reading list of every serious student."
Political Science Quarterly
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Description: Beyond Politics
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Beyond Politics
The Roots of Government Failure

By Randy T. Simmons
Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award

Beyond Politics is a major contribution to informed comment. The book is so well written and the subject is so important and exciting that a great many people will find it very entertaining even if they do learn while reading it.”
Gordon Tullock, University Professor Emeritus of Law and Economics, George Mason University
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Financing Failure
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Financing Failure
A Century of Bailouts

By Vern McKinley

Financing Failure shows us the appalling lack of logic in regulators' responses to financial crises. . . . McKinley has produced an excellent history of the flawed analysis of financial crisis policy of the last century.”
—Jean Helwege, former Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
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Description: No War for Oil
Available as eBook
Risky Business
Insurance Markets and Regulation

Edited by Lawrence S. Powell

“Insurance is one of the most pervasive and yet least understood industries. The very fine and careful book Risky Business offers in one convenient place clear and compelling explanations of both its economic foundations and its regulatory strengths and weaknesses, with a prudent eye toward sensible and incremental market-based reforms.”
Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University
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Development Studies ^ Top

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Lessons from the Poor
Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Edited by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Lessons from the Poor is a fascinating book that documents the remarkable creativity and entrepreneurship of the poor.”
William R. Easterly, Director, Development Research Institute, New York University
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  Vietnam Rising
Culture and Change in Asia’s Tiger Cub

By William Ratliff

“The accessible and comprehensive book Vietnam Rising is a must read for anyone interested in economic growth and this increasingly important economy.”
James D. Gwartney, Director, Gus A. Stavros Center for Economic Education, Florida State University
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Making Poor Nations Rich
Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development

Edited by Benjamin Powell

Making Poor Nations Rich gives readers a deeper understanding of the true forces of economic growth and how policies and institutions can inhibit them or allow them to flourish.”
Arnold C. Harberger, Distinguished Professor of Economics, UCLA
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Money and the Nation State
The Financial Revolution, Government and the World Monetary System

Edited by Kevin Dowd and Richard H. Timberlake, Jr.

“Money and the Nation State is superb. . . . The book is extraordinarily intelligent, well-informed and insightful.”
Geoffrey P. Miller, Chairman, Center for the Study of Central Banks, University of Chicago
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  Liberty for Latin America
How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Liberty for Latin America is a gripping account of five hundred years of Latin American oppression. . . . This book is essential reading”
Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University
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The Che Guevara Myth
A Century of Bailouts

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“I welcome Alvaro Vargas Liosa's demolition of the sub-adolescent Guevara myth. . . . The Che Guevara Myth is a book for readers who want the truth.”
Robert Conquest, Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
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Economics ^ Top

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Living Economics
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

By Peter J. Boettke

"Economics as it should be, Living Economics is a solid book.”
James M. Buchanan, Jr.,Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences
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Available
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Priceless
Curing the Healthcare Crisis

By John C. Goodman

“Priceless provides fresh and original insights to help steer us into a system that harnesses individual choice."
June E. O’Neill, Wollman Distinguished Professor of Economics, Baruch College
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Financing Failure
A Century of Bailouts

By Vern McKinley

"In Financing Failure McKinley has produced an excellent history of the flawed analysis of financial crisis policy of the last century."
—Jean Helwege, former Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
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Boom and Bust Banking
The Causes and Cures of the Great Recession

Edited by David Beckworth

"Boom and Bust Banking is exceptionally well-written and well-reasoned. It should be read by anyone interested in improving economic policy and economic performance.”
John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University
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Depression, War, and Cold War
Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity

By Robert Higgs
Choice Outstanding Academic Book and Society Magazine Social Science Book of the Month

In Depression, War and Cold War, Higgs presents the most thoughtful and detailed criticism yet undertaken."
Hugh T. Rockoff, Professor of Economics, Rutgers University
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Beyond Politics
The Roots of Government Failure

