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Best Books on Socialism

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The Gulag Archipelago Abridged book cover
The Gulag Archipelago Abridged
An Experiment in Literary Investigation (P.S.)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - 2007-08-07 (first published in 1973)
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“BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE 20TH CENTURY” —Time“It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.” —David Remnick, The New YorkerThe Nobel Prize winner’s towering masterpiece of world literature, the searing record of four decades of terror and oppression, in one abrid...
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Jordan Peterson
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Seeing Like a State
How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Veritas Paperbacks)
James C. Scott - 2020-03-17 (first published in 1998)
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"One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades." —John Gray, New York Times Book ReviewHailed as "a magisterial critique of top-down social planning" by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastr...
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The Road to Serfdom
F. A. Hayek - 2007-03-30 (first published in 1944)
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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 1944when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and ba...
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Margaret Thatcher
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George Orwell - 2017-04-04 (first published in 1949)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
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The Case Against Socialism
Rand Paul - 2019-10-15
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A recent poll showed 43% of Americans think more socialism would be a good thing. What do these people not know? Socialism has killed millions, but its now the ideology du jour on American college campuses and among many leftists. Reintroduced by leaders such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ideology manifests itself in starry-ey...
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Donald TrumpLou Dobbs
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Red Plenty
Francis Spufford - 2012-02-14 (first published in 2007)
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Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous. --The Times (London)Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called the planned economy, which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism cou...
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Sriram Krishnan
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The Harvest of Sorrow
Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine
Robert Conquest - 1987-11-12 (first published in 1986)
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The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century. Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry: dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership...
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Alexander Stubb
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An Economic and Sociological Analysis
Ludwig von Mises - 1988-03-22 (first published in 1922)
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This book must rank as the most devastating analysis of socialism yet penned. . . . An economic classic in our time.—Henry HazlittMore than thirty years ago F. A. Hayek said of Socialism: "It was a work on political economy in the tradition of the great moral philosophers, a Montesquieu or Adam Smith, containing both acute knowledge and profound wi...
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Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth
Ludwig von Mises - 2014-11-05 (first published in 1920)
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This is the essay that overthrew the socialist paradigm in economics, and provided the foundation for modern Austrian price theory. When it first appeared in 1920, Mises was alone in challenging the socialists to explain how their pricing system would actually work in practice.Mises proved that socialism could not work because it could not distingu...
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Darkness at Noon
Arthur Koestler - 2006-10-17 (first published in 1940)
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Darkness at Noon (from the German: Sonnenfinsternis) is a novel by the Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940. His best-known work tells the tale of Rubashov, a Bolshevik 1917 revolutionary who is cast out, imprisoned and tried for treason by the Soviet government he'd helped create.Darkness at Noon stands as an un...
Socialism Sucks by Robert Lawson
The Great Terror by Robert Conquest
Great Wars and Great Leaders by Ralph Raico
Socialism by Kristian Niemietz
Nomenklatura by Michael Voslensky
Pictures of a Socialistic Future by Eugen Richter
The Cultural Revolution by Frank Dikötter
Requiem for Marx by Yuri N. Maltsev
The Opium of the Intellectuals by Raymond Aron
Rivalry and Central Planning by Don Lavoie
The Illusion of the Epoch by H. B. Acton
Collectivist Economic Planning by F. A. Hayek
Resurrecting Marx by David Gordon
The Moral Collapse of Communism by John Clark
The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism by Peter J. Boettke
The Mystery of Fascism by David Ramsay Steele
The End of Socialism by James Otteson
Economic Calculation in the Socialist Society by Trygve J. B. Hoff
Time Will Run Back by Henry Hazlitt
Reflections on the Failure of Socialism by Max Eastman
Calculation and Coordination by Peter J Boettke
The Poverty of Historicism by Karl Popper
Naked Earth by Eileen Chang
Political Parties by Robert Michels
Socratic Puzzles by Robert Nozick
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
A Tale of Two Economies by Neil Monnery
Socialism by Michael Harrington
Political Economy and Freedom by G. Warren Nutter
The Political Economy of Stalinism by Paul R. Gregory