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Politics Description:

What is the relationship of the individual to the state What is the ideal state and how can it bring about the most desirable life for its citizens What sort of education should it provide What is the purpose of amassing wealth These are some of the questions Aristotle attempts to answer in one of the most intellectually stimulating works br Both heavily influenced by and critical of Plato s i Republic and Laws i i Politics i represents the distillation of a lifetime of thought and observation Encyclopaedic knowledge has never before or since gone hand in hand with a logic so masculine or with speculation so profound says H W C Davis in his introduction Students teachers and scholars will welcome this inexpensive new edition of the Benjamin Jowett translation as will all readers interested in Greek thought political theory and depictions of the ideal state

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Description:

The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books Do we need another Lincoln biography In i Team of Rivals i esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do Though she can t help but cover some familiar territory her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln s leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln s political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in William H Seward Salmon P Chase and Edward Bates These men all accomplished nationally known and presidential originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience and were shocked and humiliated at losing to this relatively obscure Illinois lawyer Yet Lincoln not only convinced them to join his administration Seward as secretary of state Chase as secretary of the treasury and Bates as attorney general he ultimately gained their admiration and respect as well How he soothed egos turned rivals into allies and dealt with many challenges to his leadership all for the sake of the greater good is largely what Goodwin s fine book is about Had he not possessed the wisdom and confidence to select and work with the best people she argues he could not have led the nation through one of its darkest periods br br Ten years in the making this engaging work reveals why Lincoln s road to success was longer more tortuous and far less likely than the other men and why when opportunity beckoned Lincoln was the best prepared to answer the call This multiple biography further provides valuable background and insights into the contributions and talents of Seward Chase and Bates Lincoln may have been the indispensable ingredient of the Civil War but these three men were invaluable to Lincoln and they played key roles in keeping the nation intact i Shawn Carkonen i br br i Team of Rivals i doesn t just tell the story of Abraham Lincoln It is a multiple biography of the entire team of personal and political competitors that he put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis Here Doris Kearns Goodwin profiles five of the key players in her book four of whom contended for the Republican presidential nomination and all of whom later worked together in Lincoln s cabinet br br strong Edwin M Stanton strong br Stanton treated Lincoln with utter contempt at their initial acquaintance when the two men were involved in a celebrated law case in the summer of Unimaginable as it might seem after Stanton s demeaning behavior Lincoln offered him the most powerful civilian post within his gift the post of secretary of war at their next encounter six years later On his first day in office as Simon Cameron s replacement the energetic hardworking Stanton instituted an entirely new regime in the War Department After nearly a year of disappointment with Cameron Lincoln had found in Stanton the leader the War Department desperately needed Lincoln s choice of Stanton revealed his singular ability to transcend personal vendetta humiliation or bitterness As for Stanton despite his initial contempt for the man he once described as a long armed Ape he not only accepted the offer but came to respect and love Lincoln more than any person outside of his immediate family He was beside himself with grief for weeks after the president s death br br strong Salmon P Chase strong br Chase an Ohioan had been both senator and governor had played a central role in the formation of the national Republican Party and had shown an unflagging commitment to the cause of the black man No individual felt he i deserved i the presidency as a natural result of his past contributions more than Chase himself but he refused to engage in the practical methods by which nominations are won He had virtually no campaign and he failed to conciliate his many enemies in Ohio itself As a result he alone among the candidates came to the convention without the united support of his own state Chase never ceased to underestimate Lincoln nor to resent the fact that he had lost the presidency to a man he considered his inferior His frustration with his position as secretary of the treasury was alleviated only by his his dogged hope that he rather than Lincoln would be the Republican nominee in and he steadfastly worked to that end The president put up with Chase s machinations and haughty yet fundamentally insecure nature because he recognized his superlative accomplishments at treasury Eventually however Chase threatened to split the Republican Party by continuing to fill key positions with partisans who supported his presidential hopes When Lincoln stepped in Chase tendered his resignation as he had three times before but this time Lincoln stunned Chase by calling his bluff and accepting the offer br br strong Abraham Lincoln strong br When Lincoln won the Republican presidential nomination in he seemed to have come from nowhere a backwoods lawyer who had served one undistinguished term in the House of Representatives and lost two consecutive contests for the U S Senate Contemporaries attributed his surprising nomination to chance to his moderate position on slavery and to the fact that he hailed from the battleground state of Illinois But Lincoln s triumph particularly when viewed against the efforts of his rivals owed much to a remarkable unsuspected political acuity and an emotional strength forged in the crucible of hardship and defeat That Lincoln after winning the presidency made the unprecedented decision to incorporate his eminent rivals into his political family the cabinet was evidence of an uncanny self confidence and an indication of what would prove to others a most unexpected greatness br br strong William H Seward strong br A celebrated senator from New York for more than a decade and governor of his state for two terms before going to Washington Seward was certain he was going to receive his party s nomination for president in The weekend before the convention in Chicago opened he had already composed a first draft of the valedictory speech he expected to make to the Senate assuming that he would resign his position as soon as the decision in Chicago was made His mortification at not having received the nomination never fully abated and when he was offered his cabinet post as secretary of state he intended to have a major role in choosing the remaining cabinet members conferring upon himself a position in the new government more commanding than that of Lincoln himself He quickly realized the futility of his plan to relegate the president to a figurehead role Though the feisty New Yorker would continue to debate numerous issues with Lincoln in the years ahead exactly as Lincoln had hoped and needed him to do Seward would become his closest friend advisor and ally in the administration More than any other cabinet member Seward appreciated Lincoln s peerless skill in balancing factions both within his administration and in the country at large br br strong Edward Bates strong br A widely respected elder statesman a delegate to the convention that framed the Missouri Constitution and a former Missouri congressman whose opinions on national matters were still widely sought Bates s ambitions for political success were gradually displaced by love for his wife and large family and he withdrew from public life in the late s For the next years he was asked repeatedly to run or once again accept high government posts but he consistently declined However in early with letters and newspaper editorials advocating his candidacy crowding in upon him he decided to try for the highest office in the land After losing to Lincoln he vowed in his diary to decline a cabinet position if one were to be offered but with the country in trouble and danger he felt it was his duty to accept when Lincoln asked him to be attorney general Though Bates initially viewed Lincoln as a well meaning but incompetent administrator he eventually concluded that the president was an unmatched leader very near being a perfect man

