Ad Infinitum Books

Quick Search

Advanced Search



Click on Title to view full description

Anchor Books, Garden City: 1959. 0385094213 / 9780385094214 Anchor Books Edition. s Softcover. Very good reading copy. 
Published in Venice in 1528, The Book of the Courtier remains one of the most vivid accounts of Italian court life during the Rennaissance. Translatted into English from the Italian by Charles S. Singleton, with illustrative material by Edgar De N. Mayhew. Includes an index and 32 pages of pictures. 
Price: 6.41 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
22 CHAMBERS, WILLIAM NISBET. Political Parties In A New Nation: The American Experience, 1776 - 1809.
Oxford University Press, New York: 1962. 1969 Reprint. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
The story of the genesis of the modern political parties in the United States as the first modern new nation. Also explores general problems in the development of political parties as an aspect of nation building, and examines the general nature, functions and behavior of political parties in a democracy. Includes an Index. 
Price: 15.44 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
23 CHILDERS, CHRISTOPHER. The Failure Of Popular Sovereignty: Slavery, Manifest Destiny, And The Radicalization Of Southern Politics.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . American Political Thought Series h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
As the expanding United States grappled with the question of how to determine the boundaries of slavery, politicians proposed popular sovereignty as a means of entrusting the issue to citizens of new territories. Christopher Childers now uses popular sovereignty as a lens for viewing the radicalization of southern states' rights politics, demonstrating how this misbegotten offspring of slavery and Manifest Destiny, though intended to assuage passions, instead worsened sectional differences, radicalized southerners, and paved the way for secession. In this first major history of popular sovereignty, Childers explores the triangular relationship among the extension of slavery, southern politics, and territorial governance. He shows how, as politicians from North and South redesigned popular sovereignty to lessen sectional tensions and remove slavery from the national political discourse, the doctrine instead made sectional divisions intractable, placed the territorial issue at the center of national politics, and gave voice to an increasingly radical states' rights interpretation of the federal compact. Childers explains how politicians offered the idea of local control over slavery as a way to appease the South—or at least as a compromise that would not offend the states' rights constitutional scruples of southerners. In the end, that strategy backfired by transforming the South into a rigid sectional bloc dedicated to the protection and perpetuation of slavery—a political time bomb that eventually exploded into Civil War. Tracing the doctrine of popular sovereignty back to its roots in the early American republic, Childers describes the dichotomy between believers in local control in the territories and national control as first embodied in the 1787 Northwest Ordinance. Noting that the slavery extension issue had surfaced before but obviously not been resolved, he shows how the debate over this issue played out over time, complicated the relationship between the federal government and the territories, and radicalized sectional politics. Laced with new insights, Childers's study offers a coherent narrative of the formative moments in the slavery debate that have been seen heretofore as discrete events. His work stands at the intersection of political, intellectual, and constitutional history, unfolding the formative moments in the slavery debate to expand our understanding of the peculiar institution in the early republic. 
Price: 43.23 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
24 CHOMSKY, NOAM. American Power And The New Mandarins.
Vintage Books, New York: 1969. First Vintage Books Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Collection of essays about the Vietnam War and related subjects. 
Price: 10.21 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Hill & Wang, New York: 1963. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Fair reading copy has chips and tears to dustjacket. 
The Senate establishment is almost the antithesis of democracy. It is not selected by any democratic process. It appears to be quite unresponsive to the caucuses of the major parties, be they Republican or Democratic. 
Price: 30.40 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
