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Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Nicholas Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundation of Modern Democracy and of Human Rights, 18 May 2014
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Nicholas Vincent's 'rather short introduction' to the Magna Carta is the most comprehensive review of the events leading up to and agreement by King John of the demands of the Barons in 1215 of the Magna Carta which resonates today in over 100 countries throughout the world, affecting the lives of over a billion people. With the 800th anniversary commemoration coming up in 2015, it is timely, authoritative, and well written, and should be in the library of every responsible citizen in countries who are governed by the rule of law. In its way, it is a blueprint for the transfer of sovereignty from dictators, however benevolent, to the people in totalitarian societies.


Public Opinion and Democracy: Vox Populi Vox Dei? (Hampton Press Communication)
Public Opinion and Democracy: Vox Populi Vox Dei? (Hampton Press Communication)
by Slavko Splichal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

5.0 out of 5 stars First rate, 11 May 2013
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Professor Splichel is the clearest thinker on public opinion in the world in my opinion, and too little known for his erudition and application of intellect upon a much commented but little understood subject. His books should be on every journalist's, every political scientist's and macro-economist's, social scientist's for that matter, reading list.


The History of the Magna Carta: A Brief History with the Original Magna Carta
The History of the Magna Carta: A Brief History with the Original Magna Carta
by James K. Wheaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.21

3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by typos, 11 May 2013
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I'm sorry to say that while the content is there, it's been said many times before, and much better, in publications which don't seem to have a typo on every other page. Off putting.


The Prisoner's Dilemma
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Price: £4.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 11 May 2013
Just finished "The Prisoner's Dilemma' by Sean Stuart O'Connor. Best novel I've read in years; gripping, complex plot, thoughtful. Others have already commented on the interplay between Hume, Adam Smith, and Kant (Miss). But the complexity of the characters and their vivid portrayal put the 'great minds' to secondary roles as the novel races on to its 'logical' conclusion (but that would give the plot away). It'll contribute to my thinking about the deeper questions of life (and death) for years to come. It'll make a great play or movie. Sir Robert Worcester


The New British Constitution
The New British Constitution
by Vernon Bogdanor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.90

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Man, 23 Jan. 2010
Vernon Bogdanor is a wise man, and this wise book is well researched, thoughtfully argued, and written in a literate style which makes for an easy read. Bogdanor's thorough knowledge of the reasoning of the constitutional 'greats' underpins his explanations of the historical background and its relevance to the modern political imperatives which bring us to the cusp of a revolution in British constitutional history, the abandonment of the unwritten constitution and the recognition that sovereignty is finally residing in the people, not any longer the Queen in Parliament.


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