Tom Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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  • a senior fellow of the Mises Institute 
  • host of The Tom Woods Show
    • which releases a new episode every weekday.

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Tom Woods said

Capitalism, If We Only Legalized It, Would Save Lives and Lower Prices

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

Woods is the author of twelve books,
  • most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion, 
  • Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse 
  • Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.
His other books include
  • the New York Times bestsellers 
    • Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse 
    • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History,
  • as well as 
    • Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), 
    • Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 
    • 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, 
    • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and 
    • The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy.
    • His critically acclaimed book The Church Confronts Modernity was released in paperback by Columbia University Press in 2007.
    • A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007.
  • Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
  • Woods edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: 
    • Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, 
    • We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner),
    • Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, 
    • The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and
    • Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic.
  • He contributed
    • the preface to Choosing the Right College and
    • the foreword both to
      • Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism and to
      • Abel Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government.
  • He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.
Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.

Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

For eleven years Woods served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine; he is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia.

Tom also co-hosts Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast with economist Bob Murphy that provides a free-market response to Paul Krugman’s New York Times column.

Finally, Tom operates The Happy Earner, an online entrepreneurship website.


The Honorable Ron Paul, U.S. House of Representatives said

I strongly recommend Woods’s work.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, FOX News said

The smartest guy in the room.

Peter Schiff said

Tom Woods is one of my dearest allies in the struggle against wrong-headed and dangerous economic policy.

David Stockman, director of Ronald Reagan’s Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985 said

You’ve written some great stuff over the years, and you’ve contributed to the education of a lot of people, including myself.

Tom Bethell, senior editor, The American Spectator said

A marvelous read. Every chapter taught me something new and unexpected.

Journal of American History said

Well written, well researched, and the thesis put forth is well argued…. Woods has opened up an area of historical analysis that should invite further study.<BR />

Publishers Weekly said

Woods and [co-author Kevin] Gutzman appeal to both left and right in this constitutionalist jeremiad…. The authors’ exegeses of the Constitution and court decisions, heavy on original intent arguments, are lucid and telling.<BR />

Barry Goldwater Jr., former Member of Congress said

During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods.

Journal of the Historical Society said

An engaging and important contribution to scholarship.

Asia Times said

An excellent reading source for anyone interested in financial markets, and much more so for anyone interested in learning about capitalism without all the misinterpretations being thrown about in the financial media.<BR />

Journal of American Studies said

Written with great clarity and fluency, making the complex philosophical and theological concepts approachable.

Catholic Historical Review said

Provocative, well-written, and deserves to be read.

Barron’s said

A must-read.


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