I recently got this email from Ryan, reproduced below with permission. I like reading his email a lot more than the comments from David S. on this blog.
Good afternoon Dr. Murphy,
I am currently reading your book (as we speak in fact) Lessons for the Young Economist and am currently on page 42.
Ever since I began reading LewRockwell.com and Mises.org in early 2003 it was, to some extent, difficult to grasp the fundamental concepts that underlies so-called “economic thinking.” As a result, it was extremely difficult, though not impossible, for me to go into greater depth on the subject.
Despite reading literally 6000+ (this is not an exaggeration) LewRockwell.com articles and a couple of thousand articles at Mises.org my mind could not quite grasp the ‘scholarly” articles as well as a great deal of Mises’ work. However, after being just 42 pages into your book it is now becoming very clear. Your ability to provide substantive explanatory power to the reader is extraordinary. Many intelligent individuals are unable to instruct their students due to an inability to speak in terms a non-economist would understand. Clearly your teaching skills are exquisite as well as possessing a brilliant mind.
to conclude, allow me to present to you thanks for your hard work ad dedication to instructing others on the importance of economics as well as teaching subject itself to prospective economics students and layman alike.
a friend in liberty,
P. S. While I have the free PDF and am currently reading it on my computer I also purchased a hardback. The reason for the latter is two-fold. First, the book can be read while being away from the computer. Second, because in my opinion you deserve some form of compensation for the excellent work that is Lessons for the Young Economist.
I explained to Ryan that although I appreciated the gesture, I actually got a lump sum payment for writing the book. So he could stick it to The Man for all I cared.