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All but the first of the book’s 10 chapters address a common misconception of or objection to capitalism, followed first by a brief answer and then by a lengthier explanation. Devoid of supply-demand curves or ponderous statistical apparatus, the volume contains a useful list of suggestions for further reading appended to each chapter. In his new book, Father Sirico presents an eloquent case for the importance of economic liberty, addressing complex topics such as globalization and social welfare programs with admirable attention to first principles. In an election year in which the two candidates represent starkly different economic paths, “Defending the Free Market” makes a critical contribution to public discourse.

Claire Cousino, a former Commentary intern, writes from Grand Rapids, Mich.