Animal Farm, published in 1946 by George Orwell, whose socialist sympathies are well known, is an allegorical story written as a condemnation of the corrupt Soviet Communist system. Orwell apparently believed that socialism/communism, at its core, was an inspired system of government; however, he believed that the Soviet Communists had corrupted and perverted it. In spite of Orwell’s distorted political beliefs, Animal Farm works as a chilling indictment of the corrupting influence of absolute power, socialist programs, and the (almost) inevitable corruption of the human spirit inherent in a socialist state. The thoughtful reader will no doubt see disturbing parallels between our current U.S. welfare system and entitlement state, effectively ‘socialism lite’, and the events illustrated in Animal Farm. This is a short but powerful novel, written by an avowed socialist, but graphically illuminating the evils of the same, which should be on everyone’s reading list.