The Road to Serfdom
The Road to Serfdom
Text and Documents
University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226320557, 283pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2007
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 thisedition 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 "TheCollected Works of F. A. Hayek." The volume includes a foreword byseries editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins and publishinghistory and assessing common misinterpretations ofHayek's thought. Caldwell has also standardized and correctedHayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes. Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscriptto 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 ofHayek's enduring masterwork.
Bruce Caldwell is research professor of economics and the director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University.Since 2002, he has also served as the general editor of the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek""series.
"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
-John Maynard Keynes
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