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Politics: A Treatise on Government: A Powerful Work by Aristotle (Timeless Classic Books) Paperback – August 28, 2010


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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453780173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453780176
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
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I found that Aristotle provided many brilliant insights into the political thinking, strategy, of leaders and the military. In many ways, it remains unsurpassed and it ought to be required reading in undergraduate classes on political strategy. On the downside, Aristotle referred to leaders of each city-state over decades, if not centuries, and, this made it difficult for at least this reader to fully appreciate the relevance and examples offered in this text. Brilliant and merits an A+.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Van Wagoner VINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
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This Kindle edition is a no-frill version of the book, but is acceptable. It is the translation by William Ellis that was originally published in 1912. There is no table of contents or footnotes in this book, but there is an index that is not hyper-linked. With the format and content of this book, I saw no need for these features, especially since one could easily do a search for the desired locations for references.

The work itself is very interesting. I had read Aristotle's Ethics not too long ago and recognized his distinctive style of categorizing things in very logical ways. I would recommend reading Plato's works on politics prior to reading this book since the author spends a lot of time critiquing his works. He also refers to a lot of historical figures, so a good background in Greek history may be useful, though not necessary.

I found his descriptions of governments to fit well with small city-states as were common in ancient Greece. He did not go into a lot of detail on how to adapt these governments to the scale we are used to today.

Overall, this book is a good read for anyone interested in politics. Several principles he covers are valid today and one can learn much from his thoughts. One must read it with the understanding that he lived in a totally different world where slavery was acceptable and universal suffrage was considered dangerous. Therefore his definition of a democracy varies quite a bit from the modern definition. I'm also surprised by how much he feels government should get involved in peoples lives, including what and how to teach children and determine for them which career they should be in. Shades of Plato, though not as extreme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H on November 4, 2011
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As an engineer I missed the classics in undergrad and I'm going back to get them piecemeal. This is amazing. Aristotle reads like today's headlines. With a little bit of reasoning by analogy you can see that in its essence the economy hasn't changed in 2000 years.

I am attracted to folks who can explain complex ideas simply and Aristotle seems able to do that. Some of the stuff is outdated (for example his opinion on marriage) but helps explain other literature.

His take on government is fascinating. In his opinion there are only three forms of government divided into two classes. The two classes are more important than the three forms in that the classes determine who benefits from the rule. You'll have to read the book to find out the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Doyle on August 18, 2011
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I cannot speak highly enough about this book. If you are interested in politics or government this is a must-read!
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By Lauren on March 29, 2014
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I originally got this as one of (too) many free downloads for a Kindle I was given but never read it. Unfortunately, I cannot get Amazon to delete it so am posting this in order to get it off my review page. Please do not consider this a review since I have not read this book.
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By Chris Flener on October 29, 2013
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Good book. Quality in the book itself, and a good read. I would recommend this book to others if they are interested in the topic.
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By Tony Conover on October 23, 2013
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This book came in handy during college. One of the most enlightening, informative books that I have ever had in my possession.
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By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2013
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It is a great item and I really enjoyed reading it. I read this book in College and this item gave me new insights.
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