50 Politics Classics: Freedom Equality Power: Mind-Changing, World-Changing Ideas from Fifty Landmark Books

50 Politics Classics: Freedom Equality Power: Mind-Changing, World-Changing Ideas from Fifty Landmark BooksFrom Abraham Lincoln To Nelson Mandela, And From Aristotle To George Orwell, POLITICS CLASSICS Distills The Essence Of The Books, Pamphlets, And Speeches Of The Major Leaders And Great Thinkers That Drive Real World Change Spanning , 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 .. Lists of greats are often peculiar to the editors of such lists This list is pretty good but most readers will have their gripes mine are that Chomsky on is slapped on an additional 50 authors at the end and John Rawls is neglected entirely I detect a mild bias to the right but I am on the left side of things know your reviewer and caveat emptor and all that It gets most of the big names A good primer on the wonderful world of political ideology. At first when I read this book and saw some of the books that were included, I was pretty irritated because they are not classics in the sense of being good books that are worth copying Nevertheless, the author includes such a diverse and even contradictory set of books that it is obvious that the author s own views are not governing the books included but that the author is seeking to provide a list of influential books that have mostly stood the test of time and that at least motivate the po At first when I read this book and saw some of the books that were included, I was pretty irritated because they are not classics in the sense of being good books that are worth copying Nevertheless, the author includes such a diverse and even contradictory set of books that it is obvious that the author s own views are not governing the books included but that the author is seeking to provide a list of influential books that have mostly stood the test of time and that at least motivate the political worldviews of others whether or not the writer or reader will in fact agree with the points of view expressed in the books And looking at the book that way, as an attempt to provide as broad a possible an understanding of political works from theorists as well as politicians themselves, I was able to enjoy the book and use it as a source for potential further reading rather than to be irritated that it included so many books that have done such harm to humanity through attempts at putting misguided ideals into practice that fail to account for the realities of human existence.This book is a bitthan 300 pages long and it discusses in some detail 50 books that the author views as political classics along withbrief discussions of 50 additional books including Bastiat s fantastic The Law that the author recommends for reading After an introduction the author moves into a collection that is alphabetically organized by author where each entry is included with its date of publication, title, some quotes, a one paragraph summary, other books like it in the collection, as well as a larger summary of the work that is usually around 4 pages long or evenThe works included here are very broad in scope, beginning with a posthumous collection of essays by Lord Acton and then moving on through Saul Alinsky s Rules For Radicals to Arendt s writing on the origins of totalitarianism, Berlin s thoughts on liberty, Clausewitz s On War, Hayek s Road To Serfdom, Hobbes Leviathan, Lincoln s Gettysburg Address, Machiavelli s Discourses on Livy, John Stuart Mill s feminist writings, Mencius essays, Orwell s Animal Farm, Upton Sinclair s The Jungle, and Solzhenitsyn s Gulag Archipelago The book even includes the autobiography of Margaret Thatcher and Mandela s Long Walk To Freedom, only adding to its complexity Suffice it to say that everyone will find something to like here but hardly anyone will think all of these books worth reading and appreciating.That is not to say that this book is by any means a perfect one The author clearly approaches politics and political science and political philosophy from the point of view of someone who looks at political matters rather than moral ones It is hard to get a sense of the author s trustworthiness given the way that he talks up every one of these books as a classic even in a collection that includes works as diverse as libertarian classics and communist and socialist foundational works One of the pleasures in reading a book like this one is to see what books should have been included on the list and which books one has already read Since this book provides a wide variety of books to read, it also allows the reader to find a few books one might want to read in the future, as it did for me, and this is definitely something worth appreciating as well Reading a book to readbooks sounds very Nathanish, if you ask me So, even if the author s criteria of what is a classic is a bit dodgy and the author s opinions are a bit untrustworthy, this book is still useful as a resource for those readers who are interested in political classics Wonderful book The Author summarises 50 political books One chapter for each book It is a sweeping coverage of Philosophers, Leaders, Social reformers and Activities in the field of Politics Power, Equality, Liberty , Class, Gender and other elements that impacted humans throughout history and continue to impact us are discussed As I was reading, I was applying the various thoughts and assertions of these men and women of the past to recent political trends and am not surprised to see the Wonderful book The Author summarises 50 political books One chapter for each book It is a sweeping coverage of Philosophers, Leaders, Social reformers and Activities in the field of Politics Power, Equality, Liberty , Class, Gender and other elements that impacted humans throughout history and continue to impact us are discussed As I was reading, I was applying the various thoughts and assertions of these men and women of the past to recent political trends and am not surprised to see their warnings and predictions are correct One small thing do you know that Mary Wollstonecraft back in 18 th century fought for women being educated she suggested to have Schools where Boys and Girls from various classes rich and poor studied as equals wearing uniforms same fabrics so they do