Rothbard’s Lost Book on the Constitution

[cross-posted at BHL and POT]

The long-awaited (to put it mildly) 300+ page fifth volume of Rothbard’s history of the American founding, addressing the crucial period of the Constitutional Convention (which, you will not be surprised to learn, Rothbard views as something less than a heroic miracle of liberty) is finally available, both in print and as a free download.


6 Responses to Rothbard’s Lost Book on the Constitution

  1. Brandon November 6, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

    Now I feel like an idiot for buying the hardback edition of CIL 10 years ago, since it didn’t include this volume.

    • Roderick November 9, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

      Well, there isn’t going to be a one-volume edition containing all five as far as I know. There’ll continue to be the four-in-one volume that’s presumably the one you bought, plus now this standalone fifth volume to accompany it. That’s my impression anyway (though of course I no longer have as much inside info on Mises Institute plans as I used to).

      They do seem to have designed the cover of the 5th volume to match that of the four-in-one.

      • Brandon November 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

        The new book is designed to match the current four-in-one edition, but not the four-in-one edition I bought, which has a red cover with gold letters. I think mine has a better quality level than the current version, based on the price.

  2. Joe James November 23, 2019 at 9:16 am #

    Has Rothbard’s books on the US founding ever been reviewed by professional historians of the period?

    • Brandon November 23, 2019 at 10:09 am #

      In the preface, Rothbard writes “Historians Robert E. Brown of Michigan State University and Forrest McDonald of Wayne State University were kind enough to read the entire manuscript and offer helpful suggestions even though it soon became clear to them and to myself that our fundamental disagreements tended to outweigh our agreements.”

  3. Neil December 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

    This was a very good book. Thanks for the heads up.

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