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This book tells a history of the USA using over 1000 primary sources & documents. Fascinating articles, history-making speeches, moving personal letters, momentous court cases etc. paint an in-depth portrait of American life in all arenas: political, social, religious & cultural. Brief introduction by the authors give background information for each document. Every issue is covered from the Declaration of Independence & the Bill of Rights to Brown vs. the Board of Education & Roe vs. Wade.
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Peter KellnerI came across Our Nation’s Archive on holiday in America a few years ago. I wandered into a bookshop and found this huge, 800-page A4-format book and brought it home in my hand luggage. The reason I fell in love with it is because it contains the story of the United States in documents. That sounds very dry but it isn’t. Because, as well as the obvious things – the Gettysburg address, the... (Source)

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. less
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Peter KellnerF M Cornford was a Cambridge academic and he wrote this very short satire, not much more than a pamphlet, on university politics. In fact it is a wonderful satire on all politics. And some of our most familiar phrases, such as ‘the thin end of the wedge’ and ‘the principle of the unripe time’ or ‘setting a dangerous precedent’ all appeared in the Microcosmographia Academica. (Source)

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The British General Election Of 1945

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Peter KellnerPeople call it the Nuffield series because it originated in Nuffield College in Oxford after the general election of 1945, and then it has been produced after every general election since the Second World War – 16 so far. The remarkable thing is that over a 60-year span, David Butler has been involved in every single one since writing the statistical appendix as an undergraduate in the summer of... (Source)

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The Penguin Essays Of George Orwell

This outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes My Country Right or Left, Decline of the English Murder, Shooting an Elephant and A Hanging.

With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from the moral enormity of Jonathan Swift’s strange genius and a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, a comic yet profound discussion of naughty sea-side picture postcards and a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost...
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Peter KellnerGeorge Orwell was not only an extraordinary writer but he also hated any form of cant. Some of his most widely read works such as 1984 and Animal Farm are an assault on the nastier, narrow-minded, dictatorial tendencies of the left, although Orwell was himself on the left. (Source)

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Essays in Persuasion (1932)

This reissue of the authoritative Royal Economic Society edition of Essays in Persuasion features a new introduction by Donald Moggridge, which discusses the significance of this definitive work. The essays in this volume show Keynes' attempts to influence the course of events by public persuasion over the period of 1919-40.

Warren BuffettReading Keynes will make you smarter about securities and markets, I'm not sure reading most economists would do the same. (Source)

Peter KellnerThis volume spans the aftermath of the First World War and his assault on the Versailles Treaty and the damage it was going to cause, through to the 1920s and 30s and the arguments over the gold standard, right to his writing on how to pay for the Second World War. (Source)

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