The Libertarian Reader


About the Book

In The Libertarian Reader, David Boaz has collected some of the finest libertarian writings ever penned. This is the first comprehensive anthology of libertarian thought—from the Bible and Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman and Richard Epstein—to be published in one volume.

The 68 selections from great libertarian writers are an intellectual feast. The editor’s introductory essays on key libertarian themes such as skepticism about power, individual rights, spontaneous order, free markets, and peace are important essays in themselves. And the 40-page bibliographical essay, “The Literature of Liberty,” by Cato’s Tom G. Palmer, is alone worth the price of the book. This collection belongs on every libertarian bookshelf.

About the Editor

Cato’s executive vice president David Boaz is a provocative commentator on a broad range of political and cultural issues; he has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, published in 1997 by the Free Press and co-editor of the Cato Handbook for Congress. He is a leading authority on domestic issues like education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism and is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.

What Others Have Said

“A lush, elegant source book.”
Baltimore Sun

“A weighty but manageable volume of essays from a wide range of politicos, scholars, and thinkers singing the virtues of freedom and microscopic government.”
George magazine


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January 1, 1997