good books on political science for AP Gov

"The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli

  • Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince" has been so influential that its author's name has become an adjective representative of an entire political approach. Though Machiavelli was personally unsuccessful as a Florentine politician, his theories were widely read during the 16th century and are still read today. "The Prince" suggests that, for a leader, "it is better to be feared, than loved." By intimidating and controlling his or her constituents, Machiavelli argued, a leader has a greater opportunity to enact benevolent and productive public policy.

"Two Treatises of Government" by John Locke

  • "Two Treatises of Government" by John Locke was first published in 1689, though Locke himself was dissatisfied with printing errors in the editions distributed during his lifetime. Spurred by the "Glorious Revolution" in England, Locke's work leveled a critique of authoritarian rulers who claimed divine right and argued for the legitimacy of laws which limited the powers of government. His writings have inspired modern liberalism and were a major influence on the American and French Revolutions in the 18th century.

"Diplomacy" by Henry Kissinger

  • Henry Kissinger's "Diplomacy" reflects the work of one of the 20th century's most important American political figures. Kissinger, who was the National Security Adviser and Secretary of State during the Nixon and Ford administrations, was a controversial figure, often advocating intimidation and other brutal methods to achieve a political end. His 900-page tome follows international political history from the early 17th century through the late 20th century, reflecting on the continuities in diplomatic policy and the traditions of American diplomacy.

2012-9-13 9:46:14

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