By Randy T. Simmons
Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award

Beyond Politics is so well written and the subject is so important and exciting that a great many people will find it very entertaining even if they do learn while reading it."
Gordon Tullock, University Professor Emeritus of Law and Economics, George Mason University
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Education ^ Top

The Academy on Crisis
The Political Economy of Higher Education

Edited by John W. Sommer

The Academy in Crisis addresses a real crisis, namely the damage done to higher education by its alliance with the state. . . . For those who want to know how universities really work, it will be indispensable.”
Allen J. Matusow, former Dean of Humanities, Rice University
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  School Choices
True and False

By John D. Merrifield

School Choices is a provocative and first rate analysis of how the school choice idea has been dumbed down and what it will take to develop the critical elements of a competitive education industry.”
—Bruno V. Manno, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy and Planning
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The Diversity Myth
Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus

By David O. Sacks and Peter Thiel

“If you want to find out what went wrong at Stanford University, read The Diversity Myth. There’s hardly a better source than this book for learning why multiculturalism on campus cannot work.”
Linda Chavez, former Director, U. S. Commission on Civil Rights
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Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?
New Strategies for Educational Excellence

By Richard K. Vedder.

“Giving teachers an economic stake in the success of their schools is a terrific idea. . . . I commend Vedder’s pioneering ideas.”
Chester E. Finn, Jr., former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education
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  Faulty Towers
Tenure and the Structure of Higher Education

By Ryan C. Amacher

Faulty Towers is especially effective in explicating the tensions inherent in protecting academic freedom while addressing professorial incompetence and malfeasance.”
Henry M. Levin, Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University
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Writing Off Ideas
Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America

By Randall G. Holcombe

“Do foundations operate in the public interest? Are they accountable to anyone? . . . I know of no better way pursue these fascinating questions than to read Randall Holcombe’s Writing Off Ideas.”
Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University
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Environment and Natural Resources ^ Top

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Aquanomics
Water Markets and the Environment

Edited by B. Delworth Gardner, Randy T. Simmons

“Gardner and Simmons have brought together an important book in Aquanomics. . . . We cannot walk away from the threats to water quantity and quality that the authors lay out clearly.”
Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences
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Re-Thinking Green
Alternatives to Environmental Bureaucracy

Edited by Robert Higgs

Re-Thinking Green is an important and timely book. . . . Those whose primary commitment is to a better environment are especially advised to read this book."
Sam Peltzman, Keller Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Chicago
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Plowshares & Pork Barrels
The Political Economy of Agriculture

By Ernest C. Pasour Jr., Randal R. Rucker

“The superb book, Plowshares & Pork Barrels is the single best guide available to the historical path and complexities of U.S. agricultural policies.”
Lee J. Alston, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado
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A Poverty of Reason
Sustainable Development and Economic Growth

By Wilfred Beckerman

“Wilfred Beckerman shows brilliantly in A Poverty of Reason that ‘sustainable development’ is a confused jumble of ideas. . . . read this clear and concise book.”
Robert H. Nelson, Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Maryland
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  Electric Choices
Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power

Edited by Andrew N. Kleit

“The excellent book Electric Choices describes the promises of electricity deregulation, the mistakes made in the past, and the path to workable competition in. Highly recommended.”
Richard J. Gilbert, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General; Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
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Hot Talk, Cold Science
Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate

By S. Fred Singer

Hot Talk, Cold Science carefully reviews the scientific, economic and policy literature on global warming, and provides a welcome, reasoned assessment of the facts and uncertainties. I strongly recommend this important book.”
William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton University
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Foreign Policy and Defense ^ Top

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No War for Oil
U.S. Dependency and the Middle East

By Ivan Eland

No War for Oil shows that a free market in oil is the best energy policy. . . . Eland beautifully weaves history and economics to tell a compelling and, more important, true story. He has hit a home run.”
David R. Henderson, Associate Professor of Economics, Naval Postgraduate School
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The Empire Has No Clothes
U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed

