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 why we value money.

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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.

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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 achieving happiness in today’s America.

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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 as an art and a science. And as, best of all, human.

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