50 Politics Classics: Freedom, Equality, Power

Author(s): Tom Butler-Bowdon

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Praise for the 50s series: "A tremendous - book - Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both." Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People "A terrific compendium of the best - from famous classics to off-beat unknowns, distilled to the point of joyous clarity." Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle "Butler-Bowdon has made a name for himself as an expert in personal development literature - the breadth of thought is far-reaching and inspiring" The Sunday Mail, Australia

In the early 1990s, Tom Butler-Bowdon was working as an adviser at the New South Wales Cabinet Office in Sydney, writing briefing papers for senior ministers. He took a year off to do further study in the UK, but put aside his political economy textbooks to read a growing pile of motivational and self-help literature. On returning to Australia, Butler-Bowdon spent some time in the Outback, where the idea came to him of writing about the classic books in the self-help literature. Based in Oxford, UK, he now writes full-time, runs Butler-Bowdon.com, and does occasional speaking engagements. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and History from the University of Sydney, and a Masters degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

Introduction; 1. Lord Acton 'Essays on Freedom and Power' (1948); 2. Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson 'Why Nations Fail: The Originsof Power, Prosperity, and Poverty' (2012); 3. Saul Alinsky 'Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals' (1971); 4. Graham T Allison & Philip Zelikow 'Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis' (1971/1999); 5. Norman Angell 'The Great Illusion: A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage' (1910); 6. Hannah Arendt 'The Origins of Totalitarianism' (1951); 7. Aristotle Politics (4th century BCE); 8. Isaiah Berlin 'Two Concepts of Liberty' (1958); 9. Edward Bernays 'Propaganda' (1928); 10. Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward 'All the President's Men' (1974); 11. Edmund Burke 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' (1790); 12. Rachel Carson 'Silent Spring' (1962); 13. Winston Churchill 'The Gathering Storm' (1948); 14. Carl von Clausewitz 'On War' (1832); 15. Francis Fukuyama 'The End of History and the Last Man' (1992); 16. Mohandas K Gandhi 'An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth' (1927-29); 17. Emma Goldman 'Anarchism and Other Essays' (1910); 18. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, & James Madison 'The Federalist Papers' (1788); 19. F.A. Hayek 'The Road to Serfdom' (1944); 20. Thomas Hobbes 'Leviathan or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil' (1651); 21. Samuel P. Huntington 'The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order' (1996); 22. Paul Kennedy 'The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers' (1987); 23. Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson 'The Autobiography of Martin Luther King' (1998); 24. Naomi Klein 'No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies' (1999); 25. Abraham Lincoln 'The Gettysburg Address' (1863); 26. John Locke 'Two Treatises of Civil Government' (1689); 27. Niccolo Machiavelli 'Discourses on Livy' (1531); 28. Nelson Mandela 'Long Walk to Freedom' (1995); 29. Karl Marx & Friedrick Engels 'The Communist Manifesto' (1848); 30. Mencius 'The Mencius' (4th century BCE); 31. John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge 'The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State' (2014); 32. John Stuart Mill 'The Subjection of Women' (1869); 33. Hans Morgenthau 'Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace' (1948); 34. Robert Nozick Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974); 35. Joseph S Nye 'The Future of Power' (2011); 36. Mancur Olson 'The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities' (1982); 37. George Orwell 'Animal Farm' (1945); 38. Thomas Paine 'Common Sense' (1776); 39. Plato 'Crito' (4th century BCE); 40. Karl Popper 'The Open Society and Its Enemies' (1945); 41. Jean-Jacques Rousseau 'Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality among Men' (1755). 42. Upton Sinclair 'The Jungle' (1906); 43. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 'The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-56' (1971); 44. Sun-Yat Sen 'Three Principles of the People' (1924); 45. Margaret Thatcher 'The Autobiography' (2013); 46. Henry David Thoreau 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience' (1849); 47. Alexis de Tocqueville 'Democracy in America' (1835); 48. Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett 'The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone' (2009); 49. Mary Wollstonecraft 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women' (1792); 50. Fareed Zakaria 'The Post-American World' (2008); More Politics Classics; Credits; Acknowledgments

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  • : 9781857886290
  • : Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • : Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • : 0.524
  • : May 2015
  • : 232mm X 156mm X 29mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2015
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  • : Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • : Paperback
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