The Road to Serfdom

  • by Friedrich A. Hayek
  • Narrated by William Hughes
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".
Hayek shows that the idea that "under a dictatorial government you can be free inside," is nothing less than a grievous fallacy. Such dictatorial governments prevent individual freedoms, and they often use psychological measures to perform "an alteration of the character of the people". Gradually, the people yield their individuality to the point where they become part of the collectivist mass.


What the Critics Say

“This book was like a Mike Tyson (in his prime) right hook to socialism in Western Europe and in the United States. But its influence didn’t stop there. It has inspired political and economic leaders for decades since—most famously Ronald Reagan. Reagan often praised Hayek when he talked about people waking up to the dangers of big government.” (Glenn Beck)
“Shatters the myth that the totalitarianisms 'of the Left' and 'of the Right' stem from differing impulses.” (National Review, 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century)
“This book has become a true classic: essential reading for everyone who is seriously interested in politics in the broadest and least partisan sense.” (Milton Friedman)


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After listening to the entire book, I wonder why this work would not be mandatory reading in either high school or college. Hayek teaches us so much about why socialism fails. The work is timeless as it is as relevant now as it was when he wrote it in the 1940s. Hayek is very matter of fact and his thoughts are presented much differently than the typical political author today who tends to demonize and minimize their political opponents.

William Hughes does a great job narrating using emotion where appropriate, at times I feel like I might be listening to Hayek himself.

This is a must read regardless of your political beliefs.
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- Scott


My son and I have decided that this is now our absolutely favorite book ever - replacing what had held as our previous favorite for almost 20 years. It is just that good. We enjoy about 40 books a year together- mostly nonfiction. We got this book after listening to several other books recently which referenced it and after hearing that it was a pivitol work in forming the thinking of both Reagan and Thatcher. The author can say in one sentence things that took me many minutes to share with my husband. Every sentence is a gem.
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- Lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.