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Dec 31, 2009 6:26 pm


I'm a Winner! (Black Maverick and From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State)



I'm going to party tonight! This morning comes two pieces of great news. First a committee of distinguished scholars at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has selected my book, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 (2000), as one of the ten top pro-liberty books of the decade.

Also, Damon Root, at Reason, has has this to say about my most recent book (co-authored by Linda Royster Beito):

But my vote for the year’s best book goes to David and Linda Beito’s landmark biography Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. Howard was a wealthy doctor, entrepreneur, and mutual aid leader who championed civil rights, capitalism, and armed self-defense amidst the lawlessness and state-sanctioned violence of Jim Crow Mississippi. As Black Maverick convincingly shows, no history of the civil rights movement is complete until it acknowledges Howard’s indispensable contributions.

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David T. Beito - 1/4/2010

All of your congratulations mean a lot to me!


Jane S. Shaw - 1/1/2010

David and Linda: You have a lot to be proud of. Your work on mutual aid societies has had enormous ripple effects. (I never sat down and read it, although I looked through it when you came to visit; I had heard about it for years.) I agree that Black Maverick was extremely well done, as I'll be indicating in an upcoming review.


Aeon J. Skoble - 1/1/2010

Congratulations! It's well-deserved.


William J. Stepp - 12/31/2009

To David (and co-author Linda of Black Maverick) for two outstanding books and well-deserved citations.


Steven Horwitz - 12/31/2009

Both kudos are very well deserved David. Two excellent books.


Keith Halderman - 12/31/2009

I wholeheartly agree with committee's choice and the review.

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