Ryan Tracy writes:
Four years ago I was a twenty-one-year-old heroin addict living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. I was walking to my job and I noticed a dollar bill lying in the grass along the sidewalk next to a book. For whatever reason I picked that book up, along with the dollar, and read it. The book was The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul. I could not put it down. I read every page as many times as it took for me to understand the content. I finished the book two weeks later in inpatient drug rehabilitation. I had never felt anything so incredible as the liberation that I got from the principles outlined in that book. Near the end Dr. Paul recommended Mises’ book Human Action with an added note about the difficulty. I bought it two days out of rehab. It took me three months of non-stop reading and re-reading to get through all four volumes.
I will not bore you with the story of my life between then and now. To make a long story short I ended up hearing about your website through a friend right when I began devouring literature on Austrian economics. Your blog and archives changed my life and gave me clarification as I read through well over one hundred books by nearly every prominent Austrian scholar and libertarian philosopher, including several of your books. I wish that I could convey to you just how grateful I am for your work and the impact that you have had on my life, but any words that I would write now would be futile in explaining my deep and sincere appreciation.
(Mr. Tracy, who now works with addicts, told me there was no reason not to use his name.)