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1 The Promise Of Party In A Polarized Age.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
At the root of America's broken politics is hyperbolic partisanship. It distorts perceptions, inflames disagreements, and poisons the democratic process. Citizens pine for a time when liberals and conservatives compromised with one another—or they yearn for a post-partisan future when the common good trumps ideology and self-interest. Russell Muirhead argues that better partisanship, not less partisanship, is the solution to America's political predicament. Instead of striving to overcome our differences, we should learn how to engage them. The political conflicts that provide fodder for cable news shows are not simply manufactured from thin air. However sensationalized they become in the retelling, they originate in authentic disagreements over what constitutes the common welfare. Republicans vest responsibility in each citizen for dealing with bad decisions and bad luck, and want every individual and family to enjoy the benefits of good decisions and good luck. Democrats ask citizens to stand together to insure one another against the worst consequences of misfortune or poor judgment, and especially to insure children against some of the consequences of their parents' bad decisions or lack of opportunities. These are fundamental differences that fantasies of bipartisan consensus cannot dissolve. Disagreement without parties is disempowering, Muirhead says. The remedy is not for citizens and elected officials to learn to "just get along" but for them to bring a skeptical sensibility even to their own convictions, and to learn to disagree as partisans and govern through compromise despite those disagreements. Russell Muirhead is Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College. "Muirhead combats the negative connotations of partisanship in the United States. Although he treasures his friends who agree with him on vital issues decided by legislatures, presidents and judges, the author also values his friends who disagree with him. Their thinking, he writes, provokes him to marshal his arguments and stimulate his mind to consider alternatives. To Muirhead, political disagreements should be resolved through dialogue and active discussion whenever practical. In this philosophical but clearly written book, the author examines how party loyalists can reach common ground, providing ample real-world examples of successful bipartisanship."—Kirkus Reviews "Muirhead brings us a thoughtful consideration of partisanship in American politics, which by his lights 'encounters fewer limits' than in the past and 'threatens to render the government incapable of governing.' Party politics 'have lost their veneer of civility and mutual respect' and are less bridled by 'constitutional propriety.' The common good, he warns, is the loser in all this. Muirhead dissects the ambition of power seekers, mindset of moral purists, and unreason of zealots of all persuasions… This sensible, readable book deserves more than an academic audience. It might serve as remedial fare for elected officials and party leaders with a vested interest in self-promotional polarities."—Publishers Weekly "At a time of partisan gridlock, Russ Muirhead challenges conventional wisdom and offers a bold, compelling defense of 'party spirit.' The solution to the polarized politics of today is not bipartisan or post-partisan politics, he argues, but a better kind of partisanship. This illuminating account of the role party loyalties should play in democratic life will find its place among the classics of the field—Samuel Beer, E. E. Schattschneider, Woodrow Wilson, Edmund Burke."—Michael J. Sandel, author of What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets 
Price: 33.25 USD
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2 AMERY, L.S. Thought On The Constitution.
Oxford University Press, London: 1964. s Softcover. Fair condition. Cover has slight scratches. Some writing on cover page. 
Established itself as a cogent and illuminating study of the nature and working of the Bristish Constitution, and it has been in continuous and steady demand. Includes an Index. 
Price: 9.26 USD
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3 APTHEKER, HERBERT. The World Of C. Wright Mills.
