Politics and Power: Who Should Rule by Terry Hoy
Subject: Political Philosophy
Okay, so I know this is a pretty old title, seeing as the only edition published was back in 1968. This was the catalyst to my interests in philosophy in general, specifically politics. I was required to write a 3 page paper on a topic of my choice, and this began as one of my references. It also happens to be the first book I had ever read from cover to cover without being required. Once I picked it up, my brain became a sponge.
The book itself covers over 2000 years of political philosophy with regards to government rule. From Plato (The Rule of the Wise), to Locke and Pareto, Hitler and Lenin, to finally Jefferson and Madison on American Democracy. This book has it all. It presents translated texts of the great thinkers, as well as the generally accepted meanings. For anyone who is interested in understanding how government philosophy evolved into what it is today, I highly recommend finding a copy of this book. It’s getting more and more difficult to find, though I suspect a second edition will eventually be printed or released in electronic form.