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics Description:

Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open hearted and welcoming vision of gender sexuality and society in this inspiring and accessible volume In engaging and provocative style bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience Hers is a vision of a beloved community that appeals to all those committed to equality mutual respect and justice hooks applies her critical analysis to the most contentious and challenging issues facing feminists today including reproductive rights violence race class and work With her customary insight and unsparing honesty hooks calls for a feminism free from barriers but rich with rigorous debate In language both eye opening and optimistic hooks encourages us to demand alternatives to patriarchal racist and homophobic culture and to imagine a different future

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Description:

i Librarian s note There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book a href https www goodreads com book show here title here rel nofollow here a and a href https www goodreads com book show here title here rel nofollow here a i br br In this pathbreaking work now with a new introduction Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky show that contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous obstinate and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice in their actual practice they defend the economic social and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society the state and the global order br br Based on a series of case studies including the media s dichotomous treatment of worthy versus unworthy victims legitimizing and meaningless Third World elections and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U S wars against Indochina Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media s behavior and performance Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies and it discusses several other applications These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of the media s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization World Bank and International Monetary Fund in and and the media s treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U S mass media are how they systematically fail to live up to their self image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world and how we can understand their function in a radically new way

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic Description:

div By the time Rock Hudson s death in alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic the disease had spread across the nation killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the th century America faced a troubling question What happened How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously In answering these questions Shilts weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical political and media establishments br br Shilts shows that the epidemic spread wildly because the federal government put budget ahead of the nation s welfare health authorities placed political expediency before the public health and scientists were often more concerned with international prestige than saving lives Against this backdrop Shilts tells the heroic stories of individuals in science and politics public health and the gay community who struggled to alert the nation to the enormity of the danger it faced i And the Band Played On i is both a tribute to these heroic people and a stinging indictment of the institutions that failed the nation so badly br div

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion Description:

