Synopses & Reviews
Praise for the 50 Classics series:
"Butler-Bowdon writes with infectious enthusiasm. A true scholar."—USA Today
"Tremendous. It educates and edifies, affirms and inspires."—Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Featuring texts by Saul Alinsky, Edmund Burke, Rachel Carson, Carl von Clausewitz, Francis Fukuyama, Mahatma Gandhi, Friedrich Hayek, Thomas Hobbes, Martin Luther King, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, J. S. Mill, George Orwell, Thomas Paine, Plato, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexis De Tocqueville, Mary Wollstonecraft, and many more.
50 Politics Classics provides commentaries on the books, pamphlets, and speeches of major leaders, from Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill, and the texts from Aristotle to Naomi Klein, that drive real-world change.
Tom Butler-Bowdon's book spans 2,500 years of thinkers and doers, economists, activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, and philosophers of freedom. Are we living in The Post-American World? Is there a Clash of Civilizations? What is The Future of Power? Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, in these politically charged times we could all benefit from greater understanding of these key ideas.
This is the latest bestseller in Tom Butler-Bowdon's award-winning 50 Classics series, which has already sold one hundred thousand copies in the United States and four hundred thousand copies worldwide.
Tom Butler-Bowdon is an expert on the "literature of possibility," covering psychology, philosophy, self-help, spirituality, and prosperity. His first book, 50 Self-Help Classics, won the Benjamin Franklin Award and was a Foreword magazine Book of the Year. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, Tom lives in Oxford, United Kingdom, and Australia. Visit: butler-bowdon.com.
"A refreshing tour of political thought unmoored by traditional chronological organization." -Library Journal
Praise for the 50 Classics series:
Butler-Bowdon writes with infectious enthusiasm. A true scholar.” USA Today
Terrific. Distilled to the point of joyous clarity.” Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle
"Tremendous. It educates and edifies, affirms and inspires.” Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The latest bestseller in Tom Butler-Bowdons award-winning 50 Classics series, which has already sold 100,000 copies in the US.
From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, and from Aristotle to George Orwell, 50 POLITICS CLASSICS distills the essence of the books, pamphlets, and speeches of the major leaders and great thinkers that drive real-world change. Spanning 2,500 years, left and right, thinkers and doers, Tom Butler-Bowdon's new book covers activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, economists, philosophers of freedom, feminists, conservatives and environmentalists, right up to contemporary classics such as The Spirit Level and No Logo.
Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, this book gives you greater understanding of the key ideas that matter in our politically charged times.
50 Politics Classics provides commentaries on the books, pamphlets and speeches of major leaders, from Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill, and the texts from Aristotle to Naomi Klein, that drive real-world change.
Butler-Bowdons book spans 2,500 years of thinkers and doers, economists, activists, war strategists, visionary leaders and philosophers of freedom.
Are we living in The Post-American World? Is there a Clash of Civilizations? What is The Future of Power?
Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist or Marxist, in these politically charged times we could all benefit from greater understanding of these key ideas.
About the Author
Tom Butler-Bowdon is an expert on the literature of possibility”, covering self-help, motivation, spirituality, prosperity, psychology and philosophy. USA Today described him as a true scholar of this type of literature”. His first book, 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS, won the Benjamin Franklin Award and was a Foreword magazine Book of the Year.
The 50 CLASSICS series has sold over 400,000 copies and has been published in 23 languages.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives in Oxford, UK, and Australia.
Table of Contents
1 Lord Acton Essays on Freedom and Power (1948) 20
2 Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson Why Nations Fail: The Origins
of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (2012) 26
3 Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic
Radicals (1971) 32
4 Graham T Allison and Philip Zelikow Essence of Decision:
Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971/1999) 36
5 Norman Angell The Great Illusion: A Study of the Relation of
Military Power to National Advantage (1910) 42
6 Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) 48
7 Aristotle Politics (4th century bce) 54
8 Isaiah Berlin Two Concepts of Liberty (1958) 60
9 Edward Bernays Propaganda (1928) 66
10 Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward All the Presidents Men (1974) 72
11 Edmund Burke Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) 78
12 Rachel Carson Silent Spring (1962) 84
13 Winston Churchill The Gathering Storm (1948) 90
14 Carl von Clausewitz On War (1832) 98
15 Francis Fukuyama The End of History and the Last Man (1992) 104
16 Mohandas K Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My
Experiments with Truth (192729) 110
17 Emma Goldman Anarchism and Other Essays (1910) 114
18 Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison The Federalist
Papers (1788) 120
19 F.A. Hayek The Road to Serfdom (1944) 126
20 Thomas Hobbes Leviathan or the Matter, Forme and Power of a
Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil (1651) 132
21 Samuel P. Huntington The Clash of Civilizations and the
Remaking of World Order (1996) 136
22 Paul Kennedy The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987) 144
23 Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson The
Autobiography of Martin Luther King (1998) 150
24 Naomi Klein No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (1999) 156
25 Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address (1863) 162
26 John Locke Two Treatises of Civil Government (1689) 168
27 Niccolò Machiavelli Discourses on Livy (1531) 174
28 Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom (1995) 180
29 Karl Marx and Friedrick Engels The Communist Manifesto (1848) 186
30 Mencius The Mencius (4th century bce) 192
31 John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge The Fourth
Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State (2014) 196
32 John Stuart Mill The Subjection of Women (1869) 202
33 Hans Morgenthau Politics among Nations: The Struggle for
Power and Peace (1948) 208
34 Robert Nozick Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974) 214
35 Joseph S Nye The Future of Power (2011) 220
36 Mancur Olson The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth,
Stagflation, and Social Rigidities (1982) 226
37 George Orwell Animal Farm (1945) 232
38 Thomas Paine Common Sense (1776) 238
39 Plato Crito (4th century bce) 244
40 Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945) 248
41 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Discourse on the Origin and Basis of
Inequality among Men (1755) 254
42 Upton Sinclair The Jungle (1906) 260
43 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The Gulag Archipelago, 191856 (1971) 266
44 Sun-Yat Sen Three Principles of the People (1924) 272
45 Margaret Thatcher The Autobiography (2013) 278
46 Henry David Thoreau On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849) 286
47 Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America (1835) 292
48 Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Spirit Level: Why Equality
Is Better for Everyone (2009) 298
49 Mary Wollstonecraft A Vindication of the Rights of Women
50 Fareed Zakaria The Post-American World (2008) 310
50 More Politics Classics 317