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The Captive Mind Paperback – International Edition, August 11, 1990
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A central text in the modern effort to understand totalitarianism. --The New York Times Book Review
"As timely today as when it was written."--Jerzy Kosinski
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Many intellectuals believe that their interests are best served by socialism or communism. Milosz explains why they are frequently fooled into believing this, and why many of the very components of socialism and communism that intellectuals most covet--freedom from vulgar market forces and important roles in the administration of society--are the very forces that strip them of their liberty. He illustrates this process with four character examples.
Though written in the throes of the Cold War, this work could not be more timely. And though it is written as an attack on Communism (with a big "C") and is rife with often knee-jerk anti-Russian rhetoric, it's arguements can be easily applied to all forms of totalitarianism, both left and right. Mostly, Milosz is attempting to defend the chaotic human condition from idealogical molding and, considering contemporary encroachments of politics, government, and religion into the lives of human beings, this book is as valid and important today as it was in 1953. Not to be missed.
The Captive Mind sheds a little bit of light into these darkest corners of the human psyche. It describes the path that leads righeous people on the road to immorality, written by a man who, along with his friends and comerads, traveled that road but took another path before he came to his final destination.
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They say 'those not students of history are doomed to reapeat it'. In our current national and states rights climate this is a must now read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Gerald Ashby
How to say amazing so everyone understands it? A fiction? A non-fiction? Considering the topic and world he's working with, the non-fiction is fiction. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jimsecor
“All over the world people are now sleeping in their beds, or perhaps they are engaged in some idiotic pastime; and one might easily believe that each in his own way is doing his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JD
This is not an easy read but a powerful read. Haveing worked in the former CIS states knowing how the leaders who grew up under this system is very important if you wish to work... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. William
Milosz captures us with poetic descriptions of a land loved and lost to Soviet and Nazi occupation. He then moves us with thorough and constructive arguments which strike deeply... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wish I could put this in the hands of every American and Russian. Milosz wrote this during the end of the World War as the Soviet Union spread it's authoritarian version of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by xenophon mercadier
I was born in the early 90's, and never really understood the Cold War until I read this book. While it is almost certain that the author brings in his own personal discontent with... Read morePublished on December 28, 2014 by Kyle Willey