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Author: Friedrich A. Hayek Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538459997

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An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program—The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial bestseller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than twenty languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century.

With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. The volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book’s origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek’s thought. Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek’s references and added helpful new explanatory notes. Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom is the definitive version of Hayek’s enduring masterwork.

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  • “One of the most important books of our generation…It is an arresting call to the well-intentioned planners and socialists, to all those who are sincere democrats and liberals at heart to stop, look, and listen.”

    - New York Times Book Review

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    " This is one of the best repudiations of socialism and communism in print. I have heard many disparaging remarks about Hayek's style, but I found it quite relevant and engaging and cogent. He does a better job than most modern authors of describing how socialism and fascism are closely tied, but more ever that the result is nearly indistinguishable. One of the main ideas of the book are that the belief in the state and centralized planning leads to totalitarianism, loss of freedom, and morality. I learned that WWI was seen by some intellectual Germans as a fight against capitalism. I also learned that Hyek himself once considered himself a socialist. From a contemporary standpoint it is much more relevant than Adam Smith in addressing the evils of our day and easier to read. I found the fact that it was written originally with an English audience in mind, the references dating back to intellectuals from the 1920s and 1930s, and references to politics long past no real impediment. As socialism rises in popularity among the elite today and on American campuses its warning are timely and even spooky. "

    - Plebian, 1/8/2022

About the Author

Friedrich A. Hayek (1899–1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and a leading proponent of classical liberalism in the twentieth century.

About the Narrator

William Hughes is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, he received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California at Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.