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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hannan Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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In March 2009 British conservative Daniel Hannan became an overnight celebrity when he assailed Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the floor of the European parliament. The YouTube clip went viral, leading to whirlwind appearances on FOX and other conservative media outlets. A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for conservative ideas, Hannan is better versed in America's traditions and founding documents than many Americans are.

In The New Road to Serfdom, Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not allow Barack Obama to take us down the road to EU-style social democracy. Instead, he pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that made their country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/20/2014

    " As I prepare to move to London, it's nice to know there is at least one British politician who I can respect on that side of the Atlantic. In this quick read, MP Daniel Hannan warns his American cousins to abandon our present path toward emulating the European model of social democracy. By contrasting the founding documents, the process by which they were implemented, and political and social consequences of the EU and the US systems, Hannan builds a strong case for why America needs to stand true to our founding principles and reject the EU model. As cynical as I am about American politics, and as broken as our system may be, I have come away from this book with a much better appreciation for the political process in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 2/19/2014

    " This book, by British MP Daniel Hannan, is as Rhonda said in her review from 1/23/12, "... a warning to the American people about not abandoning our founding principles of freedom which will lead us into socialism". It contains a few interesting perspectives, but for the most part, I found it slow and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Brown | 2/15/2014

    " Very thought provoking and insightful. Hannon is the only conservative in the EU and his perspective as a British born politician is enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/8/2014

    " I was a bit hesitant to read this book. After all, books by American politicians are a but underwhelming, to say the least. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. Daniel Hannan, a British MP, has written a thoughtful and engaging book. Hannan compares the American political system with the European system and warns the U.S. not to pursue the European path. I have never really paid much attention to European politics, but as bad as I sometimes think American politics is, the European system does appear to be worse due to things such as closed primaries, voting for lists of candidates (making it impossible for senior politicians to be defeated-at least hypothetically Barney Frank could lose a primary), and surrendering national sovereignty via the European Union. Hannan rightly connects the latter with states surrendering sovereignty to the federal government. I have often wondered how many words the U.S. Constitution would be if it was written today. Hannan provides a hint of an answer when he points out that the EU Constitution contains 76,000 words, in contrast with the 7,200 words of the U.S. Constitution, and contains such "rights" as the right to strike, the right to free health care, and the right to affordable housing. Sadly, I do not thing this matters much because it does not seem like the U.S. Constitution does much to constrain our present government, besides doing something really blatant like banning free speech. I mean, it took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol. Does anyone seriously think it would take another one to ban it again? The FDA would just declare alcohol a drug and regulate it, or Congress would just vote to ban it (like it does pot). Unsurprisingly, Hannan is opposed to government run health care. But, it is a nice surprise that he gives props to the Singapore health care system which is comprised of health savings accounts coupled with catastrophic insurance coverage. Singapore spends a fraction, in terms of GDP does, on health care and has better health outcomes. Too often, American politicians rail against "Obamacare" without providing an alternative, as if the status quo is sustainable. Hannan also warns of the passing of legislative powers from elected officials to elected bureaucrats. This is common in Britain and sadly common in America, where bills such as Dodd-Frank are passed with gaps and the gaps later filled in by the regulatory agencies. What legislator would pass a bill that has yet to be written? It is unbelievable, when you think of it. Hannan's case is strong, but reading the book it becomes sadly clear that the U.S. is moving down the European path. Churchill once said that "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” I think it should be updated to say "You can always count on Americans to do the European thing-after they've seen the European thing doesn't work." One European thing I would like the Americans to do is elect enough Daniel Hannans to Congress to get a veto-proof majority :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blain Dillard | 2/7/2014

    " The author is a British politician who has seen first hand the destructive road of the European Union, with it's centralized decision making and socialist leanings. The EU countries are showing America the way directly into the poorhouse, and many of our leaders can't seem to see that aspiring to be like Europe is taking America off its foundation. This book was free to checkout from the Wake County Library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/5/2014

    " Very useful, measured overview of the UK's relationship with the EU over the last 40 years and the real agenda behind the project of "ever closer union". How could we ever have thought this was about anything else other than the creation of a European super-state? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/21/2014

    " Great book. A beautifully written warning about the centralization of power. All the more insightful with the ongoing implosion of the EU. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Lee | 1/14/2014

    " A bit ramblish for a relatively short book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 12/31/2013

    " He meant well but it's a poor attempt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Holter | 11/10/2013

    " The New Road to Serfdom is a repaving of Hayak's old Road to Serfdom, not a fresh trail into unexplored territory. If you only want to travel one of these roads, take the old one - its focus on economics gives you a better ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Carr | 11/9/2013

    " Amazing insight from a prophet outside the inner circle of United States political corruption. A hard smack in the face to politicians in general and a dire warning for America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 6/4/2013

    " Fantastic - if we'll only listen to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holli | 1/30/2013

    " An excellent read from a Briton reminding Americans why this country is so great. And warning us that the current path of bigger government, less liberty and self-governance is ruining our great country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/19/2012

    " A decent read, and I wanted to like it more, but I believe Hannan would have come off as more scholarly and credible if he had used references for his statements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Manganiello | 10/14/2012

    " Outstanding!!! An amazing Book, and highly recommended for anyone who has ever wished that our great country should strive to be more like, or completely replicate the "European Welfare Union". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 7/12/2012

    " I don't think he read the original Road to Serfdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 4/26/2012

    " I give this book the highest possible rating. The author briefly, directly, clearly explains some of the dangers America faces if it follows Europe down the path of the welfare state and large centralized undemocratic government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.J. | 8/17/2011

    " I wish the book would have stayed more focused. To me, it seems to give the original title a bad name. A decent quick read, but, truthfully, I would look elsewhere with so much currently out there to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 4/7/2011

    " I did enjoy this book and appreciate the author's point of view. Government close to home is where it's at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan John | 1/7/2011

    " Outstanding!!! An amazing Book, and highly recommended for anyone who has ever wished that our great country should strive to be more like, or completely replicate the "European Welfare Union". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 11/27/2010

    " I give this book the highest possible rating. The author briefly, directly, clearly explains some of the dangers America faces if it follows Europe down the path of the welfare state and large centralized undemocratic government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elizaholtr | 10/24/2010

    " The New Road to Serfdom is a repaving of Hayak's old Road to Serfdom, not a fresh trail into unexplored territory. If you only want to travel one of these roads, take the old one - its focus on economics gives you a better ride. "

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About the Author

Daniel Hannan is a writer and blogger, and he has been a member of the European Parliament representing South East England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He graduated with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, and worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. His book The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Gildart Jackson’s acting credits span the stage and screen. He is most often recognized for his roles as Gideon on Charmed and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital. He has also starred in numerous television shows, including CSI and Vegas, and he played the lead in the highly acclaimed independent feature film You, directed by his wife, Melora Hardin.