Economics/Political Economy Books
By: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Economics (Greek: ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΑ; Latin: Oeconomica) may not have been written by Aristotle. The author provides examples of methods used by the state to raise money including debt, currency devaluation, commodity controls, tariffs, sales tax, fines, violence and sacrilege.
By: Frank Albert Fetter (1863-1949)
Principles of Economics with Applications to Practical Problems
Frank Albert Fetter was an American economist of the Austrian school, but referred to himself as a member of the “American Psychological School” instead. Fetter contested the position that land is theoretically distinct from capital, arguing that such a distinction was impractical. His stand on this issue led him to oppose ideas like the land value tax. Fetter also asserted that just as the price of each consumer good is determined solely by subjective value, so the rate of interest is determined solely by time preference...
By: Henry George (1839-1897)
Progress and Poverty
What I have done in this book, if I have correctly solved the great problem I have sought to investigate, is, to unite the truth perceived by the school of Smith and Ricardo to the truth perceived by the schools of Proudhon and Lasalle; to show that laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to a realization of the noble dreams of socialism; to identify social law with moral law, and to disprove ideas which in the minds of many cloud grand and elevating perceptions.
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: 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: 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: Adelaide Hoodless (1858-1910)
|Public School Domestic Science|
By: Agnes C. Laut (1871-1936)
|The Canadian Commonwealth|
By: Albert Shaw (1857-1947)
|The business career in its public relations|
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: Alfred Owen Crozier (1863-1939)
U.S. Money vs. Corporation Currency, "Aldrich plan."
In 1908, the National Monetary Commission was established by Congress to study financial boom-and-bust cycles. Senator Nelson Aldrich was chair of the commission. He, in secret enclave with a group of bankers, drafted what was called The Aldrich Plan, which provided for a central "bank" that would hold funds individual banks could borrow in the case of a bank run, print currency, and act as the fiscal agent of the US government. However, the plan gave little power to the government and seemed to give almost absolute control of the country's currency to Wall Street financiers...
By: Alfred R. Calhoun (1844-)
|Business Hints for Men and Women|
By: Allen Kim Lang (1928-)
|The Great Potlatch Riots|
By: Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Empire of Business
This collection of essays by Scottish-American steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie, gathered from various periodicals and first published in book form in 1902, provides insight into one of history’s richest and most notable entrepreneurs/philanthropists. Carnegie shares his outlook on the economic situation in America at the turn of the 20th century, the state of the US oil, coal, rail, and steel industries, the relationship between capital and labour, individualism vs. socialism, the public/private sector partnership, the upward climb of humanity into prosperity, the importance of land and population, trade and the best uses of tariffs, etc...
Subtitled "Fifty Years' March of the Republic," this is steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie's love letter to America, first published in 1886, an impassioned celebration of the American success story, and a call for other nations to follow in America's footsteps. Through simple, direct discussions of the nature of the American character and her jobs and education, religion, industry, art and literature, foreign affairs, and more, Carnegie sets out a case for a brand of conservative democracy for the world to emulate...
Gospel of Wealth
What is the proper mode of administering great wealth? It is to address this question that steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie's famous essay "Wealth", or more commonly known as "The Gospel of Wealth" was written . His answer – Philanthropy. Not just any philanthropy, but specifically, projects funded and overseen during the life of the magnate, for things that benefit the community and engage the public in maintaining long after the magnate is gone -- libraries, parks, universities, hospitals, medical labs, observatories, entertainment halls, swimming pools, etc...
By: Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918)
|Fiat Money Inflation in France|
By: Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727-1781)
Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth
"This Essay May be Considered as the Germ of the Treatise on The Wealth of Nations, Written by the Celebrated Smith" —Condorcet's Life of Turgot.
|Bank of the Manhattan Company Chartered 1799: A Progressive Commercial Bank|
|The Causes of the Rebellion in Ireland Disclosed In an Address to the People of England|
|Susan and Edward or, A Visit to Fulton Market|
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: 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: Austin Potter (1842-1913)
|From Wealth to Poverty|
By: Burton Jesse Hendrick (1870-1949)
|The Age of Big Business; a chronicle of the captains of industry|
By: C. Hélène Barker (1868-)
|Wanted, a Young Woman to Do Housework Business principles applied to housework|
By: Calvin Elliott
|Usury A Scriptural, Ethical and Economic View|
By: Caroline French Benton
|A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl Margaret's Saturday Mornings|
By: Catharine Esther Beecher (1800-1878)
|A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School|
By: Charles Morris (1833-1922)
Chronicles of America Volume 09 - Colonial Folkways
This work according to the subtitle is "a chronicle of American life in the reign of the Georges." It describes land, locales, houses, habits, diversions, learning, religion, labor, and travel.
