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The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt

Mary Ann Glendon


The relationship between politics and the academy has been fraught with tension and regret—and the occasional brilliant success—since Plato himself. This book examines thinkers who have collaborated with leaders, from ancient Syracuse to the modern White House, in a series of brisk portraits that explore the meeting of theory and reality. The book discusses a roster of great names, from Edmund Burke to Alexis de Tocqueville, Machiavelli to Rousseau, John Locke to Max Weber, down to Charles Malik, who helped Eleanor Roosevelt draft the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With each, it e ... More

Keywords: academy, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, public office, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Tribonian, Portalis, Napoleon, civil code, Plato

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Ann Glendon, author
Harvard Law School