Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Beginning: Free to Choose




Ever since the first settlement of Europeans in the New World, America has been a magnet for people seeking adventure, fleeing from tyranny, or simply trying to make a better life for themselves and their children.

-- from the author's Introduction to Free to Choose by Milton & Rose Friedman.

Every day each of us uses innumerably goods and services -- to eat, to wear, to shelter us from the elements, or simply to enjoy. We take it for granted that they will be available when we want to buy them.

-- from Chapter 1, The Power of the Market.

This struck me as a good book to start reading on Independence Day. I’ve been meaning to read it for years. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine how popular the television series was that prompted the Friedmans' book – 10 hour-long documentaries made in the late 1970s, shown on public television, analyzing capitalism by a Nobel Prize-winning libertarian economist.

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  1. Seems very apt for present times also.

  2. Hi Gilion,

    Definitely not one for me, however hubbie would probably really like it, just to compare the author's thinking with that of present day 'experts' and of course his own views, as he constantly tells me that capitalism as we know it, is dead in the water!

    An interesting book as a discussion point, have fun reading and thanks for sharing :)


  3. You're very brave - well done!

  4. I hope you'll review this book - I'd like to know more about it. It sounds a thought provoking book - and a long one?

  5. Sounds true today also. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  6. This sounds like quite a read!

  7. Love books like that! I tweeted this :)

    Have a great weekend.

    Here's mine:

    Luv Sassy x

  8. BookPlease -- My paperback is only 300 pages. Not too long.

  9. I must confess the cover of your book is not very appealing. I grew up in the 70s and don't remember these documentaries. Probably I was too young to pay attention to serious stuff like economics. Ha!

  10. Anne -- I know, right! Hard to imagine this book was a number one bestseller with a cover like that! But Milton Friedman was very popular in the 70s and 80s.


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