By: Clara E. Laughlin (1873-1941)
|The Complete Home|
By: Clara Rayleigh (-1900)
|The British Association's Visit to Montreal, 1884 : letters|
By: Clément Juglar
|A Brief History of Panics and Their Periodical Occurrence in the United States|
By: Cornelia Stratton Parker (1885-?)
American Idyll: The Life of Carlton H. Parker
In a memoir marked by joy, love, and an unbending sense of adventure, Cornelia Stratton Parker reveals the heart of a unique man and their life together. As a member of California's turn-of-the-20th-century Immigration and Housing Commission, Carlton H. Parker came to understand the problems surrounding migrant camps and the labor movement in general. In this volume she recounts his undertakings in that regard and their family life.
By: Dan DeQuille (1829-1898)
History of the Comstock Silver Lode and Mines
This is a brief account of the Comstock Lode silver mines, and description of the geographic features of the state of Nevada including the railroads. Silver not only defined Nevada, but influenced the opening of the American West as far as San Francisco. Dan De Quille wrote extensively on the history of mining in the area of Nevada, and published the larger work “The Big Bonanza” assisted by Mark Twain, both of whom were part of the Sagebrush School of writers. - Summary by Larry Wilson
By: Daniel Defoe (1661?-1731)
|An Essay Upon Projects|
By: E. Keble (Edward Keble) Chatterton (1878-1944)
|King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855|
By: Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947)
|An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England|
By: Edward R. Pease (1857-1955)
History of the Fabian Society
"The History of the Fabian Society" describes the growth of Socialist theory in England, and the influence of Socialism on the political thought of the last thirty years - Summary by Robert Morel
By: F. J. Foakes-Jackson (1855-1941)
Social Life in England 1750-1850
In 1916, the Cambridge historian, F.J. Foakes-Jackson braved the wartime Atlantic to deliver the Lowell Lectures in Boston. In these wide-ranging and engaging talks, the author describes British life between 1750-1850. There are John Wesley's horseback peregrinations over thousands of miles of English countryside. Next, Foakes-Jackson introduces the mordant rural poet, George Crabbe, who began life as a surgeon apothecary and ended up as a parish rector who made house calls. He gives us a female convict, assorted Cambridge University dons, Regency fops and rakes, and Victorian slices of life from Dickens and Thackeray...
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: 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: Francis Wrigley Hirst (1873-1953)
|The Paper Moneys of Europe Their Moral and Economic Significance|
By: Frank B. Anderson (1863-1935)
|Morals in Trade and Commerce|
By: Franklin Escher (1881-)
|Elements of Foreign Exchange A Foreign Exchange Primer|
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: 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: Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910)
|Early English Meals and Manners|
By: Frederick L. (Frederic Lockwood) Lipman (1866-)
|Creating Capital Money-making as an aim in business|
By: G. A. Bauman
By: Gail Hamilton (1833-1896)
Battle of the Books
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for an author to dissolve the bands which have connected him with his publishers, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that he should declare the causes which impel him to the separation." So begins the alleged author's introduction to this work, which chronicles the conflict between a female author and her publisher. This conflict really did happen, although the details in this book are fictitious. For more information about the actual situation, see the author's Wikipedia article.
By: George Berkeley (1685-1753)
By: George Washington Brooks
|The Spirit of 1906|
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...
Wells considered this book one of his most important, a natural follow-up to such works as his Man of the Year Million and The Time Machine. His goal was to get people to think and act in new ways. The book starts with a look at how humans get along socially and how they carry out their business ventures. It then discusses how these elements influence others, such as politics, the world of work, and education. H. G. tried to make clear how the current social order was disintegrating without preparing another to take its place. He then traced the roots of democracy, which in its present state he saw as unworkable. Instead, he proposed a new republic. He also critiqued modern warfare.
By: Hamilton Holt (1872-1951)
|Commercialism and Journalism|
By: Harold W. (Harold Wellman) Fairbanks (1860-)
By: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
|American Woman's Home|
By: Hartley Withers (1867-1950)
|War-Time Financial Problems|