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Publisher's Summary

Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations. While a large central government may have good intentions, the results it produces are lamentable. More than another indictment of government planning and bureaucracy, however, Free to Choose offers several convincing and creative remedies to the world's woes.
©1979 John McDermott, Forward 1990 Milton Friedman and Rose D. Friedman (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Excellent book....This reviewer has never read a more straightforward and simple statement of the present ills facing our society and what we as citizens in a democracy must do about them." ( Chicago Sun Times)
"Milton Friedman puts verities back into focus and puts us back in touch with how a free and abundant society can work - if we let it. That is why he deserved his Nobel Prize in economics, and it is why you should read this book." ( Reader's Digest)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Eunice on 11-10-08

Extremely Important Listen!!!

A friend recommended this book and I'm grateful he did. A knowledge of free market economics is a must these days, rather than making decisions based on media soundbites. As this book was written in the early 80's, familiarity with that time is helpful not only in understanding examples, but in seeing how things have played out since then. After this listen, move on to "The Road to Serfdom" by F. A. Hayek for more indepth exploration of ways to maintain economic and personal freedom. Important and interesting!!! The narration was well done and very "listenable".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Erik on 01-21-08


The most compelling book (of any type) that I have read in years. The authors are so clear and straightforward, the ideas so natural, that I cannot believe that I waited until know to read this.

The examples are dated, but all of the history since seems only to verify the predictions made.

I highly recommended it for anyone interested in economics and politics.

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