26 COMPTON, JOHN W. The Evangelical Origins Of The Living Constitution.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The New Deal is often said to represent a sea change in American constitutional history, overturning a century of precedent to permit an expanded federal government, increased regulation of the economy, and eroded property protections. John Compton offers a surprising revision of this familiar narrative, showing that nineteenth-century evangelical Protestants, not New Deal reformers, paved the way for the most important constitutional developments of the twentieth century. Following the great religious revivals of the early 1800s, American evangelicals embarked on a crusade to eradicate immorality from national life by destroying the property that made it possible. Their cause represented a direct challenge to founding-era legal protections of sinful practices such as slavery, lottery gambling, and buying and selling liquor. Although evangelicals urged the judiciary to bend the rules of constitutional adjudication on behalf of moral reform, antebellum judges usually resisted their overtures. But after the Civil War, American jurists increasingly acquiesced in the destruction of property on moral grounds. In the early twentieth century, Oliver Wendell Holmes and other critics of laissez-faire constitutionalism used the judiciary's acceptance of evangelical moral values to demonstrate that conceptions of property rights and federalism were fluid, socially constructed, and subject to modification by democratic majorities. The result was a progressive constitutional regime—rooted in evangelical Protestantism—that would hold sway for the rest of the twentieth century. 272 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches1 graph, 1 table. John W. Compton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Chapman University. "John W. Compton's The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution is an outstanding addition to the literature on American constitutional development. The book argues that the progressive critique of the Constitution in the early twentieth century that led to the New Deal was presaged and to some extent made possible by earlier social movements of evangelical Christians in the nineteenth century who sought to ban alcohol and lotteries. The idea that the Constitution's practical meaning must adjust to changing social conditions is often associated with the progressive critique of the 1920s and 1930s. But Compton shows that evangelicals made similar moves decades before in order to reshape constitutional understandings and justify government power to ban alcohol and lottery sales… He shines new light on the history of American constitutional development. He does a tremendous service in recalling cases and debates that were once very important to constitutional theory but are no longer… The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution is a truly valuable book that greatly enhances our understanding of the development of constitutional law in the nineteenth century. After reading this book, and grasping its lessons, you will not be able to teach the basic Constitutional Law course the same way again. That is not true of many books, and it is a mark of its excellence and its importance."—Jack Balkin, Balkinization "Compton's history is compelling… This is a fascinating book that sheds much light on how our views on the proper scope of government have changed—for the worse."—George Leef, Forbes "John Compton's superb book provides a fascinating account of the influence that evangelical attempts to stamp out drinking and lotteries had on American constitutional development. That, in itself, is worth the price of admission."—Mark Graber, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law "The book's clear, forcibly argued, and original thesis challenges some of the most influential scholarship in its field."—Ken I. Kersch, Boston College "As scholars and pundits debate whether the New Deal order is coming to an end, questions about its inception are particularly timely, and the author's engagement with the question of how morals can influence constitutional politics is quite salient at this time."—Julie Novkov, University at Albany, State University of New York 
Price: 46.55 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
27 CORWIN, EDWARD S. The Constitution And What It Means Today.
Atheneum, New York: 1963. s Softcover. Good condition. 
For the student of American political and institutional life, the new editions of Corwin and the constitution are absolute necessities. Includes an Index. 
Price: 7.13 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
28 CRABB, CECIL V., SARIEDDINE, LEILA E., ANTIZZO, GLENN J. Charting A New Diplomatic Course: Alternative Approaches To America's Cold War Foriegn Policy.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge: 2001. 0807127043 / 9780807127049 First Edition (Unstated). 

