82 KIRZNER measures, after weeks of attempting to avoid them. With many misgivings and guilt feelings, this writer literally vandalized the book, physically separating it into its dozens of 32-page sewn sections. For a book-lover to vandalize a book which he wishes to read and to retain for many years, was not easy; but there was simply no alternative. It is true that a number of modern principles textbooks are awkwardly bulky; this work “outbulks” them all. A different kind of barrier is constituted by the tone and language of the book. Quite simply and candidly, the tone and language are often such as to make a serious scholar tend to dismiss the work summarily as a crude, angry, ideology-driven screed masquerading as a treatise on economics. There are possible explanations (and even, perhaps, some excuses) for this tone and language, and we shall later devote some space to the place of ideology in this volume. At this point we merely identify all this as an obstacle likely to deter the reader from reaching to that which is valuable, or possibly valuable, in the work. Quite apart from (but certainly not unrelated to) the “ideological” aspect of the work
The Review of Austrian Economics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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