Economics/Political Economy Books
By: Leo Tolstoy
The Slavery of Our Times
This little book shows, in a short, clear, and systematic manner, how the principle of Non-Resistance, about which Tolstoy has written so much, is related to economic and political life.
By: Jack London (1876-1916)
The People of the Abyss
Jack London lived for a time within the grim and grimy world of the East End of London, where half a million people scraped together hardly enough on which to survive. Even if they were able to work, they were paid only enough to allow them a pitiful existence. He grew to know and empathise with these forgotten (or ignored) people as he spoke with them and tasted the workhouse, life on the streets, … and the food, which was cheap, barely nutritious, and foul.He writes about his experiences in...
By: Daniel Defoe (1661?-1731)
|An Essay Upon Projects|
By: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
The Soul of Man
“(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”Published originally as “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” this is not so much a work of sober political analysis; rather it can be summed up as a rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the Individual. Socialism having deployed technology to liberate the whole of humanity from soul-destroying labour, the State obligingly withers away to allow the free development of a joyful, anarchic hedonism...
By: Alfred Marshall (1842-1924)
Principles of Economics
“The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings.” An uncannily prophetic quote from an 1890 book, Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall presents an idea that has been accepted by major corporations and governments all over the world today. People's understanding of market behavior and how industries operate has its roots in the work done by European economists more than a century ago. Little has changed in terms of principles, though the effects of globalization and technology resulted an unmistakable impact on how business is done today...
By: Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
This lengthy political essay by noted Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock was written while he was professor of political economy at McGill University. He argues for a middle ground between individualism/capitalism and pure socialism. Listeners in the early 21st century may find this 90-year old essay oddly topical.
By: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
|American Woman's Home|
By: Karl Marx
Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production is a critical analysis of the political economy or the capitalist system. In this 3 volume work, he says that a capitalist economy can only survive by exploiting the working class. The concepts discussed in this book laid the foundations of the political doctrine that would later be known as communism. This book has three volumes, the first volume is Marx’s critical analysis of the capitalist mode of production and how it’s effects on poor people...
By: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1818-1883, 1820-1895)
The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply...
By: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Wage-Labour and Capital
Orignally written as a series of newspaper articles in 1847, Wage-Labour and Capital was intended to give a short overview, for popular consumption, of Marx’s central threories regarding the economic relationships between workers and capitalists. These theories outlined include the Marxian form of the Labour Theory of Value, which distinguishes “labour” from “labour-power”, and the Theory of Concentration of Capital, which states that capitalism tends towards the creation of monopolies and the disenfranchisement of the middle and working classes...
By: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day
This book is a classic piece on self improvement teaching you to live to the fullest. Judging from the title of the book, the reader might expect that the book is a manual on how to manage your time better. Nothing could be further from the truth, this book is a flowery and witty self help book aimed at helping readers improve the quality of their lives, in fact it is one of the firsts of its kind in the world. Bennett describes the twenty four hours in a day as a miracle and that it should be used for the betterment of health, wealth, respect, pleasure and contentment...
By: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy
This is Mill’s first work on economics. It foreshadows his Political Economy which was the standard Anglo-American Economics textbook of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mill’s economic theory moved from free market capitalism, to government intervention within the precepts of Utilitarianism, and finally to Socialism.
|Principles Of Political Economy Abridged with Critical, Bibliographical, and Explanatory Notes, and a Sketch of the History of Political Economy|
By: Adam Smith (1723-1790)
The Wealth of Nations
Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” gives an in-depth discussion of different economic principles like the productivity, division of labor and free markets. Although written and published more than 200 years ago, it’s still hailed as one of the most original works in the field of economics and is still used as a reference by many modern economists. “An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” is the complete title of this book and it was first published in 1776, the same year that the American colonies declared their independence from Britain...
By: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
By: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
The New Atlantis
In 1623, Francis Bacon expressed his aspirations and ideas in New Atlantis. Released in 1627, this was his creation of an ideal land where people were kind, knowledgeable, and civic-minded. Part of this new land was his perfect college, a vision for our modern research universities. Islands he had visited may have served as models for his ideas.
By: Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)
The Gray Mills of Farley
As contemporary today as it was over a century ago, this relatively unsentimental tale of labor relations still packs a punch.
