Are you looking for gift ideas for someone who falls in the moderate conservative to libertarian part of the political spectrum and might have an interest in popular economics or gaining a better understanding of how the political economy around them works?
You won’t go wrong with the following book choices.
- Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
- Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One by Thomas Sowell
- The Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg
- Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell
- Really, anything by Thomas Sowell is good.
- More Sex is Safer Sex by Steven Landsburg
- The Undercover Economist by Tim Hanover
- The Price of Everything by Russell Roberts
There are two books on the list I haven’t read yet, but will soon and I have read much other stuff by the authors and can vouch that these are good.
Update: W.E. Heasley offers these suggestions (I’ve read one of these and will add the rest to my reading list):
- Getting Off Track, John B. Taylor.
- Super Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner.
- The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, F.A Hayek.
- A Conflict of Visions, Thomas Sowell.
- The Federalist Papers in Modern Language, Mary Webster
- Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Robert Nozick.
For fiction, dave recommends Cryptonomicron and The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.
Also, I’d like to add one more to the list: P.J. O’Rourke on the Wealth of Nations.