This well researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the presidential campaign and election br br As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible challenged conventional thinking about morality politics and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings He shows why liberals conservatives and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns In this subtle yet accessible book Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts If you re ready to trade in anger for understanding read The Righteous Mind br br A groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics The book is timely explaining the American culture wars and refuting the New Atheists scholarly integrating insights from many fields and great fun to read like Haidt s last book i The Happiness Hypothesis i

Rating: 3.48 out of 5

Sexual Politics

Sexual Politics Description:

Identifying patriarchy as a socially conditioned belief system masquerading as nature the author demonstrates how its attitudes and systems penetrate literature philosophy psychology and politics Her work rocked the foundations of the literary canon by castigating time honored classics for their use of sex to degrade women

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

Sun Tzu: The Art of War (Deluxe Edition): The Ultimate Book of Ancient Chinese Military Strategy, Leadership and Politics

Sun Tzu: The Art of War (Deluxe Edition): The Ultimate Book of Ancient Chinese Military Strategy, Leadership and Politics Description:

The Art of War is the earliest known treatise on war and military strategy in the world It is a systematic guide to strategy and tactics for common men business leaders rulers and commanders It is regarded as one of the most influential philosophical works of Ancient China br br Sun Tzu s teachings are brief yet elegant simple yet philosophical and exceedingly pragmatic The book has recently been endlessly reinterpreted reinvented and imitated br br Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist Taoist philosopher and general in the th century BCE His insistence on the close relationship between political considerations and military policy greatly influenced many modern leaders and strategists including Henry Kissinger br br This deluxe edition covers The Art of War in three parts Part presents the best selling and most authentic translation of Sun Tzu so far the translation of Lionel Giles Part includes an extensive introduction to the book written by Giles which focuses among others on the historical context of Sun Tzu s text Sun Tzu s life and work contemporary scholarship on Sun Tzu and Sun Tzu s thoughts on war and violence Part includes summaries of all chapters of the book a brief history of ancient Chinese military before and after Sun Tzu review questions for learners a recommended bibliography of modern critical appreciations for further reading br br Like Machiavelli s The Prince and the Japanese Book of Five Rings Sun Tzu s The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China Samuel B Griffith author of The Battle for Guadalcanal and the editor and translator of Mao Tse tung On Guerilla War br br Japanese companies have regularly held study groups to seek insights from The Art of War that may be implemented as corporate strategy Ralph D Sawyer author of Sun Tzu The Art of War br br A worldwide management phenomenon Donald G Krause author of The Art of War for Executives br

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Machiavelli's The Prince: Bold-faced Principles on Tactics, Power, and Politics (Bold-Faced Wisdom)

Machiavelli's The Prince: Bold-faced Principles on Tactics, Power, and Politics (Bold-Faced Wisdom) Description:

Redactado por Nicol s Maquiavelo en cuando se hallaba en el ostracismo a causa del triunfante retorno al poder de los M dicis i El Pr ncipe i ha pasado a la historia del pensamiento por constituir el arranque de la reflexi n teo rica sobre los or genes del poder y la estructura del mismo En medio de las exhortaciones moralizadoras los encubrimientos ret ricos y las justificaciones ideol gicas la contraposici n entre la fortuna y la virtud capital en la obra es una de las articulaciones conceptuales mediante las que comienza la pol tica a abrirse paso como saber cient fico y como pr ctica sometida a pautas de regularidad

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories Description:

Once upon a time in the olden days heavy set middle aged men would congregate in their elitist clubs sit in over stuffed leather chairs smoke air choking cigars and pitch story ideas and plots to each other Problem was these stories many of which found their way into the general social consciousness reflected the way in which these men lived and saw their world that is the stories were sexist discriminatory unfair culturally biased and in general demeaning to witches animals goblins and fairies everywhere br br Finally after centuries of these abusive tales which have been handed down unknowingly from one male biased generation to the next James Finn Garner has taken it upon himself that s right yet another man to enlighten and liberate these classic bedtime stories and retell them in a way that is much more in keeping with the society in which we live today br br i Politically Correct Bedtime Stories i then is the fruit of Garner s labors We d like to think that future generations of fairy tale fans will see this as a worthy attempt to develop meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2)

