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Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Socialism courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies (2019)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionSocialism is strangely impervious to refutation by real-world experience.Over the past hundred years, there have been more than two dozen attempts to build a socialist society, from the Soviet Union to Maoist China to Venezuela. All of them have ended in varying degrees of failure.But, according to socialism’s adherents, that is only because none of these experiments were “real socialism”.This book documents the history of this, by now, standard response.It shows how the claim of fake socialism is only ever made after the event. As long as a socialist project is in its prime, almost nobody…
Author(s): Kristian Niemietz

2. Why Socialism Works (2017)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis is a comprehensive book on how and why socialism will work, despite your friends saying it has and always will be a failure.Please note this book only contains two words and is entirely satire. #62,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #36 in Political Ideologies #325 in Political Conservatism & Liberalism #114 in Communism & Socialism (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Harrison Lievesley

3. Socialism: Past and Future (2011)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionOn learning his cancer was inoperable, renowned intellectual Michael Harrington simply asked the doctors to keep him alive long enough “to complete a summary statement of the themes I had thought of throughout an activist life.” And they did. Socialism: Past and Future is prominent thinker Michael Harrington’s final contribution: a thoughtful, intelligent, and compassionate treatise on the role of socialism both past and present in modern society. He is convincing in his application of classic socialist theory to current economic situations and modern political systems, and he examines the validity of the idea of…
Author(s): Michael Harrington

4. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Third Edition (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this definitive third and final edition (1950) of his masterwork, Joseph A. Schumpeter introduced the world to the concept of “creative destruction,” which forever altered how global economics is approached and perceived. Now featuring a new introduction by Schumpeter biographer Thomas K. McCraw, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy is essential read­ing for anyone who seeks to understand where the world economy is headed. #65,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #112 in Democracy (Books) #64 in Free Enterprise (Books) #97 in International Economics (Books) Would you like to ?If…
Author(s): Joseph A. Schumpeter

5. Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (1981)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis 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 “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 wisdom. . . . To none of us young men who read the book when it appeared was the world ever the same again.”This is a newly annotated edition of the classic first published in German in 1922. It is the definitive…
Author(s): Ludwig von Mises, J. Kahane

6. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (2015)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionSocialism, Utopian and Scientific is a political science classic that needs no preface. It ranks with the Communist Manifesto as one of the indispensable books for any one desiring to understand the modern socialist movement. It has been translated into every language where capitalism prevails, and its circulation is more rapid than ever before. The book explains the differences between utopian socialism and scientific socialism, which Marxism considers itself to embody. The book explains that whereas utopian socialism is idealist, reflects the personal opinions of the authors and claims that society can be adapted based…
Author(s): Frederick Engels, Edward Aveling

7. Socialism: A Very Short Introduction (2005)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionToday, most people think of socialism as an outdated ideology. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Newman seeks to place the idea of socialism in a modern context for today’s readers. He explains socialist ideas in the framework of its historical evolution, from the French Revolution to the present day, and examines practical attempts to implement socialism.Not just another history of socialist ideas, this book aims for a different approach that looks at practice as well as theory–centering on the contrast between Communism and Social Democracy. The relationship between socialism and notions of…
Author(s): Michael Newman

8. Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism (2019)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionSocialism was man’s most ambitious attempt to supplant religion with a doctrine claiming to ground itself in “science.” Each failure to create societies of abundance or give birth to “the New Man” inspired more searching for the path to the promised land: revolution, communes, social democracy, communism, fascism, Arab socialism, African socialism. None worked, and some exacted a staggering human toll. Then, after two centuries of wishful thinking and bitter disappointment, socialism imploded in a fin de siècle drama of falling walls and collapsing regimes. It…
Author(s): Joshua Muravchik

9. Socialism Is Evil: The Moral Case Against Marx’s Radical Dream (2018)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe greatest threat facing the United States today doesn’t come from China, Iran, or even Russia; it’s the growing number of Americans who believe Karl Marx’s socialism provides the best strategy for making our communities safer, healthier, and more prosperous. But the most significant danger posed by socialism isn’t that its implementation would lead to greater poverty and fewer property rights, it’s that socialism would create numerous moral problems, including the limits it would place on individual liberty and religious freedom. In Socialism Is Evil: The Moral Case Against Marx’s Radical Dream,…
Author(s): Justin Haskins

10. Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis [New Edition, Enlarged with an Epilogue] (2012)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate Collection2012 Reprint of 1962 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This masterwork is much more than a refutation of the economics of socialism (although on that front, nothing else compares). It is also a critique of the entire intellectual apparatus that accompanies the socialist idea, including the implicit religious doctrines behind Western socialist thinking, a cultural critique of socialist teaching on sex and marriage, a refutation of syndicalism and corporatism, an examination of the implications of radical…
Author(s): Von Mises, Ludwig

11. The Nazi Revolution: Hitler’s Dictatorship and the German Nation (Problems in European Civilization) (1997)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis successful anthology explores the Nazi movement in the context of German history and society. #1,475,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5025 in Anthropology (Books) #5709 in German History (Books) #4274 in General Anthropology Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Allan Mitchell

12. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides) (2011)

 Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate CollectionStalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba…it’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology. In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public…
Author(s): Kevin D Williamson

Best Socialism Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some socialism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World

Author(s): Robert Lawson, Benjamin Powell
ID: 2393829, Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Year: 30 July 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub

Eduard Bernstein on Socialism Past and Present: Essays and Lectures on Ideology

Author(s): Marius S. Ostrowski
ID: 2873784, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Socialism—The Tragedy Of An Idea: Possible? Inevitable? Desirable?

Author(s): Lajos Bokros
ID: 2900259, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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