Saturday, December 16, 2006

Books I Wish I Owned (1)

During my time reading politics at university, there were several books I kept promising myself I would purchase, but I never quite got around to doing so. They're either really great books, or the kind of thing that any self-respecting leftie should have on their bookshelf, or both. Aside from the one in honour of G.A. Cohen, which I've not read, but which just sounds interesting. Hopefully my new situation (see post below) means I can acquire some of them in the new year, but I thought I'd post about them here, in case anybody reading wanted something longer to thumb through over the Christmas break.

English Question by Robert Hazell (2006)

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (Issues of Our Time) by Amartya Sen,

Kinnock, The Biography. Martin Westlake, London: Little, Brown and Company 2001. pp. 768.

A Short History of the Liberal Party 1900-2001 by Chris Cook

Critical Elections: British Parties and Voters in Long-term Perspective (Paperback) by Geoffrey Evans (Author), Pippa Norris (Author)

Electoral Systems and Party Systems_A Study of Twenty-Seven Democracies, 1945-1990 by Arend Lijphart

Selections from the Prison Notebooks (Paperback) by Antonio Gramsci

The Future of Socialism (Paperback) by Anthony Crosland (Author), Gordon Brown (Introduction)
History, Labour, and Freedom (1988) by G.A. Cohen

Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality (1995) by G.A. Cohen

The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G. A. Cohen (2006); edited by Christine Sypnowich

The Rise Of The Meritocracy in 1958, by Michael Young

There were others, but I can't recall their full titles and authors off the top of my head.

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Blogger Hamer Shawcross said...

I can strongly recommend "Meritocracy", scrybe, and CONGRATULATIONS!

12/16/2006 1:28 PM  
Anonymous David Floyd said...

I've got 'The Future of Socialism' and 'The Rise of the Meritocracy', although my copy of the 'The Rise of the Meritocracy' belongs to someone else who might read this and want it back.

12/16/2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger Scrybe said...

Yes, "Meritocracy" is a brilliant read. Alas, I only got two-thirds of the way through it before a huge heap of work landed on top of me and the lease on it (from library) ran out.

I returned it and never did get around to reading the end. :-(

Hamers- see the comments on my Happy Bunnyness Revealed post.

12/17/2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger A soft socialist said...

Future of socialism is one I really want to read. Especially due to Crosland's excellent comments on grammar schools.

12/17/2006 11:25 PM  

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