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"The End of Economic Man is . . . [a] challenging and penetrating analytical study of the totalitarian state. Mr. Drucker has succeeded in injecting in the much overworked and often tedious discussion of fascism remarkable vigor and freshness, and his brilliantly written book is certain to be read with sustained interest."

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"[The author] not only has a mind of his own, but has the gift of starting other minds along a stimulating line of thought."

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About the Author

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is known by many as the father of modern management. He was Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The Ecological Vision, The Concept of the Corporation, and A Functioning Society.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560006218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560006213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. D. S. Stadler on April 30, 2002
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I've been a fan of Druckers for many years but did not get around to reading his first book until very recently.
This is not the usual Drucker fare, though fellow readers will recognize his reach and style. In this book Peter Drucker attempts nothing less than to explain what Totalitarianism (particularly Facism and Nazism) are about. And I think he largely succeeds.
But the subject is 60 years ago, so why buy it now? Because the book also explains much of what is going on today. The alienation many of us feel, the deadening effects of globalization on our economic and inner lives is echoed in this book. Why do Palestinians blow themselves up and Austrians and Frenchmen vote for Haider and Le Pen?
Because capitalism fails to satisfy identity and equality needs. Not just income equality but status equality. Many of Drucker's later books attempt to solve some of capitalism's legitimacy and equality deficiencies, but globalism has rolled back much of the progress which has been made.
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This book was published in 1939 by a person who was in Germany when Hitler took over. This is the fourth book I have read by Peter F. Drucker and is the most difficult to understand; but if you studied philosophy in college, you should like it. The causes of totalitarianism are complex, and he deals with them in great detail. He also compares and contrasts Fascism and Communism. (They are more similar than I had assumed.) Even though he does not discuss Islamic extremism, this book also gave me insight on what going on in that movement.
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The subtitle of this book is more revealing than the title.

The End of Economic Man – The Origins of Totalitarianism is a masterpiece. Peter Drucker in the Introduction to this edition: “It was begun in 1933, a few weeks after Hitler had come to power. … it was finished between April 1937, when I first arrived in the United States from England, and the end of that year. It was the first book to try to explain the origins of totalitarianism – its subtitle.”

Is it advisable to read Drucker’s books in 2015? Is it advisable to read his first book published in 1939? With the knowledge of all his books and books about Peter Drucker my answer is yes!

In his preface to the 1969 edition Peter Drucker emphasizes:
“This book rather diagnosed Nazism – and Fascism – as a pervasive sickness of the European body politic. And instead of proclaiming Marxism as the coming savior, I asserted that the total failure of Marxism had been a main reason for the flight of Europe’s masses into the fervency of totalitarian despair. …The End of Economic Man was also, as far as I know, the first political book which treated Kierkegaard as a modern thinker relevant to modern politics. …And Marxism itself, which had thrown up a galaxy of thinkers and of political leaders before 1914, did not after World War I produce one single figure, even of the second rank. But while Marxism rapidly lost credence and creativity for the intellectual elite, it became popularized. …What Churchill gave was precisely what Europe needed: moral authority, belief in values, and faith in the rightness of rational action. … Yet The End of Economic Man may, of all my books, be the one most particularly relevant to young people today.
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The author compared 1960s activists to Stalin's brownshirts, something he witnessed personally, and the Baby Boomers have taken over academia to raise the social justice warriors to use the same tactics today.
The explanations of totalitarianism with disillusionment with the promises of a prior regime compared with the anti-everything of fascist movements, "just burn it all down and start over, what doesn't matter, because we're in charge so whatever we do is better" is spot on today with SJW's tactics.
A frighteningly prescient book, as well as an invaluable explanation of fascism as a sociological movement, while too many others assume it is only political. But the political movement cannot rise if the masses don't support it, or at least enough vicious ones to cow the others into silence.
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