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Leonard E. Read, “I, Pencil: My Family Tree” as told to Leonard E. Read, Dec. 1958 [1958]

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I Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Reed (Irvington-on-Hudson, New York: Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., 1999).


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A charming story which explains how something as apparently simple as a pencil is in fact the product of a very complex economic process based upon the division of labor, international trade, and comparative advantage.

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