About Harry Edson Browne
June 17, 1933 - March 1, 2006
Harry Browne was an inspirational speaker who wrote 23 books that sold more than 2 million copies. In 1996 and 2000 he was the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States.
Browne was a successful investment advisor for 30 years. He was unknown in the investment world when his first book, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation, was published in 1970. Recognizing the disastrous monetary policy of the U.S. government, he warned that the dollar would be devalued, inflation could be severe, and gold, silver, and foreign currencies should skyrocket in value. The book's theme clashed with the prevailing wisdom, but it struck a chord with tens of thousands of Americans, and the book made the New York Times bestseller list.
In 1973 he published How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, a self-help book that shows individuals how to take responsibility for their own lives. Many people consider the book to be a modern classic and it remains in demand three decades after its first publication.
His 1974 book, You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, was an even greater success — remaining on the Times bestseller list for 39 weeks and reaching #1. Its message amplified themes from his first book, and it allowed thousands of investors to hold their own and to profit during the turmoil of the late 1970s. He wrote six more big-selling investment books — including one more Times bestseller. Inflation-Proofing Your Investments, written with Terry Coxon and published in 1981, introduced the Permanent Portfolio concept. In 1999, he published his final investment book, Fail-Safe Investing.
From 1974 to 1997 he wrote Harry Browne's Special Reports, a financial newsletter. His 1995 book, Why Government Doesn't Work, provided a provocative mix of ideas that spoke to hundreds of thousands of Americans who felt frustrated by big government. The Great Libertarian Offer, was published in June 2000. His 2004 book was Liberty A to Z: Libertarian Soundbites You Can Use Right Now.
In Browne's presidential campaigns, he made appearances in almost every state, and he appeared on over a thousand radio and television programs. His pure approach to smaller government was praised in numerous newspaper editorials and political columns. He won a number of Internet preference polls and was endorsed for president by many radio talk show hosts and journalists.
He was a Director of Free Market News Network and had a weekly TV show on the network — which is an enormous Internet site producing news, commentary, radio interviews, and TV shows, all from a free-market perspective. He was the Director of Public Policy for DownsizeDC.org and a consultant to the Permanent Portfolio family of mutual funds.
Browne had a grown daughter, Autumn, and in 1985 he married the former Pamela Lanier Wolfe. His main non-professional interests were classical music, opera, good food and wine, sports, television, and fiction. He was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles.
He was a popular public speaker since the 1960s. He appeared on the Today show, Hannity & Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, Meet the Press, Wall $treet Week, The Larry King Show, and hundreds of other national and local radio and television shows.
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