Marzani & Munsell, New York: 1977. 0527030031 / 9780527030032 h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. Former library book with stamps and usual markings 

Price: 33.01 USD
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4 ARNOLD, JASON ROSS. Secrecy In The Sunshine Era: The Promise And Failures Of U.s. Open Government Laws.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A series of laws passed in the 1970s promised the nation unprecedented transparency in government, a veritable sunshine era. Though citizens enjoyed a new arsenal of secrecy-busting tools, officials developed a handy set of workarounds, from over classification to concealment, shredding, and burning. It is this dark side of the sunshine era that Jason Ross Arnold explores in the first comprehensive, comparative history of presidential resistance to the new legal regime, from Reagan-Bush to the first term of Obama-Biden. After examining what makes a necessary and unnecessary secret, Arnold considers the causes of excessive secrecy, and why we observe variation across administrations. While some administrations deserve the scorn of critics for exceptional secrecy, the book shows excessive secrecy was a persistent problem well before 9/11, during Democratic and Republican administrations alike. Regardless of party, administrations have consistently worked to weaken the systems legal foundations. The book reveals episode after episode of evasive maneuvers, rule bending, clever rhetorical gambits, and downright defiance; an army of secrecy workers in a dizzying array of institutions labels all manner of documents top secret, while other government workers and agencies manage to suppress information with a sensitive but unclassified designation. For example, the health effects of Agent Orange, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria leaking out of Midwestern hog farms are considered too sensitive for public consumption. These examples and many more document how vast the secrecy system has grown during the sunshine era. Rife with stories of vital scientific evidence withheld, justice eluded, legalities circumvented, and the public interest flouted, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era reveals how our information society has been kept in the dark in too many ways and for too long. Jason Ross Arnold is assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has previously published articles on public ignorance, corruption, and public opinion. George de Mohrenschildt was born in 1911 in the present-day Republic of Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1938, sixteen years after his family escaped to Poland from the Soviet Union. Fluent in several languages and already well-educated, he received a masters degree in petroleum geology from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1945. In 1952, he moved to Dallas, where he livedwith a few years sojourn in Haitiuntil 1977, when, shortly after learning that a congressional committee investigating the assassinations of the 1960s wanted him to testify, he took his own life. "Arnold details the extent to which administrations since the adoption of sunshine legislation have worked, not so quietly, to find ways around those laws." —Choice "Arnolds powerful analysis of the unanticipated consequences of sunshine era legislation, from Reagan-Bush through Obama-Biden, is a must-read for anyone interested in current debates about transparency and accountability."—Katherine Scott, Ph.D., author of Reining in the State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras 
Price: 37.95 USD
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5 BALOGH, SANDOR. Autonomy And The New World Order - A Solution To The Nationality Problem.
Matthias Corvinus Publishing, Buffalo: 1999. 1882785118 / 9781882785117 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
The author, who grew up in Communist Hungary, calls upon the United Nations to intervene in various trouble spots in order to realize the goal of self-determination. Specifically deals with Bosnia, Israel, and the Congo. 
Price: 37.05 USD
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Vintage Books, New York: 1963. s Softcover. Fair condition. Remainder mark on bottom edge. 
"...well written and provides valuable insight into the political system of cities not found in the typical city-government textbook." -Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Includes an Index. 
Price: 15.91 USD
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7 BARBER, SOTIRIOS A. Constitutional Failure.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Americans err in thinking that while their politics may be ailing, their Constitution is fine. Sick politics is a sure sign of constitutional failure. This is Sotirios Barbers message in Constitutional Failure. Public attitudes fostered by a consumer culture, constitution worship, the lack of a trusted leadership community, and academic historicism and value skepticism—these, this book tells us in clear and bracing terms, are at the root of our political dysfunction. Barber characterizes the Constitution as a plan of government—a set of means to public purposes like national security and prosperity. He argues that if the government is failing, its fair to conclude that the plan is failing and that laws that are supposed to serve as means cant in reason continue to bind when they no longer work. He argues further that constitutional success depends ultimately on a stratum of diverse and self-critical citizens, who see each other as moral equals and parts of one national community. These citizens, with the politicians among them, would be good-faith contestants regarding the meaning of the common good and the most effective means to secure it. In this way—showing how the success of a constitutional democracy is more a matter of political attitudes than of institutional performance—Barbers book upends the conventional understanding of constitutional failure. In Barbers analysis, the apparent stability of formal constitutional institutions—usually interpreted as evidence of constitutional health—may actually indicate the defining element of constitutional failure: a mentally inert citizenry no longer capable of constitutional reflection and reform. At once concise and thorough in its analysis of the concept of constitutional failure and its accounts of a healthy politics, the corrosive impact of Madisonian checks and balances (as a substitute for trust-worthy leadership), and the outlook for meaningful reform, this book offers a carefully reasoned and provocative assessment of the viability of constitutional governance in the United States. Sotirios A. Barber is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books including Welfare and Constitution, On What the Constitution Means, and The Fallacies of States Rights. "[Barber] contends the constitutional system is not coping with fiscal problems and global warming, and is not serving a permanent underclass. Constitutional malady goes deeper than fixing partisan gerrymandering and campaign finance. In particular, he addresses the ARticle V provision No State, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate. This provision enables a small percentage of the population to veto vital policies." ---Choice "Barbers provocative Constitutional Failure makes us confront the fact that the American Constitution might be failing. Yet in taking this prospect seriously Barber helps us think more clearly about what it means for the Constitution to succeed. In doing so, he also reveals that the best defenders of the Constitution are those who are willing to take its shortcomings seriously." ---George Thomas, author of The Madisonian Constitution 
Price: 28.45 USD
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8 BARNET, RICHARD J. Real Security: Restoring American Power In A Dangerous Decade.
