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Charles G. Koch discusses the books are the ones where he learned how the world works.

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Charles G. Koch discusses the books are the ones where he learned how the world works.

    3. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

    3. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

    Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises had a profound effect on Charles Koch when he read it for the first time. Described as his “magnum opus,” this 900-page, 1949 treatise details a comprehensive, economics-based worldview on how people can live and work together peacefully – including what motivates us to act and […]

    • 3 min
    1. Bonfire of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe

    1. Bonfire of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe

    Charles G. Koch explains what makes Tom Wolfe compelling reading. Originally published as a 27-part serial in Rolling Stone, then heavily revised for novelization, this 1987 tome set in New York City is considered by many to be the quintessential novel of the 1980s – receiving both widespread critical acclaim and weeks on best-seller lists. […]

    • 2 min
    4. In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government by Charles Murray

    4. In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government by Charles Murray

    Charles G. Koch reads a passage and explores his affinity for the author. About the book: This 1988 book by a renown political scientist revisits the framers’ vision for good public policy inherent in the Declaration of Independence – and makes a compelling case for why it still is the best possible option for pursuing and […]

    • 4 min
    2. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy

    2. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy

    Charles discusses Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy by Michael Polyani and the profound influence the book had on his business. When it was published in 1958, “Personal Knowledge” challenged a prevailing philosophical idea – that all knowledge is objective, absolute and independent of individual experience. By reframing it as a personal discipline, Polanyi reclaims knowledge […]

    • 4 min

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