The key to human nature that Marx found in wealth and Freud in sex, Bertrand Russell finds in power. Power, he argues, is man's ultimate goal, and is, in its many guises, the single most important element in the development of any society. Writting in the late 1930s when Europe was being torn apart by extremist ideologies and the world was on the brink of war, Russell set out to found a 'new science' to make sense of the traumatic events of the day and explain those that would follow.
The result was Power, a remarkable book that Russell regarded as one of the most important of his long career. Countering the totalitarian desire to dominate, Russell shows how political enlightenment and human understanding can lead to peace - his book is a passionate call for independence of mind and a celebration of the instinctive joy of human life.

chapter 1|6 pages

The Impulse To Power

chapter 2|16 pages

Leaders and Followers

chapter 3|12 pages

The Forms of Power

chapter 4|20 pages

Priestly Power

chapter 5|8 pages

Kingly Power

chapter 6|19 pages

Naked Power

chapter 7|13 pages

Revolutionary Power

chapter 8|14 pages

Economic Power

chapter 9|8 pages

Power Over Opinion

chapter 10|10 pages

Creeds as Sources of Power

chapter 11|18 pages

The Biology of Organisations

chapter 12|20 pages

Powers and Forms of Governments

chapter 13|9 pages

Organisations and the Individual

chapter 14|12 pages


chapter 15|21 pages

Power and Moral Codes

chapter 16|8 pages

Power Philosophies

chapter 17|9 pages

The Ethics of Power

chapter 18|28 pages

The Taming of Power