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The Road to Serfdom : Text and Documents :  Text and Documents - F. A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom : Text and Documents

Text and Documents

Paperback Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780226320557
Number Of Pages: 304

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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 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 misinterpretationsof 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 Friedrich Hayek's enduring masterwork.

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"A version of a recognized classic text that provides a full and rich context from which to understand its emergence and eventual powerful impact on the course of events and ideas in the twentieth century. . . . The University of Chicago Press and Bruce Caldwell have done an excellent job in dressing up this classic book for both the general reader and scholars in a variety of disciplines and the hiostory of ideas."--Steven Horwitz "EH.Net " "It takes courage, or something like it, to declare one's offering 'The Definitive Edition'. . . . I have no hesitation, though in describing this as an excellent edition."--Roger Kimball "New Criterion " "In my opinion it is a grand book. . . . Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement."

--John Maynard Keynes

Editorial Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Road to Serfdom
Preface to the Original Editionsp. 37
Foreword to the 1956 American Paperback Editionp. 39
Preface to the 1976 Editionp. 53
Introductionp. 57
The Abandoned Roadp. 65
The Great Utopiap. 76
Individualism and Collectivismp. 83
The "Inevitability" of Planningp. 91
Planning and Democracyp. 100
Planning and the Rule of Lawp. 112
Economic Control and Totalitarianismp. 124
Who, Whom?p. 134
Security and Freedomp. 147
Why the Worst Get on Topp. 157
The End of Truthp. 171
The Socialist Roots of Naziismp. 181
The Totalitarians in Our Midstp. 193
Material Conditions and Ideal Endsp. 210
The Prospects of International Orderp. 223
Conclusionp. 237
Bibliographical Notep. 239
Related Documents
Nazi-Socialism (1933)p. 245
Reader's Reportp. 249
Reader's Reportp. 251
Foreword to the 1944 American Editionp. 253
Letter from John Scoon to C. Hartley Grattan (1945)p. 255
Introduction to the 1994 Editionp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780226320557
ISBN-10: 0226320553
Series: The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: March 2007
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition

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