Price: 117.80 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Atherton Press, New York: 1970. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 15.20 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
30 DAHL, ROBERT A. After The Revolution: Authority In A Good Society.
Yale University Press, New Haven: 1971. 0300014473 / 9780300014471 Second Printing. s Softcover. Reading copy. Name of previous owner appears on half-title page. 
Guides the reader through a thoughtfull examination of the principles on which the authority of democratic government rests, the question of who "the people" should be in the concept of "rule by the people," and the several different kinds of deomocracy that fit different situations. 
Price: 3.42 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
31 DAHL, ROBERT A. After The Revolution: Authority In A Good Society.
Yale University Press, New Haven: 1971. 0300014473 / 9780300014471 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Guides the reader through a thoughtfull examination of the principles on which the authority of democratic government rests, the question of who "the people" should be in the concept of "rule by the people," and the several different kinds of deomocracy that fit different situations. 
Price: 3.66 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
32 DE HUSZAR, GEORGE B. & STEVENSON, THOMAS H. Political Science: An Outline With Questions And Answers.
Littlefield, Adams, & Co.: Paterson. 1959. Third Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
This outline will serve as a convenient review book for those who want to quickly survey the entire field. It includes a systematic analysis of the basic facts usually studied in college courses. Includes an Index. 
Price: 14.25 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
33 DEVLIN, PATRICK. The Enforcement Of Morals.
Oxford University Press, London: 1974 0195003055 / 9780195003055 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Lord Devlin disputes the contention in the Wolfenden report on homosexuality that there is a realm of private morality which lies outside the law. In either case, he asserts, the argument depends upon the definition of the public realm. " ...formidable, stimulating and provocative of worthwhile debate." - The Times (London). 
Price: 66.74 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York: 1967. National Studies on International Organization Series. First Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Discusses the role of Germany from 1945 to 1965 with regard to its relations with various United Nations operations. Includes an Index. 
Price: 110.68 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
35 ERIKSON, ROBERT S; WLEZIEN, CHRISTOPHER. The Timeline Of Presidential Elections: How Campaigns Do (and Do Not) Matter.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: 2012. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
With the 2012 presidential election upon us, will voters cast their ballots for the candidates whose platform and positions best match their own? Or will the race for the next president of the United States come down largely to who runs the most effective campaign? It's a question those who study elections have been considering for years with no clear resolution. In The Timeline of Presidential Elections, Robert S. Erikson and Christopher Wlezien reveal for the first time how both factors come into play. Erikson and Wlezien have amassed data from close to two thousand national polls covering every presidential election from 1952 to 2008, allowing them to see how outcomes take shape over the course of an election year. Polls from the beginning of the year, they show, have virtually no predictive power. By mid-April, when the candidates have been identified and matched in pollsters' trial heats, preferences have come into focus—and predicted the winner in eleven of the fifteen elections. But a similar process of forming favorites takes place in the last six months, during which voters' intentions change only gradually, with particular events—including presidential debates—rarely resulting in dramatic change. Ultimately, Erikson and Wlezien show that it is through campaigns that voters are made aware of—or not made aware of—fundamental factors like candidates' policy positions that determine which ticket will get their votes. In other words, fundamentals matter, but only because of campaigns. Timely and compelling, this book will force us to rethink our assumptions about presidential elections. 
Price: 71.25 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
36 ETZIONI, AMITAI. The Hard Way To Peace: A New Strategy.
Collier Books, New York: 1962. First Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. Cover is very worn, but text is clean. 
The author of this book claims that between unilateral disarmament and interminable arms build-up there is Gradualism -t he creation of a psychological atmosphere in which the two sides can once again communicate, followed by gradual arms reduction and a new political strategy to wipe out poverty, illiteracy and disease. Here is a sane, urgently needed program for avoiding thermonuclear destruction. 
Price: 18.48 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
37 FIORINA, MORRIS P. WITH ABRAMS, SAMUEL J. Disconnect: The Breakdown Of Representation In American Politics.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2009. Volume 11 in Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Examines the decline of the political center within America's party system. Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? Morris P. Fiorina here examines today's party system to reassess arguments about party polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate. Building on the arguments of Fiorina's acclaimed Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, this book explains how contemporary politics differs from that of previous eras and considers what might be done to overcome the unproductive politics of recent decades. Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative "political class" and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate; how politicians' rhetoric and activities reflect hot-button issues that are not public priorities; and how politicians' dogmatic, divisive, and uncivil style of "debate" contrasts with the more civil discourse of ordinary Americans, who tend to be more polite and open to compromise than their leaders. Disconnect depicts politicians out of touch with the larger public, distorting issues and information to appeal to narrow interest groups. It can help readers better understand the political divide between leaders and the American public—and help steer a course for change. Morris P. Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Samuel J. Abrams is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Hamilton Center for Political Economy, New York University. "An important contribution to a lively public and scholarly debate about the extent, sources, and consequences of polarization in contemporary American politics."—POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY "First-rate political science . . . Fiorina has once again defined research for another generation of political scientists. Highly recommended." — CHOICE 
