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American Political Thought The Philosophic Dimension of American Statesmanship

ISBN-10: 1412811392
ISBN-13: 9781412811392
Edition: 3rd 2010
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Description: This book focuses on the political thought of American statesmen. These statesmen have had consistent and comprehensive views of the good of the country and their actions have been informed by those views. The editors argue that political life in  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 3/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 467
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This book focuses on the political thought of American statesmen. These statesmen have had consistent and comprehensive views of the good of the country and their actions have been informed by those views. The editors argue that political life in America has been punctuated by three great crises in its history-the crisis of the Founding, the crisis of the House Divided, and the crisis of the Great Depression. The Second World War was a crisis not just for America but for the whole of Western Civilization and, in the wake of that war, a new crisis arose which came to be called the "Cold War." Just when that gave the appearance of being resolved, the world reached a new juncture, a new crisis, which Samuel P. Huntington dubbed the "clash of civilizations." The statesmen having political responsibility in confronting the first three crises in Americars"s history came as close to philosophic grasp of the problems of liberal democracy as one could demand from those embroiled in the active resolution of events. Their reflection of political philosophy in the full sense informed their actions. Since we cannot confidently explain the future, Aristotle warned us to call no man happy while he still lives. Thus the book, in its third edition, keeps to its settled pattern of dealing with settled matters. The preface to the third edition confronts the three later crises and, to the extent consistent with truth, attempts to relate them to the first three.Morton J. Frisch was professor emeritus of political science at Northern Illinois University. He was the author or editor of several books, including Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton ; Alexander Hamilton and the Political Order ; and Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Contribution of the New Deal to American Political Thought and Practice .Richard G. Stevens retired from National Defense University as professor of political science in 1994. Since then he has taught as an adjunct professor of government at American University. He is co-editor with Matthew J. Franck of Sober as a Judge: The Supreme Court and Republican Liberty , and the author of The American Constitution and Its Provenance ; Reason and History in Judicial Judgment: Felix Frankfurter and Due Process ; and Political Philosophy: An Introduction .

Preface to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
A Tribute
Introduction
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Alexander Hamilton
The Constitutional Convention: Toward a More Perfect UNION
The Federalist
John Marshall
Joseph Story
John C. Calhoun
Roger Taney
Abraham Lincoln
Frederick Douglass
Elihu Root
Woodrow Wilson
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Felix Frankfurter
Dean Acheson
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