By Ivan Eland

The Empire Has No Clothes offers a powerful and persuasive critique of recent U.S. foreign policy. It deserves the thoughtful attention of conservatives and liberals alike.”
Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations, Boston University
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Opposing the Crusader State
Alternatives to Global Interventionism

Edited by Robert Higgs, Carl P. Close

“For those disillusioned by the American intervention in Iraq, the insightful book Opposing the Crusader State shows how the U.S. can protect its interests by embracing a more humble foreign policy.”
Lawrence J. Korb, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense
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Twilight War
The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance

By Wilfred Beckerman

Twilight War is an exceptional work, intellectually honest and refreshing. . . . Twilight War will quickly become must-read.”
Everett C. Dolman, Professor of Comparative Military Studies, Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
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Resurgence of the Warfare State
The Crisis Since 9/11

By Robert Higgs

“Nowhere is the probably fatal distance between the Founders’ design for America and the Federal Government’s lethal bastardization of it more ably and clearly presented than in Resurgence of the Warfare State.”
Michael F. Scheuer, former CIA Senior Counter-terrorism Analyst
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Arms, Politics and the Economy
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by Robert Higgs

Arms, Politics and the Economy is an immensely timely book! As the international system changes, understanding the domestic political economy of military spending is more important than ever.”
Bruce M. Russett, Dean Acheson Professor of Political Science, Yale University
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Government and Political Science ^ Top

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Crisis and Leviathan
Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government

By Robert Higgs

Crisis and Leviathan is a book of major importance, thoroughly researched, closely argued, and meticulously documented. It should be high on the reading list of every serious student.”
Political Science Quarterly
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Delusions of Power
New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy

By Robert Higgs

Delusions of Power is an important book for our time on the nature of political power. . . . It is history well-told and should be thought-provoking to all.”
Stanley L. Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester
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Neither Liberty nor Safety
Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government

Edited by Robert Higgs

“Higgs’s thesis is as persuasive as it is chilling: an increasing and unthinking reliance on government has made us look to politicians and bureaucrats to solve all our problems. . . . required reading for anyone interested in the history of government or in the future of America.”
Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science, Duke University
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The Challenge of Liberty
Classical Liberalism Today

Edited by Robert Higgs

The Challenge of Liberty is a big and very comprehensive book, which deserves the attention of a wide swath of scholars.”
Nathan Rosenberg, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr., Professor of Public Policy Emeritus, Stanford University
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Against Leviathan
Government Power and a Free Society

By Robert Higgs

“In Against Leviathan, Higgs is an excellent writer and one finds pithy insights, numerous well-turned phrases, and telling arguments against government . . . carefully argued . . . supported by numerous case studies.”
Journal of Economic History
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Taxing Choice
The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination

Edited by William F. Shughart II

Taxing Choice is a much needed book: it provides a systematic, insightful, and provocative treatment.” —Wallace E. Oates, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
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History ^ Top

The Decline of American Liberalism
By Arthur A. Ekirck, Jr.

The Decline of American Liberalism is an extremely interesting, thoughtful, and valuable book. It is one of the most stimulating surveys of American history that I have seen.”
Allan Nevins, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Oxford University
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  The Civilian and the Military
A History of the American Antimilitarist Tradition

By Arthur A. Ekirck, Jr.

“Scholarly in its research and scope, The Civilian and the Military celebrates the antimilitaristic tradition, with its hostility to standing armies and conscription, warmongering by ‘merchants of death,’ distorted budgetary priorities, and the subversion of individual freedom in the name of national security.” —Foreign Affairs
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Recarving Rushmore
Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty

By Ivan Eland

“This well-written book offers readers insightful surveys of every president from Washington to Bush. . . . a compelling case that many of the so-called ‘greats’ were not so great after all. . . . Readers will never see the presidency the same way again.”
David T. Beito, Professor of History, University of Alabama
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Race and Liberty in America
The Essential Reader

By Jonathan Bean

Race and Liberty in America deserves a wide audience, and will enrich the reader's understanding of the nation's most difficult and troubling domestic issue.”
Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Research Professor of History, Harvard University
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  Antitrust and Monopoly
Anatomy of a Policy Failure

By Dominick T. Armentano

Antitrust and Monopoly is the single best book-length treatment of this vital public policy issue in print, and it should become a, if not the standard work in economics, history, and political science.”
Public Choice
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Reclaiming the American Revolution
The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy

By William J. Watkins Jr.

