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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date September 1, 1994
Binding Paperback
Edition 50 anv
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226320618
ISBN-10 0226320618
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $14.00
Other format details university press
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Examines the relationship between individual liberty and government authority, and argues that granting government control of the economy leads to disaster (view table of contents)
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A 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 England in the spring of 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 inevitably 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 attention from the public, politicians, and scholars alike. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 were sold. In April of 1945, Reader's Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this condensation to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best-seller, the book has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the United States, not including the British edition or the nearly twenty translations into such languages as German, French, Dutch, Swedish, and Japanese, and not to mention the many underground editions produced in Eastern Europe before the fall of the iron curtain.

After thirty-two printings in the United States, The Road to Serfdom has established itself alongside the works of Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and George Orwell for its timeless meditation on the relation between individual liberty and government authority. This fiftieth anniversary edition, with a new introduction by Milton Friedman, commemorates the enduring influence of The Road to Serfdom on the ever-changing political and social climates of the twentieth century, from the rise of socialism after World War II to the Reagan and Thatcher "revolutions" in the 1980s and the transitions in Eastern Europe from communism to capitalism in the 1990s.

F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth century.

On the first American edition of The Road to Serfdom:
"One of the most important books of our generation. . . . It restates for our time the issue between liberty and authority with the power and rigor of reasoning with which John Stuart Mill stated the issue for his own generation in his great essay On Liberty. . . . It is an arresting call to all well-intentioned planners and socialists, to all those who are sincere democrats and liberals at heart to stop, look and listen."—Henry Hazlitt, New York Times Book Review, September 1944

"In the negative part of Professor Hayek's thesis there is a great deal of truth. It cannot be said too often—at any rate, it is not being said nearly often enough—that collectivism is not inherently democratic, but, on the contrary, gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never dreamt of."—George Orwell, Collected Essays


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Hardcover
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2 new edition from Routledge (May 17, 2001); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9780415255431 | details & prices | 272 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $120.00
About: Addressing economics, fascism, history, socialism and the Holocaust, Hayek unwraps the trappings of socialist ideology.
50 anv edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (December 1, 1994); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9780226320595 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $29.00
About: Examines the relationship between individual liberty and government authority, and argues that granting government control of the economy leads to disaster
from Buccaneer Books (June 1, 1994); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9781568493763 | details & prices | List price $24.95
About: This classic by one of the 20th 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.
With Hedy Shiman (other contributor) | from Univ of Chicago Pr (June 1, 1944)
9780226320779 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $21.95
About: An economist enunciates the dangers of socialism and views the prospects for international order in an essay originally published in wartime Britain
Paperback
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from Createspace Independent Pub (December 26, 2015); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9781522918387 | details & prices | 50 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.12 in. | List price $9.95
About: Over Two Million Copies SoldThe Road to SerfdomByFriedrich A.
2 new edition from Routledge (March 7, 2006); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9780415253895 | details & prices | 272 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $21.95
About: Addressing economics, fascism, history, socialism and the Holocaust, Hayek unwraps the trappings of socialist ideology.
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50 anv edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (September 1, 1994); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9780226320618 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Examines the relationship between individual liberty and government authority, and argues that granting government control of the economy leads to disaster
CD/Spoken Word
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With William Hughes (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (July 1, 2010); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9781441753878 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: This classic by one of the 20th 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.
With William Hughes (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (July 1, 2010); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9781441753861 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $32.95
About: This classic by one of the 20th 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.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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from Blackstone Audio Inc (August 1, 1997); titled "The Road to Serfdom"
9780786100507 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $49.95
About: Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders: from Orwell and Churchhill in the mid-forties, to Reagan and Thatcher in the 80's.

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