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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Friedrich A. Hayek Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This classic by one of the twentieth century’s leading libertarian thinkers has established itself beside the works of Orwell and others as a timeless meditation on the relationship between human freedom and government authority.

Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world’s great leaders: from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-forties, to Reagan and Thatcher in the eighties. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as “an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism.” Hayek shows that the idea that “under a dictatorial government you can be free inside,” is nothing less than a grievous fallacy. Such dictatorial governments prevent individual freedoms, and they often use psychological measures to perform “an alteration of the character of the people.” Gradually, the people yield their individuality to the point where they become part of the collectivist mass.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book has become a true classic: essential reading for everyone who is seriously interested in politics in the broadest and least partisan sense.”

    Milton Friedman

  • “This book was like a Mike Tyson (in his prime) right hook to socialism in Western Europe and in the United States. But its influence didn’t stop there. It has inspired political and economic leaders for decades since—most famously Ronald Reagan. Reagan often praised Hayek when he talked about people waking up to the dangers of big government.”

    Glenn Beck, Fox News

  • “Shatters the myth that the totalitarianisms ‘of the Left’ and ‘of the Right’ stem from different impulses.”

    Mark Helprin, National Review, 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century

  • “This book should be read by everybody. It is no use saying that there are a great many people who are not interested in politics; the political issue discussed by Dr. Hayek concerns every single member of the community.”

    The Listener

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared | 1/26/2014

    " Good, but a heavy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 1/10/2014

    " Very good book. Easy to read, moves quick and will scare you with how similar some passages are to today's world, even though he is writing about Hitler. This is a good economic overview of the time. I recommend it to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 12/8/2013

    " Not a light read, Road to Serfdom was written in the 1940's by von Hayek, an economist. Having lived in Austria during World War II, von Hayek saw similarities in legislation of both the United States and the United Kingdom with the socialist countries. This book stands the test of time and has a political/economic/philosophical theme. I could never do justice to a true book review. I can only recommend that everyone reads it. The book is only a little over 200 pages, but is so important to today. Basically the book warns against centralized governments and promotes individual freedom. I often wonder how the German people during World War II allowed their government to become such a overpowering and brutal regime. Their leader promoted a we vs. they campaign..."they" have better jobs..."they" are starting businsess..."they" are taking away jobs from us...does it sound familiar..."they are not paying their fair share", "they did not build that...someone else made that happen". Very frightening. Once divided, "we" look to the government to make it fair. With the rate of growth in last few years of the public sector and not the private sector, one should question if the government is controlling economic power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 12/1/2013

    " A very interesting book that shows how easily we can lose our freedoms. "

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