Larry Reed Shares Key Influences in His Life
1. My Father, Lawrence W. Reed Sr., who instilled in me the importance of character and a willingness to challenge power and authority.
2. My economics professor at Grove City College, Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, who earned his PhD under Ludwig von Mises and gave me my life-long love of Austrian Economics.
3. My most important influencers from Real Heroes, and about whom I wrote chapters, would be Cicero, Thomas Clarkson and Frederic Bastiat.
4. Economist Henry Hazlitt, also a long-time FEE trustee and a personal friend. His classic Economics in One Lesson was profoundly important to me.
5. Leonard Read, whom I knew personally in the last seven years of his life.
6. The Sound of Music, which motivated me as a teenager to read voraciously in history.
7. More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell, a short but very influential book on theology.
8. Ludwig von Mises, whom I never met, but whose books were required reading at Grove City College.
9. Joe Overton, my best friend of all time, Senior Vice President at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. His example of character and passion for liberty as well as his qualities as a good manager of people, left a deep imprint on me.