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2) Description:

i No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex Minister Dugald McPhail term of office their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi it i J K Rowling br br Pottermore Presents is a collection of J K Rowling s writing short reads originally featured on pottermore com with some exclusive new additions These eBooks with writing curated by Pottermore will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J K Rowling reveals her inspiration intricate details of characters lives and surprises from the wizarding world br br These stories of power politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics Description:

A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics Primary Colors is a funny wise and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar real life figures When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state he watches in horror admiration and amazement as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not so above board campaign for the presidency br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy Description:

b The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern state b br br Writing in i The Wall Street Journal i David Gress called Francis Fukuyama s i Origins of Political Order i magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition In i The New York Times Book Review i Michael Lind described the book as a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time And in i The Washington Post i Gerard DeGrott exclaimed this is a book that will be remembered Bring on volume two br Volume two is finally here completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong impersonal and accountable political institutions Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics He examines the effects of corruption on governance and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America Africa and Asia and offers a clear eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West br A sweeping masterful account of the struggle to create a well functioning modern state i Political Order and Political Decay i is destined to be a classic

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

The Politics of Jesus

The Politics of Jesus Description:

Using the text of the New Testament this engaging study critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and clarifies the true impact of Jesus life work and teachings on his disciples social behavior This second edition is updated and expanded

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Theological-Political Treatise

Theological-Political Treatise Description:

Rational examination of the Old Testament to show that freedom of thought and speech is consistent with the religious life True religion consists in practice of simple piety independent of philosophical speculation

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment Description:

In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination African American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known In strong strong strong em Black Feminist Thought em strong strong strong Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African American women outside academe She provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis bell hooks Alice Walker and Audre Lorde The result is a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Politics and the English Language

Politics and the English Language Description:

Politics and the English Language is an essay by George Orwell that criticises the ugly and inaccurate written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language The essay focuses on political language which according to Orwell is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

The Republic (Texts in the History of Political Thought)

The Republic (Texts in the History of Political Thought) Description:

This is a completely new translation of one of the great works of Western political thought In addition to Tom Griffith s vivid dignified and accurate rendition of Plato s text this edition is suitable for students at all levels It contains an introduction that assesses the cultural background to the Republic its place within political philosophy and its general argument succinct notes in the text an analytical summary of content a full glossary of proper names a chronology of important events and a guide to further reading

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Description:

When i Trauma and Recovery i was first published in it was hailed as a groundbreaking work In the intervening years Herman s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims br br In a new afterword Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large i Trauma and Recovery i brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually Herman draws on her own cutting edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context br br Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries i Trauma and Recovery i is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

The Basic Political Writings

The Basic Political Writings Description:

The basic political writings of Rousseau including br br Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts br Discourse on the Origin of Inequality br Discourse on Political Economy br On the Social Contract br br The publication of these excellent translations is a happy occasion for teachers of courses in political philosophy and the history of political theory Raymon M Lemos i Teaching Philosophy i br br The single most comprehensive reliable and economical collection ofRousseaus explicitly political writings Michael Franz Loyola College

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

The Price of Politics

The Price of Politics Description:

i The Price of Politics i chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the U S Congress tried and failed to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability Woodward pierces the secretive world of Washington policymaking once again with a close up story crafted from meeting notes documents working papers and interviews with key players including President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner Woodward lays bare the broken relationship between President Obama and the Congress br br In a new afterword i What Is Really Happening in Washington s Economic Wars i Woodward details the further negotiations after Obama s reelection when he and Congress faced the fiscal cliff only to end in a perilous stalemate

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

The Concept of the Political

The Concept of the Political Description:

In this his most influential work legal theorist and political philosopher Carl Schmitt argues that liberalism s basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing oneself for the state This edition of the work includes the translator s introduction by George Schwab which highlights Schmitt s intellectual journey through the turbulent period of German history leading to the Hitlerian one party state It also includes Leo Strauss s analysis of Schmitt s thesis and a foreword by Tracy B Strong placing Schmitt s work into contemporary context

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

A Journey: My Political Life

A Journey: My Political Life Description:

