On politics a history of political thought from herodotus to the present 2 vol set alan ryan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers three decades in the making one of the most ambitious and comprehensive histories of political philosophy in nearly a century both a history and an examination of human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years. An ambitious survey not of politics itself but of the way westerners have thought about politics for 2500 years ryan politics princeton univ john dewey and the high tide of american liberalism 1997 etc has written a massive book one a long time in the makingthats understandable for he has a tremendous amount of ground to cover. On politics a history of political thought from herodotus to the present by alan ryan s a magisterial work that brings together some of the great thinkers in western political philosophy and summarizes their points and the history behind them. Alan ryan was born in london in 1940 and taught for many years at oxford where he was a fellow of new college and reader in politics he was professor of politics at princeton from 1988 to 1996 when he returned to oxford to become warden of new college and professor of political theory until his retirement in 2009
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