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Paul Hollander
Born(1932-10-03)October 3, 1932
DiedApril 9, 2019(2019-04-09) (aged 86)

Paul Hollander (/ˈhɒləndər/; 3 October 1932[1] – 9 April 2019)[2] was a Hungarian-born political sociologist, communist-studies scholar, and non-fiction author. He is known for his criticisms of communism and left-wing politics in general.[3]


Born in 1932 in Budapest, he lived in Hungary with his Jewish family. When the Nazis persecuted Jews throughout the city, he had to hide from them when he was 12. His family was deported to work, after the communists came to power.[4]

He fled to the West during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was bloodily put down by Soviet forces.[5] First he escaped Austria and then to England.[4]


Hollander earned a Ph.D in Sociology from Princeton University, 1963 and a B.A. from the London School of Economics, 1959. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Center Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.[6]

The anti-communist scholar[7] wrote many books and articles. He is best known for his works Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals In Search of the Good Society, published in 1981, and Anti-Americanism, published in 1992.[8]

He was a member of the national advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He also compared Donald Trump, now a former U.S. President and a 2024 presidential candidate, with other dictators such as Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong.[9]


External videos
video icon Booknotes interview with Hollander on Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad and Decline and Discontent, April 19, 1992, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Hollander on From the Gulag to the Killing Fields, June 28, 2006, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Hollander on From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez, September 13, 2017, C-SPAN
Books Authored
  • Hollander, Paul (1973). Soviet and American society : a comparison.
  • Political Pilgrims (1981)[10]
  • The Many Faces of Socialism (1983)
  • The Survival of the Adversary Culture (1988)
  • Decline and Discontent (1992)
  • Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad (1992)
  • Political Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism (1999)
  • Discontents: Postmodern and Postcommunist (2002)
  • The End of Commitment (2006)
  • The Only Super Power (2009)
  • Extravagant Expectations (2011)
  • From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chávez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship (2016)
Books Edited
  • American and Soviet Society (1969)
  • Understanding Anti-Americanism (2004)
  • From the Gulag to the Killing Fields (2006)
  • Political Violence: Belief, Behavior and Legitimation (2008)
  • Hollander, Paul (October 1995). "Digesting the collapse of communism : responses of Western intellectuals". Quadrant. 39 (10): 64–70.


  1. ^ Publications, Europa Europa (2008). International Who's who of Authors and Writers. ISBN 9781857434286.
  2. ^ "Paul Hollander Obituary (2019) Daily Hampshire Gazette". Legacy.com.
  3. ^ Jay Nordlinger, Hollander’s Clear Eye Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine, July 22, 2004, National Review Online.
  4. ^ a b Dalrymple, Theodore (16 April 2019). "The Beauty of Honesty". City Journal. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Paul Hollander, In Memoriam". Law & Liberty. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ His page at the Davis Center Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Blog, 22 April 2019 (22 April 2019). "Paul Hollander (1932-2019)". European Conservative. Retrieved 16 July 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Paul Hollander, 1932–2019". www.newcriterion.com. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  9. ^ Hollander, Paul (27 April 2016). "Donald Trump, Human Nature, and the Craving for Respect". The American Interest. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  10. ^ Cotte, Simon (24 July 2015). "Pilgrims to the Islamic State". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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