Libertarian bookstore, founded in 1972 in New York City, now online and owned by Agora Financial
Laissez Faire Books

Laissez Faire Books (LFB) is an online bookseller that was originally based in New York City when it first opened in 1972.

Staff and Associates

Roy ChildsBook review editor, 1984-1992
Sharon PresleyFounder
Andrea RichOwner, Feb 1982-Dec 2005


Andrea Rich, RIP, by Brian Doherty, 1 Aug 2018
In memoriam, including comments from Nick Gillespie and David Nott
"Reason's Nick Gillespie eulogized Andrea on Facebook, summing up well the importance of Laissez Faire Books in the pre-Web days: 'Every issue of the catalogue was crammed with squibs about books by and about Milton and Rose Friedman, Hayek, Rand, Mises, Rothbard, Rose Wilder Lane (the daughter of Little House author Laura Ingalls Wilder), Lysander Spooner, Voltairine de Cleyre, Tom Szasz, you name it, all held together by mind-blowing essays by Roy Childs and other contributors. ... More than any other, the ... catalogue gave me a sense of the world that I would eventually live in for my professional life.'"
Related Topic: Andrea Rich
Jeff Riggenbach on Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, Freedom Network News, 2004
Lengthy biographical and memorial essay
"There was much going on in Manhattan in the early '70s, much movement ferment and growth. And it was not all in Murray Rothbard's living room. Over on Mercer Street in the Village, Laissez Faire Books, the nation's first libertarian bookstore (unless you count Benjamin R. Tucker's Bookstore at 225 Fourth Avenue, which closed in 1908), was being established by Sharon Presley and John Muller."
RIP Andrea Rich, by David Boaz, 1 Aug 2018
In memoriam
"From 1982 to 2005 she was the president of Laissez-Faire Books, which billed itself as 'the world’s largest collection of books on liberty.' It had a retail location on Mercer Street in Greenwich Village, described in Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty as 'an important social center for the movement in America's biggest city, a place for any traveling libertarian to stop for company and succor.' But in those pre-Amazon days, it was far better known for its monthly catalog that reached libertarians around the world. Through its Fox & Wilkes publishing imprint it brought many classic libertarian books back into print."
The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992), by Jeff Riggenbach, 21 Jan 2011
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
"From there, in the mid-1980s, he moved back to New York and became editorial director of Laissez Faire Books, where he was responsible for reading through new titles coming on the market in history, philosophy, economics, and current issues, making preliminary decisions about which of these titles Laissez Faire Books ought to carry, and writing reviews of most of the books the company did end up carrying. These reviews were published in the monthly Laissez Faire Review, which doubled, of course, as a mail-order book catalogue."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Laissez Faire Books" as of 23 Oct 2017, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.