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Socialism 101 is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the historical and modern applications of socialism.

In today’s political climate, more and more presidential candidates are espousing socialist - or democratic socialist - policies. Once associated with oppression, socialism is now a current topic of conversation with everyday Americans, including policies like taxing the rich and healthcare for all. But what exactly is socialism and why does it spark such an intense debate? 

Socialism 101 provides an easy-to-understand, unbiased overview to the nearly 300-year-old origins of this mode of government, its complex history, basic constructs, modern-day interpretations, key figures in its development, and up-to-date concepts and policies in today’s world. As capitalism has become less appealing and socialism experiences a surge in popularity, the need for clarification of what it means has never been more necessary than now.

©2019 Kathleen Sears (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Ein
  • 05-03-2020

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This book made me realize that my socio-political beliefs until now weren’t purely democratic, but were actually very much along the lines of democratic socialism. I am a welder, and the only person to vote for a democratic presidential candidate in the shop. I’ve been asked time and time again why I voted the way I did, why I don’t approve of trump, and if/why I’m going to voted for Bernie Sanders. I felt I needed some sharper teeth in the conversation, ones that weren’t rooted in the weak gums and mandibles of social media, but rather the strong jaws of irrefutable history and fact. So I listened to this book. It was exactly what I needed. The information is straight-forward, unbiased, and very well written. It is simply a history of socialism from its beginnings to the present, it’s pros and cons, its successes and it’s greatest failures. I plan to listen to Socialism 101 a few more times to pick up on anything I may have missed, as I’m usually listening while I’m working, and my attention may sway toward the bead of molten metal I’m manipulating...for obvious reasons.

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  • J.B.
  • 09-06-2020

more about history than theory

this book gives you very brief overviews of political occurrences in socialist history, but very little in actual theory.

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  • Oscar
  • 06-10-2019

Very informative and non-biased

The explanations are very clear and I love how they give examples of each implementation!

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  • Carole G
  • 06-10-2020

Brisk, but good, overview of socialist history

This was not exactly what I’d anticipated, but I ended up appreciating this book very much. It’s a bit like listening to someone reading a encyclopedia volume on the history of socialism, so was a bit off putting at first. I stuck with it and am glad I did—learned basic facts, names, places, dates about socialist movements around the world. Many books focus on Russia/Soviet Union or on Germany, but this book is more global in its perspective and I appreciated that. Pace is brisk and sections are often brief. Good outline from which to do more research on your own.

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  • J. S. K.
  • 08-10-2019

Not a socialist, but an interesting listen.

Socialism is a horrible idea but this book presents their ideas fairly and respectively.

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  • Ash
  • 18-06-2020

Decent book

The narrator said ‘Birmingham’ wrong... Still reading and will report back once completed. It’s been good so far.

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