Over at EconLog, George Mason economics professor Bryan Caplan lists the 15 books that have been his biggest intellectual influences. It’s worth a look. For you libertarian ideologues out there, pay attention to what he says about Rothbard and Mises. I love them both, and clearly so does Caplan; he assigned a fair amount of Rothbard when I took his graduate public finance class. But they’re not without their faults.
My own list would look pretty different. But I have to say, it would share a lot of common themes.