164! And Another Review….

This sort of thing can get old, I know, but I feel like crowing that as of this morning at 10 am pacific time, Radicals For Capitalism has hit the highest Amazon ranking I have noticed yet: 164. Thanks to all who made it possible. That would be the people who bought the book through Amazon….

And another nifty review I forgot to include in the review roundup below, from Daniel F. Ryan at the “Enter Stage Right” webzine An educational excerpt:

Brian Doherty has produced an engaging history of the libertarian movement, the kind of tale that may make you wish you were there at the time. Although he pays attention to the nineteenth-century antecedents of modern libertarianism, most of his narrative discusses the movement in its post-New-Deal phase. In doing so, he’s done a largely comprehensive job, up to the point where he fills in certain holes. One of the more interesting unearthed historical lacunae is the revelation of a full-blown LSD cult surfacing amongst the Faith and Freedom worthies in California, in the early 1960s, which explains a certain affiliation between libertarians and the counterculture.

There are colorful characters in this book. Doherty is the first libertarian I know to devote more than a brief mention of a well-known character by the name of Andy Galambos, a Californian. If you read the book, you’ll be surprised when you learn which prominent libertarians were Galambosian. He ain’t the only character, either; keep a close eye on Robert LeFevre.


Every libertarian intellectual of note is discussed here, and several of them whose works have been forgotten. Ayn Rand; Isabel Paterson; Murray N. Rothbard; Milton Friedman, with mention of David; Ludwig von Mises; Friedrich von Hayek; and, quite a few others. One long-neglected thinker mentioned by Doherty is Rose Wilder Lane. Her libertarianism encompassed the frontier dweller’s sometimes-chosen right to be lazy, provided that he or she was self-supporting while being so.

More reviews coming, I expect, and some announcements about radio appearances in the next 48 hours.


3 responses to “164! And Another Review….

  1. And just think of all of us who bought our copies from Laissez-Faire. Great project, fantastic book.

    My only criticism, if you can call it that, is that RFC is likely to make many otherwise uninterested libertarians interested in movement history. To me, that’s like seeing Panthro UK on TRL. Sure, it’s nice to see hem doing well, but it’s also nice to keep them all to yourselves.

    Selfish, I know, but I am what I am.

  2. I know you don’t control it but if it were out in softback, its rank would be much higher. I’m looking forward to picking it up then.

  3. your appearance on c-span is on some site called youtube:

    fyi, books is on order, can’t wait to read it…

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