An impassioned and persuasive argument for the American colonies’ independence from the British crown, Tom Paine’s pamphlet was published in Philadelphia in 1776. ‘Without the pen of the author of Common Sense’, wrote the founding father John Adams, ‘the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain’.
The Square and the Tower
Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
It is often claimed that the internet has subverted the hierarchies that have governed the world for millennia, but in this volume Niall Ferguson argues that informal networks have always been the driving force for innovation. From ancient Roman cults to Renaissance dynasties and the American founding fathers, he demonstrates how personal relationships rather than orders from on high have shaped the world. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Indispensable Chomsky
Offering an overview of Chomsky’s political thought, this compilation features transcripts derived from discussions at seminars and public talks held across a period of 11 years following the dawn of the post-Cold War era in 1989. They illustrate his revolutionary perspective on the politics of power and the workings of institutions, with topics including globalization, the military-industrial complex, US foreign and domestic policy, the strategies of activists and the media’s role in popular struggle.
Badiou and Politics
In this interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou, Professor Bosteels draws on all Badiou’s writings, from his student days in the 1960s to the present. The study examines his exchanges with other thinkers, including Althusser, Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, tracks his political activity since May 1968, and argues for an understanding of his thought as a revival of dialectical materialism.
The Prince and the Art of War
During Machiavelli’s lifetime, his fame rested on The Art of War rather than The Prince; although written with the situation in Florence in mind, his practical military treatise was influential throughout Europe. It promotes the concept of war as an extension of politics, and the necessity of a state army, trained, disciplined and deployed on the classical Roman model. The Art of War accompanies The Prince in this Collector’s Library edition.
The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – and Why They Can't Make Peace
Since its foundation in 1948 Israel has been torn between its ambition to be ‘a light unto nations’ and its desire to expand its borders. Drawing on declassified documents, personal archives and interviews, this epic history demonstrates how military service binds Israelis to lifelong loyalty and secrecy, making democracy a hostage to the armed forces. A compelling study of character, rivalry, conflict and the competing impulses for war and peace in the Middle East. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
This first full biography of Leonard Woolf (1880–1969) goes beyond his familiar role as husband of Virginia and member of the Bloomsbury set. Glendinning explores the many posts he filled during his long life, including colonial administrator, publisher, political writer and journal editor, and provides a full and lively portrait of a highly intelligent and complex man, who made significant contributions to the intellectual debates of his day.