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A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline represents nothing less than a sweeping revisionist history of mankind, in a concise and listenable volume. Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe skillfully weaves history, sociology, ethics, and Misesian praxeology to present an alternative - and highly challenging - view of human economic development over the ages.
As always, Dr. Hoppe addresses the fundamental questions as only he can. How do family and social bonds develop? Why is the concept of private property so vitally important to human flourishing? What made the leap from a Malthusian subsistence society to an industrial society possible? How did we devolve from aristocracy to monarchy to social democratic welfare states? And how did modern central governments become the all-powerful rulers over nearly every aspect of our lives?
Dr. Hoppe examines and answers all of these often thorny questions without resorting to platitudes or bowdlerized history. This is Hoppe at his best: calmly and methodically skewering sacred cows.
©2015 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2016 Ludwig von Mises Institute
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By Kindle Customer on 11-22-17

Narrative misread: I want my credit back.

Don't waste your MONEY. 1 star is too much, but it was required in order for me to review this book. I hadn't even settled in before the narrator, on the third page of the foreword, - 6th paragraph in fact - reverses the author's meaning by switching the word "unfortunately" to "fortunately". how can I go forward and trust the narrators fidelity?

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By Paul B. on 09-14-17

A good general overview

Consistent with other Austrian historical works , primarily Mises/Rothbard. Good starting read If familiar. with marginalism, basic Praxeology, time preference, and Austrian Business Cycle Theory.

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