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Understanding Socialism

By: Richard D. Wolff
Narrated by: Rick Adamson
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A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and challenges of various socialist experiments throughout history, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy. This audio edition also incudes Richard D. Wolff's bestselling essay Understanding Marxism, which asks the question "Why should we pay attention to the great social critics like Marx?"  

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Very Enlightening

Fantastic book! Good narration. Just over 5 hours, but they give you a lot here. He tells the facts, and myths on Socialism. The history. The good, and the bad. Also, the last hour is Understanding Marxism, which was just as good, and info packed. Pick this up.

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Excellent intro to Socialism

Excellent intro into the historical evolution of socialism and Marxism. Good explanation of workplace democracy.

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Surface level

I respect Wolff a lot was interested to read him. But this is intro level. Good for someone brand new to Marxism. Not all that insightful for someone more knowledgeable. But high quality audio.

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A great introduction

Professor Wolff does a great job explaining the basics of Marx and socialism, the history of the moment, and it’s relevance today. For those with only a surface level understanding (or misunderstanding) of the subject this is a good, cogent introduction without having to dive into an overly academic tome.

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Dr Wolff writes plainly and untangles the lies.

This was an easy listen, and enjoyable too. Most of which I had learned from Democracy at Work. Pity not more politicians have the time nor the desire to entertain any of the counter narratives to the "Capitalism is the best thing since sliced bread" glib nonsense the mainstream media only knows.

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A Good Starting Place

A bit short, but a great 1st introduction ti the concepts and history of Socialism.

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Superb Audiobook

Too often, I find proponents of capitalism straw manning socialism. Even for the staunchest anarcho-capitalist, this book fascinatingly reveals what socialism is- and why it makes sense.