By: H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
A Modern Utopia
H. G. Wells's proposal for social reform was the formation of a world state, a concept that would increasingly preoccupy him throughout the remainder of his life. One of his most ambitious early attempts at portraying a world state was A Modern Utopia (1905). A Modern Utopia was intended as a hybrid between fiction and 'philosophical discussion'. Like most utopists, he has indicated a series of modifications which in his opinion would increase the aggregate of human happiness. Basically, Wells' idea of a perfect world would be if everyone were able to live a happy life...
By: John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Unto this Last: Four Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy
John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) is best known for his work as an art critic and social critic, but is remembered as an author, poet and artist as well. Unto This Last is an important work of political economic though that influenced Gandhi, among others. (Hugh McGuire/Wikipedia)
|The Crown of Wild Olive also Munera Pulveris; Pre-Raphaelitism; Aratra Pentelici; The Ethics of the Dust; Fiction, Fair and Foul; The Elements of Drawing|
By: Hilaire Belloc
The Servile State
A clear boundary exists between the servile and the non-servile condition of labour, and the conditions upon either side of that boundary utterly differ one from another, Where there is compulsion applicable by positive law to men of a certain status, such compulsion enforced in the last resort by the powers at the disposal of the State, there is the institution of Slavery; and if that institution be sufficiently expanded the whole State may be said to repose upon a servile basis, and is a Servile State. (Hilaire Belloc)
By: George Berkeley (1685-1753)
By: Lysander Spooner
Vices Are Not Crimes
Lysander Spooner was an American individualist anarchist, entrepreneur, political philosopher, abolitionist, supporter of the labour movement, and legal theorist of the nineteenth century. Here he gives his views on the role of Governments in the private lives of their citizens
By: Timothy S. Arthur (1809-1885)
Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper
Is housekeeping such a trial? Mrs. Smith thinks so and confesses all in this merry account of her escapades and near disasters!
By: Russell Herman Conwell (1843-1925)
Acres of Diamonds
Text of famous inspirational lecture and biography of Russell Conwell, a Baptist minister and Temple University Founder
By: Mrs. Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
The Book of Household Management
“Mrs. Beeton’s” is a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain. Published in 1861, it was an immediate bestseller, running to millions of copies within just a few years. In the cookery sections, Mrs. Beeton follows the animal “from his birth to his appearance on the table.” Learn how to care for poultry during moulting season, how to wean calves, how to cure hams, salt cod, carve mutton, and much more.
By: Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1834)
An Essay on the Principle of Population
The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison with the second (Malthus).
By: Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)
The Theory of the Leisure Class
Originally published by the Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen while he was a professor at the University of Chicago in 1898, the Theory of the Leisure Class is considered one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. In the book, Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. [Summary modified from Wikipedia.]
By: Frederic Bastiat
Essays on Political Economy
Bastiat asserted that the only purpose of government is to defend the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property. From this definition, Bastiat concluded that the law cannot defend life, liberty and property if it promotes socialist policies inherently opposed to these very things. In this way, he says, the law is perverted and turned against the thing it is supposed to defend.
By: Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)
Other People's Money
Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It is a collection of essays written by Louis Brandeis published as a book in 1914. The book attacked the use of investment funds to promote the consolidation of various industries under the control of a small number of corporations, which Brandeis alleged were working in concert to prevent competition. Brandeis harshly criticized investment bankers who controlled large amounts of money deposited in their banks by middle-class people. The heads of these...
By: Jane Addams (1860-1935)
Twenty Years at Hull-House
Jane Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a long, complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker and founder of Hull-House in Chicago, public philosopher (the first American woman in that role), author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. She was the most prominent woman of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health and world peace. She emphasized that women have a special responsibility to clean up their communities and make them better places to live, arguing they needed the vote to be effective...
By: Samuel Merwin
"A novel, with several elements of rather unusual interest. As a tale, it is swift, simple, and absorbing, and one does not willingly put it down until it is finished. It has to do with grain-elevator business, with railways, strikes, and commercial and financial matters generally, woven skilfully into a human story of love." --The Commercial Advertiser "'Calumet "K"' is a novel that is exciting and absorbing, but not the least bit sensational. It is the story of a rush.... The book is an unusually good story; one that shows the inner workings of the labor union, and portrays men who are the bone and sinew of the earth...
By: John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
Economic Consequences of the Peace
The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) was a best seller throughout the world, published by John Maynard Keynes. Keynes attended the Versailles Conference as a delegate of the British Treasury and argued for a much more generous peace with Germany. The book was critical in establishing a general worldwide opinion that the Versailles Treaty was a brutal and unfair peace towards Germany. It helped to consolidate American public opinion against the treaty and involvement in the League of Nations...
