"Originally presented as lectures to students at the end of WWI, these essays tell us why we should care about politics and objectivity and how to balance passion and perspective. Politics is the slow boring of hard boards."
"FreudÂ’s ideas applied to social analysis. I would argue that Freud and Marx are the two most influential thinkers of the past two centuries, but I think people tend to dismiss Freud because of his obsession with sex, etc."
"An interesting account of the rise of capitalism and market society and the ideas surrounding these changes, but I think more important as a reminder of the international level of domestic institutions."
"Hoffer wrote an incisive description of the crowd and herd mentality. Hoffer presented a conservative critique of modern mass society worthy of Burke. Eisenhower called this the most important book of the 1950s."
"How do interest groups influence the political process and why do the choirs of democracy sing with an upper class accent? The original student of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff gives a critical view of modern American Democracy."
"Orwell got the five Â“ismsÂ” of the mid-century Â– Fascism, Socialism (inclusive of Communism), Imperialism, Capitalism, and Nationalism Â– spot on. He is probably the best political essay writer of all times."