Palgrave Macmillan has just published a book entitled Libertarian Autobiographies. Edited by Jo Ann Cavallo and Walter Block, it consists of a huge collection of short autobiographies by libertarians.
I have the honor of having my autobiography included in this new book. Other contributors include James Bovard, Laurence Vance, Richard Ebeling, Doug Bandow, Chris Coyne, Robert Murphy, Mark Skousen, and many, many more.
Here is how Palgrave Macmillan describes the book:
“Influential libertarians from diverse backgrounds and professions who have worked toward a freer society across the globe share their personal and intellectual journeys, including what their lives and thoughts were before they embraced libertarianism; which people, texts, or events most inspired them; what experiences, challenges, tribulations, and achievements they have had as participants or leaders in this movement, and how this philosophy has affected their private and professional lives.”
“The volume’s 80 contributors span the political-philosophical spectrum of libertarianism, including anarcho-capitalists, minarchists, constitutionalists, classical liberals, and thick libertarians. Their essays express different perspectives on many issues even while articulating such core principles as an appreciation for individual liberty, private property rights, the rule of law, and free enterprise. Together, they represent myriad individual journeys toward libertarianism, however defined. By bringing together a range of contemporary voices from outside the dominant left-right paradigm, this book aims to contribute to the viewpoint diversity that is crucially needed in today’s public discourse. These autobiographies not only offer compelling insights into their individual authors and the state of the world today, but may also inspire the next generation to make our society a freer one.”
The only downside is the price of the book. It is pricey, but the hardcover book is beautiful. Price for the hardcover: $199. Price for the ebook: $56.70-$149. You can purchase it at Amazon. Palgrave Macmillan adds: “One can get 20% off the printed book or eBook by entering the following coupon code at checkout on link.springer.com: H5DoMQW47RT2HD (valid until Oct 13, 2023). In addition, the MyCopy version (printed ebook) is available at a much lower cost ($39.99 in the US) to individuals who belong to a university subscribed to SpringerLink. If your university subscribes to SpringerLink, you can also read the book online for free. (If you’re not on a university-sponsored device, a VPN, or the school’s WiFi, you might have to access the book through your university’s library page.)”