Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty
A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

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On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now has explored the history of this uniquely American movement—where and who it came from, how it evolved, and what impact it has had on our country.

In this revelatory book, based on original research and interviews with more than 100 key sources, Brian Doherty traces the evolution of the movement through the unconventional life stories of its most influential leaders— Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman—and through the personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. And by doing so, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history—from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1960s to today's most divisive political issues. Neither an exposé nor a political polemic, this entertaining historical narrative will enlighten anyone interested in American politics.

 

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Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of three previous books, including Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and Gun Control on Trial. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and the Weekly Standard, among other publications. He has been a commentator on numerous radio and television shows, including The O'Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 28, 2009 by PublicAffairs. 754 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A history of libertarianism from the Austrians to Ayn Rand and beyond.

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[Nolan] made no grandiose promises for what a Libertarian Party.

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if anything ants are incredibly hayekian.

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A fascinating look at the history of the uniquely American political philosophy of Libertarianism, Radicals for Capitalism is a richly rewarding book on the beginnings of the Libertarian movement and some of its founding members and supporters.

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