Book of the Week

Andrew Sabl, Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics, Princeton University Press, 2002. When I arrived at Harvard in 1995, Andy was at work on the PhD version of this project, which has now made it into book form. A very fine book it has become, too, and one which pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing the world of academic democratic theory into a dialogue with the real world of American politics without trivialising either realm of speech and action. And he’s very fond of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, which can only be a good thing. There’s an interview with the author here, if you want to find out what it’s all (mostly?) about in a relatively painless fashion.

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