Summary: Here Martin van Creveld reviews one of the most interesting recent books about politics. It is of great relevance as the Second Republic (built on the Constitution) slowly dies. Harsh insights are needed to save it, or perhaps to build a better Third Republic on its ruins.
“Book of the Month”
The Dictator’s Handbook:
Why Bad Behavior is
Almost Always Good Politics
By Martin van Creveld.
From his website, 14 September 2017.
Re-posted with his generous permission.
Review of The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith (2011).
From time to time, as if by some miracle, one has the pleasure of coming across a good book on political science. A book, say, like Kautilya’s The Arthashastra (The Science of Politics) which goes back to the third century BCE. Or Machiavelli’s The…
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