“With Reclaiming the American Revolution, we have a thorough, thoughtful, and important study of a significant subject that has been too long neglected.”
Joyce O. Appleby, Professor of History, UCLA
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Law ^ Top

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The Enterprise of Law
Justice Without the State

By Bruce L. Benson

“Benson has provided us with an exciting book. . . . I am aware of no other source that approaches the central topic directly and with the insights provided by modern economics and public choice.”
Charles R. Plott, Edward S. Harkness Professor of Economics and Political Science, California Institute of Technology
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  The Pursuit of Justice
Law and Economics of Legal Institutions

Edited by Edward J Lopez

“The American legal system is not just fraying at the edges, in some ways it is fundamentally broken. The Pursuit of Justice is a cutting-edge look at what went wrong and where to go from here. Everyone interested in law and economics should read it.”
Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University
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The Founders’ Second Amendment
Origins of the Right to Bear Arms

By Stephen P. Halbrook

The Founders’ Second Amendment is well-written and full of fascinating details. It will serve as an important resource for professional scholars and interested laypersons.”
Nelson Lund, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law, George Mason University
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Judge and Jury
American Tort Law on Trial

By Eric A. Helland

“In their pioneering book, Judge and Jury, Helland and Tabarrok are relentless in their pursuit of hard data to explain the behavior of the American jury.”
Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University
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  Anarchy and the Law
The Political Economy of Choice

Edited by Edward P. Stringham

Anarchy and the Law collects, by all accounts for the first time on this scale, fundamental writings on non-state legal and political systems. . . . essential and enormously valuable.”
Journal of Economic Issues
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Securing Civil Rights
Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms

By Stephen P. Halbrook

“In his thorough analysis of Congressional debates Halbrook makes quite clear the point that the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment saw Second Amendment guarantees as essential to the liberty of individual American citizens.”
American Journal of Legal History
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Urban Studies ^ Top

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Housing America
Building Out of a Crisis

Edited by Randall G. Holcombe, Benjamin Powell

“We are now living in post-2007 economic train wreck, that will be studied and debated for years. The very best place to start is the milestone book, Housing America. Clearly written and superbly enlightening. . . Highly recommended.”
Peter Gordon, Professor of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California
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  Property Rights
Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined

Edited by Bruce L. Benson

“The path-breaking book Property Rights is a serious scholarly challenge to eminent domain. Some of the best scholars and litigators are assembled here to give their very insightful re-assessment of and challenge to eminent domain.”
John C. Eastman, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University
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Street Smart
Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads

Edited by Gabriel Roth

Street Smart is a fascinating book which offers original and refreshing contributions on rational market opportunities for transport, in particular the private management and financing of roads. Strongly recommended.”
Peter Nijkamp, Professor of Economics, Free University, Amsterdam
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The Voluntary City
Choice, Community, and Civil Society

Edited by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, Alexander Tabarrok

The Voluntary City explores the fascinating history of bottom-up approaches to urban living. It provides refreshing counterpoint to the dominant urbanologism, which stresses the indispensability of government engineering of city institutions.”
Robert C. Ellickson, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law, Yale University
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Drug War Crimes
The Consequences of Prohibition

Edited by Jeffrey A. Miron

“In Drug War Crimes, Miron has written a thoughtful analysis that questions the basis for the official war on drugs. . . . this is a solidly researched and dispassionate discussion.”
Hubert Williams, President, Police Foundation; former Chief of Police, Newark, New Jersey
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Changing the Guard
Private Prisons and the Control of Crime

Edited by Alexander Tabarrok

Changing the Guard is the authoritative and definitive book on prison privatization. It brilliantly examines the full range of issues.”
E. S. Savas, Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York
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