by Brian Doherty
We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage.
- Friedrich A. Hayek, Nobel Laureate
Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism is a riveting and brilliant narrative of the evolution of American libertarianism. He both captures the lives and the ideas of a movement with its roots in the enlightenment and its greatest heroes in twentieth-century America. I was impressed with the detail, breadth, and compelling style of this history of the ideas and people of the libertarian 'movement'. Along the way he uncovers many facts that should be interesting for all but the most knowledgable among libertarian cognoscenti. You may find more information about certain individuals, especially those who are better known, in their respective biographies but the best overview is to be found in Brian Doherty's magnum opus.
Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty. Public Affairs Books, New York. 2007.
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