By: Frédéric Bastiat
Sophisms of the Protectionists
"To rob the public, it is necessary to deceive them," Bastiat said and believed. He reasoned, employing repetition to various applications, against fallacious arguments promoting the "Protection" of industries to the detriment of consumers and society. (Introduction by Katie Riley)
By: P.T. Barnum
The Art of Money Getting
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.(br />His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers". (Reference: Wikipedia.org)
By: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
|Lombard Street : a description of the money market|
By: John R. Lynch (1847-1939)
The Facts of Reconstruction
After the American Civil War, John R. Lynch, who had been a slave in Mississippi, began his political career in 1869 by first becoming Justice of the Peace, and then Mississippi State Representative. He was only 26 when he was elected to the US Congress in 1873. There, he continued to be an activist, introducing many bills and arguing on their behalf. Perhaps his greatest effort was in the long debate supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to ban discrimination in public accommodations.In 1884 Lynch was the first African American nominated after a moving speech by Theodore Roosevelt to the position of Temporary Chairman of the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois...
By: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)
Pushing to the Front
Published in 1894, this is the first book by the renowned inspirational author, Dr. Orison Swett Marden. Pushing to the Front is the product of many years of hard work, and marks a turning point in the life of Dr. Marden. He rewrote it following an accidental fire that brought the five-thousand-plus page manuscript to flames. It went on to become the most popular personal-development book of its time, and is a timeless classic in its genre. Filled with stories of success, triumph and the surmounting of difficulties, it is especially well-targeted at the adolescent or young adult...
How to Succeed
In this volume, Orison Swett Marden explains the road to success in simple terms for the benefit of anyone, who wishes to follow in his footsteps. Over 100 years after publication, most of these lessons are still valid today.
By: Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924)
|Architects of Fate or, Steps to Success and Power|
By: Agnes C. Laut (1871-1936)
|The Canadian Commonwealth|
By: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)
What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government
What Is Property?: or, An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government (French: Qu'est-ce que la propriété ? ou Recherche sur le principe du Droit et du Gouvernment) is an influential work of nonfiction on the concept of property and its relation to anarchist philosophy by the French anarchist and mutualist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, first published in 1840. In the book, Proudhon most famously declared that “property is theft”. Proudhon believed that the common conception of property conflated two distinct components which, once identified, demonstrated the difference between property used to further tyranny and property used to protect liberty...
By: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)
|System of Economical Contradictions; or, the Philosophy of Misery|
By: Seymour Eaton (1859-1916)
|Up To Date Business Including Lessons in Banking, Exchange, Business Geography, Finance, Transportation and Commercial Law Home Study Circle Library Series (Volume II.)|
By: Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)
Woman and the New Race
Margaret Sanger was an American sex educator and nurse who became one of the leading birth control activists of her time, having at one point, even served jail time for importing birth control pills, then illegal, into the United States. Woman and the New Race is her treatise on how the control of population size would not only free women from the bondage of forced motherhood, but would elevate all of society. The original fight for birth control was closely tied to the labor movement as well as the Eugenics movement, and her book provides fascinating insight to a mostly-forgotten turbulent battle recently fought in American history.
By: Ontario. Ministry of Education
|Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management|
|Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools|
By: Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910)
|Early English Meals and Manners|
By: Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1834)
|Nature and Progress of Rent|
|Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country|
|The Grounds of an Opinion on the Policy of Restricting the Importation of Foreign Corn: intended as an appendix to "Observations on the corn laws"|
By: Helen Campbell (1839-1918)
|The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking Adapted to Domestic Use or Study in Classes|
By: Adelaide Hoodless (1858-1910)
|Public School Domestic Science|
By: William Graham Sumner (1840-1910)
|What Social Classes Owe to Each Other|
By: E. Keble (Edward Keble) Chatterton (1878-1944)
|King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855|
By: Hartley Withers (1867-1950)
|War-Time Financial Problems|
By: Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918)
|Fiat Money Inflation in France|
By: Richard W. Church (1815-1890)
This investigation of Bacon the scholar and man of letters begins with a look at the early days ang progresses to his relationships with Queen Elizabeth and James I. It includes accounts of his positions as solicitor general, attorney-general, and chancellor. The book concludes with Bacon's failure, his overall philosophy, and summaries of his writings.
