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The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)

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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, Readers 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.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses “words hard as cannonballs” to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement.

In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights. But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy. These difficulties are the product not of necessity, but of intelligent choice. And, today, as decades ago, the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J. Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the book’s writing and publication.

About the Author

F. 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. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

Table of Contents

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

One                        The Abandoned Road

Two                       The Great Utopia

Three                     Individualism and Collectivism

Four                       The "Inevitability" of Planning

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

Thirteen                  The Totalitarians in Our Midst

Fourteen                 Material Conditions and Ideal Ends

Fifteen                    The Prospects of International Order

Sixteen                   Conclusion

Bibliographical Note

APPENDIX: RELATED DOCUMENTS

Nazi-Socialism (1933)

Reader's Report by Frank Knight (1943)

Reader's Report by Jacob Marschak (1943)

Foreword to the 1944 American Edition by John Chamberlain

Letter from John Scoon to C. Hartley Grattan (1945)

Introduction to the 1994 Edition by Milton Friedman

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226320557
Author:
Hayek, Friedrich A
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Editor:
Caldwell, Bruce
Author:
Weaver, Richard M.
Author:
Hayek, Friedrich A. Von
Author:
br
Author:
Kimball, Roger
Author:
Hayek, F. A.
Author:
uce Caldwell
Author:
Smith, Ted J.
Author:
Caldwell, Bruce
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Collected Works of F. A. Hayek
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses “words hard as cannonballs” to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement.

In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights. But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy. These difficulties are the product not of necessity, but of intelligent choice. And, today, as decades ago, the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J. Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the book’s writing and publication.

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