Rothbard as a historian

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    Is Rothbard generally reliable as a historian? Are there certain errors that he makes that I should look out for when reading his historical works?

    I know he wrote Conceived in Liberty, but did he write many other historical works? I can think of War Collectivism, A History of Money and Banking in the United States and The Betrayal of the American Right, but all those were published after his death. There are also his reviews in Strictly Confidential, especially his review of George B. DeHuszar’s “A History of the American Republic”.


    Don’t forget the Panic of 1819, and his two volume history of economic thought. His book Against the Fed also has some historical background on the federal reserve.


    His book on the Panic of 1819 is the leader in the field. I’m not thrilled with his evaluations of matters such as George Washington’s role in American history, etc., where he often seems to reason thus:

    1) Government is bad;
    2) George Washington was in the government;
    3) George Washington was bad.

    After a few trips around that bush, the trip becomes rather dizzying.

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