Kevin C. Murphy
American Political Thought Reading List
Professor Ira Katznelson
Last Revised: 4/5/04

Novus Ordo Seclorum: Political Thought at the Founding.

Appleby, Joyce. Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination.
Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.
Hamilton, Alexander, et al. The Federalist Papers.
Kramnick, Isaac. Republicanism and Bourgeois Radicalism: Political Ideology in Late Eighteenth-Century England and America.
Locke, John. Second Treatise on Government.
Lutz, Donald. The Origins of American Constitutionalism.
McDonald, Forrest. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution.
Meyers, Marvin, ed. The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison.
Morgan, Edmund. Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America.
Pocock, J.G.A. The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition.
Rakove, Jack. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.
Wood, Gordon. The Radicalism of the American Revolution.

Since the Founding: American Political Thought in Practice.

Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward.
Calhoun, John C. A Disquisition on Government.
Croly, Herbert. The Promise of American Life.
Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk.
Fehrenbacher, Don E. Abraham Lincoln: A Documentary Portrait.
Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Affluent Society.
Greenstone, J. David. The Lincoln Persuasion: Remaking American Liberalism.
Hartz, Louis. The Liberal Tradition in America.
Hansen, Olaf, ed. Randolph Bourne: The Radical Will: Selected Writings 1911-1918.
McClay, Wilfred. The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America.
Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club.
Ryan, Alan. John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism.
Sandel, Michael. Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy.
Smith, Rogers M. Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in US History.
Veblen, Thorstein, Theory of the Leisure Class.

Assessing (and Educating) the American Democrat.

Barber, Benjamin. An Aristocracy of Everyone.
Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind.
Cavell, Stanley. Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome.
De Crevecoeur, Hector St. Jean. "Letters from an American Farmer"
De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Representative Men.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Self-Reliance.
Lasch, Christopher. The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics.
Levine, Lawrence. The Opening of the American Mind.
Mencken, H.L., The Vintage Mencken.
Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty.
Mill John Stuart. On the Subjection of Women.

Liberalism Embattled: Challenges, Alternatives, Renewals.

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism.
Barber, Benjamin. Jihad vs. McWorld.
Berlin, Isaiah, "Two Concepts of Liberty."
Dahl, Robert. Democracy and its Critics.
Fukuyama, Francis. The End of History and the Last Man.
Gutmann, Amy, and Dennis Thompson. Democracy and Disagreement.
Hayek, F. A. The Road to Serfdom.
Katznelson, Ira. Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik.
Mehta, Uday. Liberalism and Empire.
Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, & Utopia.
Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.
Rawls, John. Justice as Fairness: A Restatement.
Sandel, Michael. Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.
Schumpeter, Joseph. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy.
Skinner, Quentin. Liberty before Liberalism.
West, Cornel. The Cornel West Reader.

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