Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: What are the must-read books about economics/finance?
bennesvig: ...is the book that got me interested in economics. It's a large but easy to understand read.
samselikoff: He's very accessible and values simplicity and clarity above all else in his writing.
thr0waway1239: Thomas Sowell books which stay within the boundaries of economics are all excellent and very readable.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
crowdpleaser: Reading Sowell really challenged my utopian impulses, it's amazing how deep his thoughts are but how simply they're expressed, apparently he advised people in the bay area to stop protecting so much open space in the 1970s with the warning that this would increase housing prices dramatically eventually...
freedomben: Not an easy read, but it deeply changed the way I think about incentive structures and the law of unintended consequences. It's a tough pill to swallow for people (like myself) who cling to utopian ideas, but the older I get the more I realize we must live in the world as it exists, with human nature as it really is...
sbayeta: Really changed the way I perceive how money works, and furthermore it drove me to take a chance at a new business project