Price: 38.90 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
38 FISHER, LOUIS. Supreme Court Expansion Of Presidential Power: Unconstitutional Leanings.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2017. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In the fourth of the Federalist Papers, published in 1787, John Jay warned of absolute monarchs who "will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it." More than two centuries later, are single executives making unilateral decisions any more trustworthy? And have the checks on executive power, so critical in the Founders' drafting of the Constitution, held? These are the questions Louis Fisher pursues in this book. By examining the executive actions of American presidents, particularly after World War II, Fisher reveals how the Supreme Court, through errors and abdications, has expanded presidential power in external affairs beyond constitutional boundaries—and damaged the nation's system of checks and balances. Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power reviews the judicial record from 1789 to the present day to show how the balance of power has shifted over time. For nearly a century and a half, the Supreme Court did not indicate a preference for which of the two elected branches should dominate in the field of external affairs. But from the mid-thirties a pattern clearly emerges, with the Court regularly supporting independent presidential power in times of "emergency," or issues linked to national security. The damage this has done to democracy and constitutional government is profound, Fisher argues. His evidence extends beyond external affairs to issues of domestic policy, such as impoundment of funds, legislative vetoes, item-veto authority, presidential immunity in the Paula Jones case, recess appointments, and the Obama administration's immigration initiatives. Fisher identifies contemporary biases that have led to an increase in presidential power—including Supreme Court misconceptions and errors, academic failings, and mistaken beliefs about "inherent powers" and "unity of office." Calling to account the forces tasked with protecting our democracy from the undue exercise of power by any single executive, his deeply informed book sounds a compelling alarm. Louis Fisher is scholar in residence at The Constitution Project in Washington, DC, and visiting scholar at the William and Mary Law School. From 1970 to 2010 he served in the Library of Congress as senior specialist in separation of powers at Congressional Research Service and specialist in constitutional law at the Law Library. His many books include Constitutional Conflicts between Congress and the President, Sixth Edition, Revised; Presidential War Power, Third Edition, Revised; and Military Tribunals and Presidential Power, winner of the Richard E. Neustadt Award. "This new study of the constitutional demarcations of executive power achieves the difficult task of standing out in a well-explored field."—Choice "In this authoritative account, Louis Fisher demonstrates that federal courts since the 1930s have greatly expanded presidential power, and have done so beyond any fair reading of the original intent of the Framers and the text of the Constitution. They have done so through erroneous readings of historical precedent, the development of doctrines that are based on personal biases toward executive power, and through abdication of their responsibilities to adjudicate by seeking refuge in procedural dodges. Fisher argues that not only the courts should be held accountable for misleading approaches, biased doctrines, and abdication of function, but so should a large part of the public law scholarly community. For the most part legal scholars have not mined the historical record, nor questioned presumptions about executive competence. The result is that both judges and the scholars who comment on their work have legitimized executive power to an extent that has done serious damage not only to the constitutional system, but also to the viability and legitimacy of public policy. Fisher is the dean of public law scholars, and he has produced a hugely valuable study of the non-use and misuse of judicial power in legitimizing the vast expansion of presidential powers."—Richard M. Pious, Adolph and Effie Ochs Professor Emeritus, Barnard College and Columbia University 
Price: 37.95 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
39 FORD, NICK AARON (EDITOR). Language In Uniform: A Reader On Propaganda.
Odyssey Press, New York: 1967. s Softcover. Reading copy. Stain on back cover & at edge of pages. 

Price: 6.89 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
40 FORSTER, REGULA & NEGUIN YAVARI. Global Medieval: Mirrors For Princes Reconsidered.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2015. Ilex Series 15. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Global Medieval: Mirrors for Princes Reconsidered begins with a question: Is a genuine history of political thought in the premodern period possible? The volume brings together mirrors for princes from a variety of historical contexts and lineages of political thought, each with its own international cast of characters and varied modes of advice, sanctified by claims of distant and often alien origins. Placed in a comparative structure, these texts become a powerful lens for exploring ideals and manners of good rule across political, religious, and cultural divides. The temporal frame, focused on the eras preceding the rise of Europe, the advent of modern technologies of communications, and the rule of nation-states, challenges the modern commonplace that insists on an increased velocity of exchange as well as a linear dissemination of ideas as normative of global thought. The global reach, which points to similarities in political thought amid incongruous historical contexts, questions the modern practice of reading the history of political thought as a genealogy of modern political concepts, confined in multivalent demarcations of context, which ultimately and collectively reduce political thought to a prescriptive norm and a universal gospel of liberal values. 
Price: 23.70 USD
Add to Shopping Cart
< PREV  1   2  3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  NEXT >  

Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2019. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by