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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061956937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061956935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Hannan...spells out the dangers, brilliantly summarizes the state of play, and showsexactly why the American Constitution both deserves and needs protection from the newruling class. (American Spectator)

“Conservatives, libertarians, independents, progressives and just about anyone canfind something to like in The New Road to Serfdom.” (Huntington News)

Cleverly written, witty, and worldly...a must read for anyone in the Tea Party movement or with an interest in American politics. (Blogcritics Books)

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A prominent British conservative warns Americans to stop President Obama from leading their country down the path to European-style socialism.

In March 2009, British conservative Daniel Hannan became a celebrity overnight when he assailed prime minister Gordon Brown on the floor of the European Parliament. The YouTube clip went viral, leading to whirlwind appearances on FOX News and other conservative media outlets. A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for conservative ideas, Hannan is better versed in America's traditions and founding documents than many Americans are. In The New Road to Serfdom, Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not allow Barack Obama to take them down the road to European Union–style social democracy. He pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that have made their country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world.


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Daniel Hannan is a writer and blogger, and he has been a member of the European Parliament representing South East England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He graduated with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, and worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. His previous book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, was a New York Times bestseller. He blogs at www.hannan.co.uk.

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Daniel Hannan's book was published when I was about half way through F. A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom."
Vince Dandini
Daniel Hannan, whose blog for the British Daily Telegraph is always refreshing, has written an immensely persuasive book.
Charles Platt
I have just finished reading this book and highly recommend it as essential reading for all concerned Americans.
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253 of 266 people found the following review helpful By Daryl L. Caudill on October 4, 2010
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Wow!

Daniel Hannan understands American politics better than our own politicians! Full of awesome facts. I love how he compares the American system to the UK Parliament. I'm shocked to learn brit's no longer able to vote for judges, sheriffs, school officials, etc. All appointed now, impossible to remove. A real eye opener. He cites hundreds of examples of failed socialist policies.

He makes many arguments by example why we do NOT want to turn into a European style government. He brutally and candidly points out the failings of the brit's system, and then shows how Obama and the socialist progressives are going right down the same dismal path. He's clear and to the point, reminds me of Gov. Chris Christie. A bold fresh view from across the pond.

I was surprised to hear the average brit has disdain for the American Christian Right. Liberals over there have been attacking conservatives and christians for much longer than in the states. They have taken entitlements to beyond extreme, destroying their country. Daniel will catch holy hell by his fellow brits for this book!

I'm taking this book to work tomorrow, to find somebody else that wants to read it. This is one of the best books I've read in years, and I read them all. I put this one up there with "The Great One's" Mark Levin "Liberty and Tyranny", another book I read in one sitting.

Brilliantly written. Flows excellent. The whole book is well thought out, continuously building one point upon the next. An easy read. Inspiring. I'm still smiling. I might read this again!
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428 of 455 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Charles Dusenbury on September 28, 2010
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Like the Ghost of Christmas yet to come, Daniel Hannan comes to interrupt the American Dream. He spreads before us an image of what promise we had and enjoyed or what we may yet become if we are not vigilant and adopt the very ways of the world that progressives would have us follow. As he himself states, "I have been a Member of the European Parliament for eleven years. I am living in your future. Let me tell you a few things about it."

Hannan observes that the world is in danger of losing America as a shinning goal towards which to aspire because "the characteristics that once set America apart are being eliminated. The United States is becoming just another country."

The use of the word "Serfdom", as part of the title is quite telling. It is a word not common to the American lexicon, yet reveals the psyche of the European perspective from which Hannan's observations are made. "The New Road to Serfdom", as with F.A. Hayek's 1944 book "Road to Serfdom" is a timely warning to America of how the embracing of socialism and communism threatens to pull democracy and freedom back into a condition of serf and master.

The author would repair the crack in the Bell of Liberty and ring out "...that America stands for something. Your country actualizes an ideal" and should we shirk from the very ideals upon which our nation was founded, "all of us will be left the poorer."

Daniel Hannan clearly shows that while the Road to Serfdom is paved with liberal good intentions, it leads into a blind alley where prosperity is mugged and freedom is lost.
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163 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Janis D. Miller on October 4, 2010
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I started the Kindle sample and was compelled to purchase the entire book when the sample ended. One would not expect a book of such a topic to be a page turner but I did not want to put this down. If you want to understand how socialism has failed Europe and where we are going if we continue on this path then read this book. One thing Hannon said of the EU leadership, "Public opinion is treated as an obstacle to overcome, not a reason to change direction'. This is precisely how Obama, Pelosi and Reid view the opinion of the American majority.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By CAS on October 5, 2010
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The New Road to Serfdom is an important 'must-read' for anyone concerned about where our great country is going under this administration. I would highly recommend Mr. Hannan's illuminating book. There is nothing so precious as the liberty that America has afforded us thus far. Educate yourself so you can make informed decisions, and do all you can to safeguard what must never be taken for granted.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charles Platt on October 5, 2010
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Daniel Hannan, whose blog for the British Daily Telegraph is always refreshing, has written an immensely persuasive book. Taking advantage of his unique perspective as a member of the European Parliament, he demonstrates that the distribution of power, as opposed to the centralization of power, offers huge economic advantages in additional to personal freedoms. This is an immensely refreshing perspective, well substantiated by factual material. Hannan argues persuasively that instead of remodeling itself on a quasi-European model, the United States would do better to go back to its constitutional roots.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By applewood on November 5, 2010
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Trust an outsider's appreciative view to help illuminate our distinctive qualities... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and give it only 4 stars because it is a bit light on substance - being meant instead as a primer and/or encouragement to revalue our core values. For what it delivers, it is excellent.

The New Road to Serfdom is as much about Europe (The EU in particular and the current state of British politics generally), as the US. Contrasting the two Mr. Hannan clearly makes his point of warning where the US may be heading. Along the way, I gained a new appreciation about the US, and being an American. It is simply refreshing to see through the eyes of an intelligent and sympathetic Englishman some clear, simple and basic American characteristics, like what it means to be an American (optimism, generosity and love of Freedom and Liberty), and (more importantly in today's culture) "un-American", as well as the remarkable and unique history and form of American democracy (which many of us probably take for granted).

Overall the book is light on philosophy, apparently following the K.I.S.S. principle (leaving it up to us to read the Hayek original or other related works by other scholars like Rothbard or Sowell - see especially the short and easy to understand The Quest for Cosmic Justice, where Sowell expands on Hayek's criticism of the ideal of 'social justice', the "vision of the anointed", which fits Hannan's description of the modern Euroenthusiast to the tee.).
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