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ISBN-10: 0226320553
ISBN-13: 9780226320557
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 best seller, 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 standardizedand 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" will be the definitive version of Friedrich Hayek's enduring masterwork.

Editorial Foreword
Introduction
The Road to Serfdom
Preface to the Original Editions
Foreword to the 1956 American Paperback Edition
Preface to the 1976 Edition
Introduction
The Abandoned Road
The Great Utopia
Individualism and Collectivism
The "Inevitability" of Planning
Planning and Democracy
Planning and the Rule of Law
Economic Control and Totalitarianism
Who, Whom?
Security and Freedom
Why the Worst Get on Top
The End of Truth
The Socialist Roots of Naziism
The Totalitarians in Our Midst
Material Conditions and Ideal Ends
The Prospects of International Order
Conclusion
Bibliographical Note
Related Documents
Nazi-Socialism (1933)
Reader's Report
Reader's Report
Foreword to the 1944 American Edition
Letter from John Scoon to C. Hartley Grattan (1945)
Introduction to the 1994 Edition
Acknowledgments
Index

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