Paul Hollander

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Paul Hollander (born 1932 in 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.

He 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.


  • Soviet and American Society: A Comparison (1973)
  • 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)


  • American and Soviet Society (1969)
  • Understanding Anti-Americanism (2004)
  • From the Gulag to the Killing Fields (2006)
  • Political Violence: Belief, Behavior and Legitimation (2008)


  1. Jay Nordlinger, Hollander’s Clear Eye, July 22, 2004, National Review Online.
  2. His page at the Davis Center
  3. Cotte, Simon (24 July 2015). "Pilgrims to the Islamic State". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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