The Road to Serfdom, the Definitive Edition: Text and Documents

Version: Unabridged
Author: Friedrich A. Hayek , Bruce Caldwell
Narrator: William Hughes
Genres: Business & Economics, Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2017
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

Edited, with a foreword and introduction by Bruce Caldwell

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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Written by Matthew F on January 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. Does a good job of explaining the perspective of the socialist thinkers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This book does a great job of explaining the path required to take a country to pure socialism. Along the way, he shows how the inherent tenants of socialism cause a worsened economy and a worsened standard of living. Highly recommend this book. The narration was fine with good emphasis, was able to understand him clearly at 1.5 speed.

Author Details

Author Details

Hayek, Friedrich A.

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.

Hayek, F. a.

F. A. Hayek (1899 1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and cowinner 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. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg. Among his other works published by the University of Chicago Press are The Constitution of Liberty and The Road to Serfdom.