By: John Spargo (1876-1966)
|The Marx He Knew|
By: Jacques W. (Jacques Wardlaw) Redway (1849-1942)
|Commercial Geography A Book for High Schools, Commercial Courses, and Business Colleges|
By: Clara E. Laughlin (1873-1941)
|The Complete Home|
By: Caroline French Benton
|A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl Margaret's Saturday Mornings|
By: Mary Eaton (fl. 1823-1849)
|The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Adapted to the Use of Private Families|
By: Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947)
|An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England|
By: Catharine Esther Beecher (1800-1878)
|A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School|
By: Scott Nearing (1883-1983)
|The American Empire|
By: Otto Hermann Kahn (1867-1934)
|The New York Stock Exchange and Public Opinion Remarks at Annual Dinner, Association of Stock Exchange Brokers, Held at the Astor Hotel, New York, January 24, 1917|
|War Taxation Some Comments and Letters|
By: John A. Hobson (1858-1940)
|Morals of Economic Internationalism|
By: Burton Jesse Hendrick (1870-1949)
|The Age of Big Business; a chronicle of the captains of industry|
By: Wilhelm Roscher (1817-1894)
|Principles of Political Economy|
By: Roger Babson (1875-1967)
Fundamentals of Prosperity
What these principles are and whence they come to us. "The fact is, we have become crazy over material things. We are looking only at the structure above ground. We are trying to get more smoke from the chimney. We are looking at space instead of service, at profits instead of volume. With our eyes focused on the structure above ground, we have lost sight of those human resources, thrift, imagination, integrity, vision and faith which make the structure possible. I feel that only by the business men can this foundation be strengthened before the inevitable fall comes."( from the preface )
By: William Cotton (1786-1866)
|Everybody's Guide to Money Matters: with a description of the various investments chiefly dealt in on the stock exchange, and the mode of dealing therein|
By: William Playfair (1759-1823)
|An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations. Designed To Shew How The Prosperity Of The British Empire May Be Prolonged|
By: William Crosbie Hunter (1866-)
|Dollars and Sense|
By: Madeleine Black
|A Terminal Market System New York's Most Urgent Need; Some Observations, Comments, and Comparisons of European Markets|
By: Alfred R. Calhoun (1844-)
|Business Hints for Men and Women|
By: John James Butler (1867-)
|Successful Stock Speculation|
By: Allen Kim Lang (1928-)
|The Great Potlatch Riots|
By: Harold W. (Harold Wellman) Fairbanks (1860-)
By: Frederick L. (Frederic Lockwood) Lipman (1866-)
|Creating Capital Money-making as an aim in business|
By: Henry George Stebbins Noble (1859-)
|The New York Stock Exchange in the Crisis of 1914|
By: John Rae (1845-1915)
|Life of Adam Smith|
By: Franklin Escher (1881-)
|Elements of Foreign Exchange A Foreign Exchange Primer|
By: Max Aitken Beaverbrook (1879-1964)
|Success (Second Edition)|
By: Thomas William Lawson (1857-1925)
|Frenzied Finance Vol. 1: The Crime of Amalgamated|
By: Frances Swain
Food Guide for War Service at Home
"The long war has brought hunger to Europe; some of her peoples stand constantly face to face with starvation. To meet all this great food need in Europe—and meeting it is an imperative military necessity—we must be very careful and economical in our food use here at home. We must eat less; we must waste nothing; we must equalize the distribution of what food we may retain for ourselves; we must prevent extortion and profiteering which make prices so high that the poor cannot buy the food they actually need; and we must try to produce more food...
By: Arthur L. Fowler (1881-)
|Fowler's Household Helps Over 300 Useful and Valuable Helps About the Home, Carefully Compiled and Arranged in Convenient Form for Frequent Use|
By: G. A. Bauman
By: Frank B. Anderson (1863-1935)
|Morals in Trade and Commerce|
By: Jewett C. (Jewett Castello) Gilson (1844-1926)
|Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania|
By: C. Hélène Barker (1868-)
|Wanted, a Young Woman to Do Housework Business principles applied to housework|
By: Herbert Kaufman (1878-1947)
|The Clock that Had no Hands And Nineteen Other Essays About Advertising|
By: J. P. (James Perry) Johnston (1852-)
|Twenty Years of Hus'ling|
By: William Petty (1623-1687)
|Essays on Mankind and Political Arithmetic|
By: Albert Shaw (1857-1947)
|The business career in its public relations|
By: Calvin Elliott
|Usury A Scriptural, Ethical and Economic View|
By: Francis Wrigley Hirst (1873-1953)
|The Paper Moneys of Europe Their Moral and Economic Significance|
By: Herbert Feis (1893-1972)
|The Settlement of Wage Disputes|