On Tuesday last week, customers at Deb’s Books in Cullman, Ala. started coming in and calling with an odd request: They wanted copies of “The Road to Serfdom,” a book economist Friedrich Hayek wrote over 65 years ago.
Customers at Schuler Books and Music, in Grand Rapids, Mich. were also looking Hayek’s book. Same with the Book Shop in Green Valley, Ariz. On Amazon, it shot to number one where it remained for a week. The reason: Fox News television host Glenn Beck, whose recommendations have lately had an Oprah Winfrey-like effect on book sales, had just devoted a section of his show to the Road to Serfdom.
More from the article:
The Elkhart Public Library, in Elkhart, Ind., has just one copy of the Road to Serfdom and nine holds on it for people waiting in line to read it. It’s ordered another one and would have ordered two, except that recent cuts in the library’s funding mean that it can’t buy as many books in response to reader demand as it used to.
And a great quote from Don Boudreaux:
Don Boudreaux says he’s encourage by the renewed interest in Mr. Hayek. “There’s been very large growth in government and very large growth in the deficit – it’s alarming,” he says. “I don’t know if we’re on the road to serfdom but we may be on the road to Greece, which is scary enough.”