The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition
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 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 will be the definitive version of Hayek's enduring masterwork.
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The historical analysis upon which this book depends amounts to nothing more than extremely poor scholarship masquerading as thoughtful contrarianism. Hayek's conflation of Nazism with Socialism ... Read full review
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This book was written in 1944 and in it he has said that any state with an centrally directed autocratic form of government will not last long. With the foresight of an astrologer, he predicted the ... Read full review
THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
Preface to the Original Editions
Foreword to the 1956 American Paperback Edition
One The Abandoned Road
Two The Great Utopia
Three Individualism and Collectivism
Four The Inevitability of Planning
Thirteen The Totalitarians in Our Midst
Fourteen Material Conditions and Ideal Ends
Fifteen The Prospects of International Order
Readers Report by Frank Knight 1943
Five Planning and Democracy
Six Planning and the Rule of Law
Seven Economic Control and Totalitarianism
Eight Who Whom?
Nine Security and Freedom
Ten Why the Worst Get on Top
Eleven The End of Truth
Twelve The Socialist Roots of Naziism