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  • Watergate

    A New History

    Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in HistoryNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “Do we need still another Watergate book? The answer turns out to be yes—this one.” —The Washington Post * “Dazzling.” —The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Plane in the Sky, comes the first definitive narrative history of Watergate—“the best and fullest account of the cri... ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Communist Manifesto (Collins Classics)

    Series series Collins Classics
    Published in 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel’s pamphlet The Communist Manifesto is a landmark text in socialist and Marxist history – a rallying cry for the revolutionary overthrow of capitalist society by the working classes. ... Read more

    $1.99 USD


  • We Have Not a Government

    The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution

    “Provides a focused explanation of the reasons the Articles of Confederation, the nation’s first federal constitution, went lurching toward collapse.” —Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize winner, The Washington PostIn 1783, as the Revolutionary War came to a close, Alexander Hamilton resigned in disgust from the Continental Congress after it refused to consider a fundamental reform of the Articles of ... Read more

    $17.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Little Book of Politics

    by DK ...
    Series series DK Little Book of
    This ebook is the perfect introduction to politics and political thought throughout history.From the origins of democracy to Machiavelli's cunning statecraft, and from Rousseau's "social contract" to the American Declaration of Independence, Marxist communism, the dawn of populism, and identity politics, The Little Book of Politics examines the philosophies behind the different political beliefs ... Read more

    $5.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Fourth Turning Is Here

    What the Seasons of History Tell Us about How and When This Crisis Will End

    by Neil Howe ...
    The visionary behind the bestselling phenomenon The Fourth Turning looks once again to America’s past to predict our future in this startling and hopeful prophecy for how our present era of civil unrest will resolve over the next ten years—and what our lives will look like once it has.Twenty-five years ago, Neil Howe and the late William Strauss dazzled the world with a provocative new theory of ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Germany's Hidden Crisis

    Social Decline in the Heart of Europe

    Translated by David Fernbach, Loren Balhorn ...
    How neoliberalism is causing a crisis in GermanyUpward social mobility represented a core promise of life under the “old” West German welfare state, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first homes, and sent their children to university. Not so in today’s Federal Republic, where the gears of the so-called “elevator society” have long since ground ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Liberalism

    Based on the original 1962 edition, previously titled The Free And Prosperous Commonwealth: An Exposition Of The Ideas Of Classical Liberalism. Liberalism is an influential book containing economic analysis and an indicting critique of socialism. Starting from the principle of private property, Mises shows how the other classical liberal freedoms follow from property rights and argues that ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Demodiversity

    Toward Post-Abyssal Democracies

    Series series Epistemologies of the South
    We are living in a time when social and political authoritarianism appear to be gaining ground around the world. This book presents the democratic practices, spaces and processes that engage directly with the theoretical assumptions advanced by the epistemologies of the South, summoning other contexts and empirical realities that attest to the possibility of a renewal and deepening of democracy ... Read more

    $49.99 USD

  • Envy in Politics

    Series Book 5 - Princeton Studies in Political Behavior
    How envy, spite, and the pursuit of admiration influence politicsWhy do governments underspend on policies that would make their constituents better off? Why do people participate in contentious politics when they could reap benefits if they were to abstain? In Envy in Politics, Gwyneth McClendon contends that if we want to understand these and other forms of puzzling political behavior, we should ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight

    Race, Class, and Power in the Rural South during the First World War

    During World War I, thousands of rural southern men, black and white, refused to serve in the military. Some failed to register for the draft, while others deserted after being inducted. In the countryside, armed bands of deserters defied local authorities; capturing them required the dispatch of federal troops into three southern states.Jeanette Keith traces southern draft resistance to several ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Marx's Literary Style

    Marx’s Literary Style argues that a true understanding of Marx’s work requires a careful study of his literary choicesIn Marx’s Literary Style, the Venezuelan poet and philosopher Ludovico Silva argues that much of the confusion around Marx’s work results from a failure to understand his literary mode of expression.Through meticulous readings of key passages in Marx’s oeuvre, Silva isolates the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Individualists

    Radicals, Reactionaries, and the Struggle for the Soul of Libertarianism

    A sweeping history of libertarian thought, from radical anarchists to conservative defenders of the status quoLibertarianism emerged in the mid-nineteenth century with an unwavering commitment to progressive causes, from women’s rights and the fight against slavery to anti-colonialism and Irish emancipation. Today, this movement founded on the principle of individual liberty finds itself divided ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • James Madison