Simon and Schuster, New York: 1981. 0671431668 / 9780671431662 A Touchstone Book. First Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. Name of previous owner appears in front of book. 
Argues persuasively that nuclear superiority, even if it were achievable would not assure world peace. Makes the case that arms limitation agreements can create a positive political climate. Includes an Index. 
Price: 3.80 USD
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9 BARNET, RICHARD J. ( REVISED AND UPDATED BY). Intervention And Revolution: The United States In The Third World.
New American Library, New York: 1980. First Printing. s Softcover. Fair condition. Cover has slight creasing. Pages are discolored. 
"Fast moving, witty, packed with useful facts... the book should be extremely useful to college teachers." -The New York Times 
Price: 10.93 USD
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10 BARRETT, DAVID M. The Cia And Congress: The Untold Story From Truman To Kennedy.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2017. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
D.B. Hardeman Prize Winner. From its inception more than half a century ago and for decades afterward, the Central Intelligence Agency was deeply shrouded in secrecy, with little or no real oversight by Congress—or so many Americans believe. David M. Barrett reveals, however, that during the agencys first fifteen years, Congress often monitored the CIAs actions and plans, sometimes aggressively. Drawing on a wealth of newly declassified documents, research at some two dozen archives, and interviews with former officials, Barrett provides an unprecedented and often colorful account of relations between American spymasters and Capitol Hill. He chronicles the CIAs dealings with senior legislators who were haunted by memories of our intelligence failure at Pearl Harbor and yet riddled with fears that such an organization might morph into an American Gestapo. He focuses in particular on the efforts of Congress to monitor, finance, and control the agencys activities from the creation of the national security state in 1947 through the planning for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. Along the way, Barrett highlights how Congress criticized the agency for failing to predict the first Soviet atomic test, the startling appearance of Sputnik over American air space, and the overthrow of Iraqs pro-American government in 1958. He also explores how Congress viewed the CIAs handling of Senator McCarthys charges of communist infiltration, the crisis created by the downing of a U-2 spy plane, and President Eisenhowers complaint that Congress meddled too much in CIA matters. Ironically, as Barrett shows, Congress itself often pushed the agency to expand its covert operations against other nations. The CIA and Congress provides a much-needed historical perspective for current debates in Congress and beyond concerning the agencys recent failures and ultimate fate. In our post-9/11 era, it shows that anxieties over the challenges to democracy posed by our intelligence communities have been with us from the very beginning. David M. Barrett is professor of political science at Villanova University and author of Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam Papers and Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers. "Barrett's study is both fascinating and provocative, and it is unquestionably one of the most important books ever published on the early history of the CIA. . . . I sincerely hope that this book finds an audience outside of academic circles. Members of the intelligence committees in the House and Senate would benefit from reading this cautionary tale of what can go wrong when leaders fail to ask tough questions and demand openness." —H-Net Reviews "A significant contribution to the history of the Cold War; to the cause of scholarly access to vital material; and to the current debate on intelligence, executive power, and democratic values."—Historian 
Price: 33.20 USD
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11 BELOFF, MAX. The Intellectual In Politics And Other Essays.
The Library Press, New York: 1971. 0912050020 / 9780912050027 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket has two small rips. 

