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Socialism (2005) is a whirlwind tour of the phrase after which the book is called. Socialism has played an essential part in human history during the last 200 years, but its basic objective of building an equitable society has been largely lost in recent decades. This book provides a comprehensive history of socialism. It is also an investigation of how the term has been used in various contexts and a hint to how we could use it in the future.

Michael Newman is an Emeritus Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University, where he also held a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Studies. He is presently a professor at New York University in London. Newman has written extensively about socialism, Europe, peace, and violence.

• Those who are fed up with their country's uncertain economic situation
• Students of politics, economics, or history
• Whoever wishes to learn more about an often misunderstood phrase