On Amazon, the top-selling books about capitalism, socialism

Ideological differences are front-and-center ahead of the 2020 presidential election, with some Democratic candidates, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., eschewing capitalism in favor of Democratic socialism.

Sanders brought Democratic socialism to the forefront as a presidential candidate in 2016; since then, it’s become a budding and potent political force.

In fact, according to a Gallup poll from 2018, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do capitalism. Only 47 percent of Democrats were positive about capitalism, compared to 57 percent with a positive view of socialism. (Republicans remain more positive about capitalism than socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010).

Here’s a look at the five best-selling books on capitalism -- and socialism -- on Amazon.


1. Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder

2. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff

3. People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph E Stiglitz

4. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt

5. Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell


1. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

2. The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality by Bhaskar Sunkara

3. Socialism Is Evil: The Moral Case Against Marx's Radical Dream by Justin Haskins

4. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

5. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff