Politics

Politics

On Tyranny summary

On Tyranny is a short but powerful book which looks at how democracies can turn into a tyrannical regime. The book, by eminent historian Timothy Snyder, is a guide and warning as to how easy it is to slip into tyranny. Snyder wrote the book in response to the election of Donald Trump. After the […]

Politics

Utopia For Realists summary

Utopia For Realists is one of the most thought-provoking and inspiring books I have read in a long time. It’s written by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman. That name may sound familiar. That’s because he went viral at the World Economic Forum for deriding billionaires over their lack of commitment to raising taxes to help eradicate […]

Philosophy, Politics

The Prince Summary

The Prince is one of the most important political texts ever written. The importance of the book can be signified by the fact that the presented in the book are referred to as Machiavellian, after the author, Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli looks at how political power can be won and maintained. Despite writing the book in […]

Politics

How To Be Right summary

How To Be Right is a book by British radio talk show host James O’Brien. If you’re unfamiliar with O’Brien, he is notorious in the UK for clips where he ‘schools’ callers on their beliefs. It’s worth watching a few of them on YouTube before you read the book. You’ll get a better understanding of […]

Politics

Adults In The Room Summary

Adults In The Room takes a look at the Greek financial crisis through the eyes of Yanis Varoufakis, who was the Greek Finance Minister from January to July 2015. The book is a riveting account of his time as a minister and his dealings with the European Union, as he negotiated a new bailout package. […]

Politics

Twilight of Democracy summary

Twilight of Democracy is a fascinating and personal book by the American-Polish historian, Anne Applebaum, which looks at the threats facing democracy today. What makes this book different from others, is that Applebaum is familiar with many politicians in power around the world today. She recounts how she used to speak to Boris Johnson on […]

Politics

The Communist Manifesto summary

Whatever you think of communism, The Communist Manifesto remains one of the most important documents ever written. It inspired numerous revolutions across the globe and despite being written in 1848 is still relevant today. Indeed, there are many people around the globe who live in Communist states to this day. Marx and Engels were prophetic […]

Politics

Homage to Catalonia Summary

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. It is perhaps the best primary account of the war in the English language. Orwell’s account drives home the reality of war, which is that a lot of it is mundane. We expect fantastic battles due to the overexposure […]

Politics

How Democracies Die Summary

How Democracies Die is an interesting look at how democracies can be subverted from within. We often think democracies are overthrown, but the truth is that they are often broken from within. Democracies are susceptible to being turned into authoritarian states. As the book shows, it happened in Peru, Chile and is currently happening in […]

Politics

The Shock Doctrine Summary

The Shock Doctrine is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The book looks at the history of shock therapy and how it dovetails with disaster capitalism to subvert the democratic wishes of the population. It’s safe to say that this book blew my mind. I was vaguely aware of some of […]