not feel class distinctions The word uniform in school suddenly took on a new meaning to me I got bored with this as was just a pick up and put down book, not really for me but I did read some of them when I wanted to send myself to sleep. I received a promotional book for free My review is completely my own.This is an interesting book, covering many politicians political thinkers from Plato s time to the 21st century It is a heavy book it is distilled to the point that it is slightly difficult to read it in one go you need time to digest the different ideas I recommend reading one or a few chapters at a time.All chapters have an in a nutshell sentence or two, trying to summarise the one most important point, and a few I received a promotional book for free My review is completely my own.This is an interesting book, covering many politicians political thinkers from Plato s time to the 21st century It is a heavy book it is distilled to the point that it is slightly difficult to read it in one go you need time to digest the different ideas I recommend reading one or a few chapters at a time.All chapters have an in a nutshell sentence or two, trying to summarise the one most important point, and a few quotes, that introduce the chapter After that, each thinker is presented in a different way and it is good that not everyone is moulded into the same template.It is difficult to assess how objective neutral the author has been, especially when you read about thinkers that you know nothing or very little about However, some chapters where I have some knowledge for example, the chapter on Thatcher does occasionally make me wonder if the information presented really resembles reality I guess it is inevitable that any author would have to make choices on how to present things that are based on their own knowledge thoughts, so probably impossible to be entirely neutral and sometimes it feels like the author has enjoyed writing about some of them than others I would still encourage anyone who wants a full picture of a specific thinker politician to readsources This has good, clear summaries of the 50 texts it selects Each is boiled down to 6 pages OK sometimes 4, sometimes 8 with a page for a summary and some quotes followed by a run through of the main idea ending with a summary and, usually, a brief biography of the author s.I m not sure if I was detecting a slight bias towards the free market or that was just me projecting my scepticism against that I ll leave readers to decide that for themselves.One point that seemed odd at first and still This has good, clear summaries of the 50 texts it selects Each is boiled down to 6 pages OK sometimes 4, sometimes 8 with a page for a summary and some quotes followed by a run through of the main idea ending with a summary and, usually, a brief biography of the author s.I m not sure if I was detecting a slight bias towards the free market or that was just me projecting my scepticism against that I ll leave readers to decide that for themselves.One point that seemed odd at first and still bothers me the 50 entries are arranged alphabetically by author There s an introduction that groups them by theme and I read them that way, jumping through the book a few times Next time, I could read it chronologically, starting inevitably with Aristotle and Plato.A word of warning written in 2015 and so missed the upsurge in populist government all over A new edition that addresses that might be in order When you hear founding fathers , it can t end well It only suggests a different kind of nationalism patriotism they call it It s like LGBTQIetc ch 5 in the place of binary identifications it s still identities Why care Why care where you live, or about names We re talking about 19th and 18th century that was not freedom Also, the ancient romans you can t say that liberty civilization started there, and then evolved As long as there were slaves or simply no discursivity , When you hear founding fathers , it can t end well It only suggests a different kind of nationalism patriotism they call it It s like LGBTQIetc ch 5 in the place of binary identifications it s still identities Why care Why care where you live, or about names We re talking about 19th and 18th century that was not freedom Also, the ancient romans you can t say that liberty civilization started there, and then evolved As long as there were slaves or simply no discursivity , it had nothing to do with liberty That was from this What you mean with freedom is against almost everyone A collection that offers brief excerpts and short summaries of the works of 50 political thinkers While it includes many major thinkers it is pretty idiosyncratic in some of the non standard inclusions which tilt heavily towards recent American and English language work It would not be a good way to learn about these thinkers, but it was an ok way to quickly revisit their perspectives, and that exercise was instructive at this moment 2020 when the future political direction of the US is far A collection that offers brief excerpts and short summaries of the works of 50 political thinkers While it includes many major thinkers it is pretty idiosyncratic in some of the non standard inclusions which tilt heavily towards recent American and English language work It would not be a good way to learn about these thinkers, but it was an ok way to quickly revisit their perspectives, and that exercise was instructive at this moment 2020 when the future political direction of the US is faruncertain than it has long seemed An amazing summary of the key ideas and concepts within 50 classic books that shape the political landscape The author takes no personal stance or makes unnecessary comments based on what he thinks It s objective and nothing is dumbed down Each summary felt as though I had actually had the ideas conveyed to me through the original writers Highly recommend, but it should be read slowly and over time maybe as a secondary book so that you really grasp each of the 50 classics within.

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  • 50 Politics Classics: Freedom Equality Power: Mind-Changing, World-Changing Ideas from Fifty Landmark Books
  • Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • 27 April 2019
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