Paul Hollander

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Paul Hollander (/ˈhɒləndər/; born 1932, Budapest, Hungary) is an American political sociologist, communist-studies scholar, and non-fiction author. He is known for his criticisms of communism and left-wing politics in general.[1] Born in 1932 in Hungary, he fled to the West after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was bloodily put down by Soviet forces.


Hollander earned a Ph.D in Sociology from Princeton University, 1963 and a B.A. from the London School of Economics, 1959. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Center Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.[2] He is a member of the advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.



  • Hollander, Paul (1973). Soviet and American society : a comparison.
  • Political Pilgrims (1981)[3]
  • 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 Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship (2016)


  • 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 (Oct 1995). "Digesting the collapse of communism : responses of Western intellectuals". Quadrant. 39 (10): 64–70.


  1. ^ Jay Nordlinger, Hollander’s Clear Eye Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine., July 22, 2004, National Review Online.
  2. ^ His page at the Davis Center Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Cotte, Simon (24 July 2015). "Pilgrims to the Islamic State". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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