Price: 12.11 USD
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12 BENNETT, DANIEL. Defending Faith: The Politics Of The Christian Conservative Legal Movement.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2017. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
When, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the US Supreme Court held that bans on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution, Christian conservative legal organizations (CCLOs) decried the ruling. Foreseeing an "assault against Christians," Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver declared, "We are entering a cultural civil war." Many would argue that a cultural war was already well underway; and yet, as this timely book makes clear, the stakes, the forces engaged, and the strategies employed have undergone profound changes in recent years. In Defending Faith, Daniel Bennett shows how the Christian legal movement (CLM) and its affiliated organizations arrived at this moment in time. He explains how CCLOs advocate for issues central to Christian conservatives, highlights the influence of religious liberty on the CLM's broader agenda, and reveals how the Christian Right has become accustomed to the courts as a field of battle in today's culture wars. On one level a book about how the Christian Right mobilized and organized an effective presence on an unavoidable front in battles over social policy, the courtroom, Defending Faith is also a case study of interest groups pursuing common goals while maintaining unique identities. As different as these proliferating groups might be, they are alike in increasingly construing their efforts as a defense of religious freedom against hostile forces throughout American society—and thus as benefitting society as a whole rather than limiting the rights of certain groups. The first holistic, wide-angle picture of the Christian legal movement in the United States, Bennetts work tells the story of the growth of a powerful legal community and of the development of legal advocacy as a tool of social and political engagement. Daniel Bennett is assistant professor of political science at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. "An excellent introduction to the various active Christian conservative legal organizations." —Choice "Defending Faith offers the first fine-grained study of the Christian Legal Movement. It shows how the Christian Right, once a movement that confidently spoke of a "moral majority," now increasingly asserts the rights of an aggrieved and persecuted minority. That shift raises an important question: Is the Christian Right's embrace of the language of minority victimhood a promising strategy, or further evidence that its destined to lose the culture wars?"—Jon A. Shields, author of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right 
Price: 33.20 USD
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13 BERLIN, ISAIAH. Four Essays On Liberty.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 1970. Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Cotains: Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century, Historical Inevitability, Two Concepts of Liberty, and John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life. Includes an Index. 
Price: 47.50 USD
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14 BLACKETT, P. M. S. Fear, War, And The Bomb: Military And Political Consequences Of Atomic Energy.
Whittlesey House, New York: 1949. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Reading copy. 

Price: 10.93 USD
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15 BLANK, BLANCHE D. American Government & Politics A Critical Introduction.
Aldine Publishing Company, Chicago: 1973. 020224136X / 9780202241364 s Softcover. Good condition. 

Price: 19.00 USD
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16 BOLTON, LINDA. Facing The Other: Ethical Disruption And The American Mind.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Linda Bolton uses six extraordinarily resonant moments in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history to highlight the ethical challenge that the treatment of Native and African persons presented to the new republic's ideal of freedom. Most daringly, she examines the efficacy of the Declaration of Independence as a revolutionary text and explores the provocative question "What happens when freedom eclipses justice, when freedom breeds injustice?" Guided by the intellectual influence of philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, Bolton asserts that the traditional subject-centered—or "I"—concept of freedom is dependent on the transcendent presence of the "Other," and thus freedom becomes a privilege subordinate to justice. There can be no authentic freedom as long as others, whether Native or African, are reduced from full human beings to concepts and thus properties of control and power. Bolton begins with J. Hector St. John de CrŹvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer, Thomas Paine's incendiary political treatises, and Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence in tracing the celebrations of the a priori right to freedom at America's founding. She then explores three critiques of the ideal of freedom insofar as it allows the persecution of others: Frederick Douglass's oratories, Native American Sarah Winnemucca's stage performances as an Indian princess, and radical abolitionist John Brown's violent raid on Harpers Ferry. Bolton shows that it is the "face of the other" that interrupts the American discourse on freedom to reveal freedom's limits and its obligation to justice. An eloquent and thoughtful re-reading of the U.S. touchstones of democracy, this book argues forcefully for an ethical understanding of American literary history. 
Price: 23.70 USD
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17 BOULDING, KENNETH E. (EDITOR) Peace And The War Industry.
Aldine Publishing: 1971. This is Transaction Book 11. First Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
The essays in this book originally appeared in Trans-action Magazine. Collectively, these articles present the most serious questions social scientistshave been asking about problems of war and peace, and offer hope that the present international system, dangerous and appallingly costly as it is, may offer enough stability to give us time to transform it into something that better serves human needs. 
Price: 11.16 USD
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18 BOZEMAN, ADDA B. Politics And Culture In International History.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1960. First Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Presenting a completely new way of looking at international affairs, this book addresses itself to the intellectual and political crises that have ensued from the encounter of different, often antagonistic, civilizations, and to the need of locating widely meaningful principles of unity and agreement. It views history as an indivisible whole, a universally shared fund of human experience. Includes an Index. 
Price: 27.79 USD
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19 BURKE, EDMUND; HILL, E. W. (EDITOR). Edmund Burke On Government Politics And Society.
The Harvester Press, Sussex: 1975. 0855270845 / 9780855270841 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 41.80 USD
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20 BURNS, JAMES MACGREGOR. The Deadlock Of Democracy In America: Four-party Politics In America.
Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood: 1963. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good reading copy. Dustjacket fair. 
This is a milestone in political science literature-absorbingly written, solidly researched, imaginative in its ideas. It will cause controversy-and it will affect the future of American politics. 
Price: 13.78 USD
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