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This book is not an easy read, but it is truly a fantastic book with interesting ideas. For content, I give it 5 stars. The problem is that pages are coming free from the binding and simply falling out of the book. I expect more from a brand new, expensive book I expect to remain in our permanent collection. If you purchase this book, be sure to flip through the pages right away so if your binding is also weak, you can exchange it in the return window. We waited too long.
This book has been awarded one of two Honorable Mentions for the 2001 Best First Book Prize from the Foundations of Political Theory division of the American Political Science Association. The citation reads as follows: Patrick Deneen's The Odyssey of Political Theory is an engagingly written and elegantly crafted study of the long half-life of the figure of Odysseus in political theory. Deneen explores the fascination evinced by philosophers such as Plato, Rousseau, Adorno, and Horkheimer with the political themes and dilemmas on display in Homer's epic. And he adds to these hermeneutic contributions a thoughtful meditation of the lessons of the Odyssey for the contemporary confrontation of the claims of cosmopolitanism and particularism upon our loyalties.