In the biggest Labour victory in history swept England ending eighteen years of Conservative government Prime Minister Tony Blair young charismatic and complex shaped the nation profoundly in the ten years that followed From his work in Northern Ireland to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan few of his decisions were free from scrutiny and debate Alternately beloved and reviled he was an international figure to a degree matched by few British leaders a role he continues in to this day through the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and his work in the Middle East Now for the first time we see the fascinating journey and difficult choices of the prime minister through his own eyes Grippingly candid and deeply intimate b A Journey b is a must read political memoir full of startling insights into a host of world leaders including George W Bush and Bill Clinton It is also a book that delves deeply and profoundly into what it means to be in a position of great power today and its emotional and personal toll

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics Description:

b From America s preeminent columnist named by the b i b Financial Times b i b the most influential commentator in the nation the long awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer s essential timeless writings b br b b br A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn Krauthammer has for decades daz zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government His weekly column is a must read in Washington and across the country Now finally the best of Krauthammer s intelligence erudition and wit are collected in one volume br br Readers will find here not only the country s leading conservative thinker offering a pas sionate defense of limited government but also a highly independent mind whose views on feminism evolution and the death penalty for example defy ideological convention i Things That Matter i also features several of Krautham mer s major path breaking essays on bioeth ics on Jewish destiny and on America s role as the world s superpower that have pro foundly influenced the nation s thoughts and policies And finally the collection presents a trove of always penetrating often bemused re flections on everything from border collies to Halley s Comet from Woody Allen to Win ston Churchill from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist br br With a special highly autobiographical in troduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies the tragedies and triumphs of the last three decades of American life

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution Description:

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents We take these institutions for granted but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today s developing countries with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world br br Francis Fukuyama author of the bestselling i The End of History and the Last Man i and one of our most important political thinkers provides a sweeping account of how today s basic political institutions developed The first of a major two volume work i The Origins of Political Order i begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies the growth of the first modern state in China the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution br br Drawing on a vast body of knowledge history evolutionary biology archaeology and economics Fukuyama has produced a brilliant provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics Description:

All leaders are constrained by geography Their choices are limited by mountains rivers seas and concrete Yes to follow world events you need to understand people ideas and movements but if you don t know geography you ll never have the full picture br br If you ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China s power base continues to expand ever outwards the answers are all here br br In ten chapters covering Russia China the USA Latin America the Middle East Africa India and Pakistan Europe Japan and Korea and the Arctic using maps essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author Prisoners of Geography looks at the past present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history br

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats Description:

In this popular and comprehensive book nutrition researcher and founder of the Weston A Price Foundation Sally Fallon recalls the culinary customs of our ancestors and looks ahead to a future of robust good health for young and old i Nourishing Traditions i offers modern families a fascinating guide to wise food choices and proper preparation techniques Fallon unites the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent and accurate scientific research The revised and updated second edition contains over delicious recipes that will please both exacting gourmets and busy parents plus a wealth of informative nutrition information research summaries and suggestions for how to serve various foods More than just a cookbook this is a treatise advocating for a renewed traditional approach to food and cooking

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals

Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals Description:

i Jesus for President i is a radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination reminding us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people set apart from this world br br In what can be termed lyrical theology Jesus for President poetically weaves together words and images to sing rather than dictate its message It is a collaboration of Shane Claiborne s writing and stories Chris Haw s reflections and research and Chico Fajardo Heflin s art and design Drawing upon the work of biblical theologians the lessons of church history and the examples of modern day saints and ordinary radicals i Jesus for President i stirs the imagination of what the Church could look like if it placed its faith in Jesus instead of Caesar br br A fresh look at Christianity and empire i Jesus for President i transcends questions of Should I vote or not and Which candidate by thinking creatively about the fundamental issues of faith and allegiance It s written for those who seek to follow Jesus rediscover the spirit of the early church and incarnate the kingdom of God

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Description:

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Rating: 3.48 out of 5

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time Description:

In this classic work of economic history and social theory Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the great transformation of the Industrial Revolution His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self regulating market but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism New introductory material reveals the renewed importance of Polanyi s seminal analysis in an era of globalization and free trade

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