The Honey and the Hemlock
Democracy and Paranoia in Ancient Athens and Modern America
Examining Athenian democracy as an object lesson for democracy in general, and invoking Freud as his guide in this task, Eli Sagan explores the startling contradictions in the society of Athens: its delicious honey and its deadly hemlock.
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"The highest praise that I can bestow upon The Honey and the Hemlock by Eli Sagan is that it's the political equivalent of Harold Bloom's remarkable The Book of J--an audacious rereading of ancient texts that take on new and startling meaning when seen through the eyes of a daring interpreter."--Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times