We're all very familiar with the multitude of ways to encounter literature and learn about the world. In addition to picking up a copy of, say, Atlas Shrugged, you can check out CliffsNotes, audiobooks, videos, articles, and blogs.
But there's one form out there which seems to me to be seriously underappreciated. I’m talking about the graphic guide, best exemplified by the "Introducing..." series and the "...For Beginners" series, which are published by Totem Books and For Beginners LLC, respectively.
Think of a graphic guide as a cross between a comic book and a nonfiction primer on a topic of your choice, each written by a different scholar and illustrated by a professional artist.
Of course, this is by no means an official endorsement of any of these books or the views expressed in them, but you can always expect to have an interesting read when you open up this type of book. One should not be too proud to pay attention to these books simply because of the words "beginners" or "introducing" in the titles. These books tend to be fairly thorough, lengthy, and informative, and can appeal to anyone looking for a change of pace after trying to make it through, for example, Mises's Human Action or The Theory of Money and Credit.
These series include a plethora of books devoted to subjects relevant to the liberty movement, such as capitalism, Ayn Rand, democracy, political philosophy, John Maynard Keynes, the Constitution, and FDR and the New Deal.
But it's also worth mentioning that the titles run the gamut of important topics, from Freud to ethics to relativity to Shakespeare. An interesting fact for movie fans is that "Introducing Evolutionary Psychology" is one of only three books cited by name as material given to Keanu Reeves before he even got the script for "The Matrix."
So pick up a graphic guide today, either for your eReader or in paperback.