The Issue Is Power
Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance
Paperback ISBN: 1879960168
"Here is a book for everyone who dares to want to help make history. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz is passionate, strategic, pithy, generous, realistic, controversial, unquenchable--a lifelong doer, she gives us reasons to believe in achievable justice, and maps for acting on that belief."--Adrienne Rich
Living in Hope and History
Notes from Our Century
Paperback ISBN: 0374527520
The 1991 Nobel Laureate records her years of observation of apartheid and its aftermath, as a member of the ANC, and as a writer, in a meditative volume that chronicles her interactions with such figures as Nelson Mandela, Gnnter Grass, Kenzaburo Oe, and others. Reprint.
Democracy on Trial
Paperback ISBN: 0465016170
Even as Russia and the other former Soviet republics struggle to redefine themselves in democratic terms, our own democracy if faltering, not flourishing. We confront one another as aggrieved groups rather than as free citizens. Cynicism, boredom, apathy, despair, violencethese have become coin of the civic realm. They are dark signs of the times and a warning that democracy may not be up to the task of satisfying the yearnings it unleashesyearnings for freedom, fairness, and equality.In this timely, thought-provoking book, one of America's leading political philosophers and public intellectuals questions whether democracy will prove sufficiently robust and resilient to survive the century. Beginning with a catalogue of our discontents, Jean Bethke Elshtain asks what has gone wrong and why. She draws on examples from America and other parts of the world as she explores the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender identitycontroversial, and essential, political issues of our day. Insisting that there is much to cherish in our democratic traditions, she concludes that democracy involves a permanent clash between conservatism and progressive change.Elshtain distinguishes her own position from those of both the Left and the Right, demonstrating why she has been called one of our most interesting and independent civic thinkers. Responding to critics of democracy, ancient and modern, Elshtain urges us to have the courage of our most authentic democratic convictions. We need, she insists, both hope and a sense of reality.Writing her book for citizens, not experts, Elshtain aims to open up a dialogue and to move us beyond sterile sectarian disputes. Democracy on Trial will generate wide debate and controversy.
Means of Ascent
Paperback ISBN: 067973371x
Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues -- one of the richest, most intensive and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. In Means of Ascent the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian, chronicler also of Robert Moses in The Power Broker, carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for forty years shrouded in rumor, which Johnson had to win or face certain political death, and which he did win -- by "the 87 votes that changed history." Caro makes us witness to a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new -- the politics of issue versus the politics of image, mass manipulation, money and electronic dazzle.
The Coming Anarchy
Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
Paperback ISBN: 037570759x
Debunking overly optimistic theories of an idyllic post-Cold War world, the author of Balkan Ghosts predicts that war, ethnic conflict, random violence, and fear will be hallmarks of the next century. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
The Communist Manifesto
Paperback ISBN: 0451527100
A new edition of the powerful political doctrine contains the annotated English translation of 1888, prefaces to the several early editions, and an extensive introduction by noted historian Martin Malia writing after the end of the Cold War. Original.
Making Democracy Work
Civic Traditions in Modern Italy
Paperback ISBN: 0691037388
This text offers empirical evidence for the importance of "civic community" in developing successful institutions. Its focus is on an experiment begun in 1970 when Italy created new governments for each of its regions.
On the Shores of Politics
Paperback ISBN: 0860916375
It is frequently said that we are living through the end of politics, the end of social upheavals, the end of utopian folly. Consensual realism is the order of the day. But political realists, remarks Jacques Ranciere, are always several steps behind reality, and the only thing which may come to an end with their dominance is democracy.