    America's First Politician

    by Jay Cost ...
    **An intellectual biography of James Madison, arguing that he invented American politics as we know it **How do you solve a problem like James Madison? The fourth president is one of the most confounding figures in early American history; his political trajectory seems almost intentionally inconsistent. He was both for and against a strong federal government. He wrote about the dangers of ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Comrade

    An Essay on Political Belonging

    by Jodi Dean ...
    When people say “comrade,” they change the worldIn the twentieth century, millions of people across the globe addressed each other as “comrade.” Now, among the left, it’s more common to hear talk of “allies.” In Comrade, Jodi Dean insists that this shift exemplifies the key problem with the contemporary left: the substitution of political identity for a relationship of political belonging that ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • China

    by Kerry Brown ...
    Series series Polity Histories
    China is poised to become the world's largest economy in the next decade. But its great struggle to modernise has been one of tragedy, conflict, and challenge. From the first attempts to introduce Western ideas into the country two centuries ago, China's long march to global primacy has been above all an epic fight to renew an ancient country and culture.Leading Sinologist Kerry Brown traces this ... Read more

    $12.00 USD

  • The Human Condition

    by Hannah Arendt ...
    The renowned political thinker and author of The Origins of Totalitarianism examines the troubling consequences of humanity’s increasing power.A work of striking originality, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant today than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind in terms of its ever-expanding capabilities. Her ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • By One Vote

    The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876

    Series series American Presidential Elections
    With electoral votes disputed in three states, a Democrat winning the popular vote, and the Supreme Court stepping in to overrule Florida court decisions, the presidential election of 1876 was an eerie precursor to that of 2000. Rutherford Hayes’s defeat of Samuel Tilden has been dubbed the “fraud of the century”; now one of America’s preeminent political historians digs deeper to unravel its real ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Blessed Are the Organized

    Grassroots Democracy in America

    by Jeffrey Stout ...
    How ordinary citizens band together to bring about real changeIn an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Cameroun, quel avenir ?

    Pourquoi le président Ahmadou Ahidjo quitte-t-il précipitamment le Cameroun le 29 octobre 1982 pour un voyage privé en France ? Pourquoi Germaine, son épouse, l’y rejoint-elle deux jours après ? Comment se déroule le premier conseil des ministres de Paul Biya ? D’où proviennent les rumeurs de « bicéphalisme » à la tête de l’État début 1983 ? Pourquoi le nouveau président choisit-il la France pour ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Hugo Grotius and the Modern Theology of Freedom

    Transcending Natural Rights

    Series series Routledge Innovations in Political Theory
    Human rights are thought to guarantee pluralism by protecting individual liberty from imposed religious conceptions of virtue. Yet critics often argue that this secular focus on merely avoiding violations can also enable unfettered individualism and undermine appeals to the common good.This book uncovers in secular rights pioneer Hugo Grotius a rights theory that points toward the enlargement of ... Read more

    $56.99 USD

  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

    The classic study of post-Cold War international relations, more relevant than ever in today’s geopolitical climate—with a foreword by Zbigniew Brzezinski.Since its initial publication in 1996, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations pose ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • America's Revolutionary Mind

    A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It

    America's Revolutionary Mind is the first major reinterpretation of the American Revolution since the publication of Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and Gordon S. Wood's The Creation of the American Republic.The purpose of this book is twofold: first, to elucidate the logic, principles, and significance of the Declaration of Independence as the embodiment of the ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Outside Looking In

    Adventures of an Observer

    by Garry Wills ...
    **"One of the country's most distinguished intellectuals [and] one of its most provocative."-The New York TimesLook out for a new book from Garry Wills, What the Qur'an Meant, coming fall 2017.**Bookish and retiring, Garry Wills has been an outsider in the academy, in journalism, even in his church. Yet these qualities have, paradoxically, prompted people to share intimate insights with him- ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Only the Dead

    The Persistence of War in the Modern Age

    The idea that war is going out of style has become the conventional wisdom in recent years. But in Only the Dead, award-winning author Bear Braumoeller demonstrates that it shouldn't have. With a rare combination of historical expertise, statistical acumen, and accessible prose, Braumoeller shows that the evidence simply doesn't support the decline-of-war thesis propounded by scholars like Steven ... Read more

    $20.99 USD $17.99 USD