James Burnham

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Narrated By: Jeff Riggenbach

Duration: 9 hours and 11 minutes

What to expect

This classic work of political theory and practice offers an account of the modern Machiavellians, a remarkable group who have been influential in Europe and practically unknown in the United States. The book devotes a long section to Machiavelli himself as well as to such modern Machiavellians as Gaetano Mosca, Georges Sorel, Robert Michels and Vilfredo Pareto. Burnham contends that the writings of these men hold the key both to the truth about politics and to the preservation of political liberty.


Philosophy, Political science and theory

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“Burnham is the greatest political analyst of our century and this is his best book.”