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From the president of the American Enterprise Institute comes a candid assessment of how mainstream America can take the philosophy of free enterprise and translate it into political action—restoring both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.

Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility—these traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system and have long been central to America’s exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions—by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth.

In The Road to Freedom, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals about the economic efficiency of capitalism. Rather, free enterprise requires a moral defense rooted in the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. Brooks builds this defense and demonstrates how it is central to understanding the major policy issues facing America today.

The future of the free enterprise system has become a central issue in our national debate, and Brooks offers a practical manual for defending it over the coming years. Both a moral manifesto and a prescription for concrete policy changes, The Road to Freedom will help Americans in all walks of life translate the philosophy of free enterprise into action, to restore both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is true, but insufficient, to argue that free enterprise makes us better off. Arthur Brooks makes the indispensable point that it also makes us better. Having stumbled far down the road to serfdom, we are much in need of Brooks’ trenchant case for a change of course.”

    George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Brooks is a smart, witty, and engaging writer, and it’s refreshing to see a conservative cast the argument for free enterprise in these terms.”


  • “I heartily recommend this book as an excellent road map to create a prosperous, socially just, and ethical society.”

    John Mackey, cofounder and CEO, Whole Foods Markets

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About the Author

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is the author of a number of books, including The Battle, Gross National Happiness, and Who Really Cares. Until 2009, Arthur was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. Previously, Brooks spent twelve years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. A native of Seattle, Brooks currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and their three children.