• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
The books you love, the emails you want
Time is running out, opt in before 25 May or you'll stop hearing from us
Yes Please
On Politics (Paperback)
  • On Politics (Paperback)
zoom

On Politics (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£14.99
Paperback 1152 Pages / Published: 05/09/2013
  • In stock online

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
A magisterial, one-volume history of political thought from Herodotus to the present, Ancient Athens to modern democracy - from author and professor Alan Ryan This is a book about the answers that historians, philosophers, theologians, practising politicians and would-be revolutionaries have given to one question: how should human beings best govern themselves? Almost every modern government claims to be democratic; but is democracy really the best way of organising our political life? Can we manage our own affairs at all? Should we even try? In the west, do we actually live in democracies? In this extraordinary book Alan Ryan engages with the great thinkers of the past to show us how vividly their ideas speak to us in today's uncertain world. ALAN RYAN was born in London in 1940 and taught for many years at Oxford, where he was a Fellow of New College and Reader in Politics. He was Professor of Politics at Princeton from 1988 to 1996, when he returned to Oxford to become Warden of New College and Professor of Political Theory until his retirement in 2009. His previous books include The Philosophy of John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell: A Political Life and John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. Reviews of On Politics: 'An engaging and smart survey of major political thinkers ... Through Ryan [they] speak directly to the present' Mark Mazower, Prospect 'Ryan's book is a magnificent piece of work, clear (even when the ideas he's exploring are obscure) and engaging (even when the theory in the original is forbidding) ... anyone remotely interested in political theory will profit from reading or dipping into Ryan's On Politics, whether this is their first acquaintance with the canon of political theory or whether they have been "Hobbing and Locking" for decades ... It's a remarkable experience' Jeremy Waldron, New York Review of Books 'Ambitiously and elegantly covers two and a half millennia of political thinking ... despite covering huge intellectual terrain, [On Politics] a delight both when it explores detail and also when it draws conclusions of a broader perspective' Justin Champion, BBC History Magazine 'On Politics is crammed with smart observations and wise advice' John Keane, Financial Times 'An impressive achievement' Economist

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140285185
Number of pages: 1152
Weight: 777 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 49 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] magnificent piece of work, clear (even when the ideas he's exploring are obscure) and engaging (even when the theory is forbidding) ... It's a remarkable experience -- Jeremy Waldron * New York Review of Books *
A brave and clever book ... crammed with smart observations and wise advice -- John Keane * Financial Times *
Concise, lucid ... despite covering huge intellectual terrain, On Politics is a delight both when it explores detail and also when it draws conclusions of a broader perspective -- Justin Champion * BBC History Magazine *

You may also be interested in...

Common Sense
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Politics Book
Added to basket
DK
£16.99
Hardback
Capital
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
On Liberty
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
On Anarchism
Added to basket
£6.00
Paperback
The Essential Chomsky
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback
Leviathan
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Open Society and its Enemies
Added to basket
The Captive Mind
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£10.00
Hardback
The Politics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Inventing the Individual
Added to basket
Utopia
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback

Reviews

View all

“Superb!!!”

Wonderful....from the ancient Greeks to Marx and beyond...infusing political thought with historical fact...this book truly exercises the brain...
Brilliant!!!

Paperback edition
29th July 2016
Helpful? Upvote 31

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.