Alfred de Grazia

Political theorist and natural philosopher, Alfred de Grazia was born in Chicago on December 29,1919, was granted the AB and PhD degrees at the University of Chicago, studied law at Columbia, taught at several universities, including University of Minnesota, Brown, Stanford and New York University, and has written and published many books and articles, mainly in Political Science and Quantavolution (the study of ancient catastrophes), but also including poetry and novels. He wrote Public and Republic and The Elements of Political Science: Political Organization and Political Behavior. These and other works are carried on his site,, whose annual visits amount to several millions. With Jill Oppenheim (1919-1996), he parented seven children.
    His military service carried him in World War II into six campaigns in North Africa and Europe, encountering, as the Psychological warfare unit he captained moved forward, the immense human disaster and displacements, and the concentration camps (Dachau). He founded and published the American Behavioral Scientist. He was frequently a consultant, to the State Department, the Department of Defense, and General Motors Corporation, among others, and traveled widely for business and research. Politically a radical idealist, he nevertheless at times campaigned on behalf of the Independent Voters of Illinois, the Democratic Party of California, and the Republican Party of New York. His two latest books are: The Iron Age of Mars (2006), and The American State of Canaan (2009). He lives in a village in France with his wife, Anne-Marie, and spends his summers on on island in the Aegean.
Kharkov, Ukraine - Monument to the Student Defense of Kharkov in World War II.

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Books by Alfred de Grazia

Michels, Roberto, First Lectures in Political Sociology. Translated, with an introduction, by Alfred de Grazia. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1949. And Harper & Row, New York, 1965.
Public and Republic: Political Representation in America. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1951.
The Elements of Political Science. Series: Borzoi Books in Political Science. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1952. And second revised edition: Politics and Government: the Elements of Political Science. Vol 1: The Elements of Political Science and Vol. 2: Political Organization,  Collier, New York, 1962. And new revised edition: Free Press, New York; Collier Macmillan, London, 1965.
The Western Public: 1952 and beyond. A Study of Political Behaviour in the Western United States. Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1954.
The American Way of Government. National Edition. Wiley, New York (1957). There is also a "National, State and Local edition," publ. by Foundation for Voluntary Welfare.
Grass Roots Private Welfare : Winning Essays of the 1956 National Awards Competition of the Foundation for Voluntary Welfare. Alfred de Grazia, editor. New York University Press, New York, 1957.
The American Behavioral Scientist, Magazine, founded by Alfred de Grazia, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1959; acquired by SAGE Press, 1965.
American Welfare. New York University Press, New York, 1961 (with Ted Gurr).
World politics: a study in international relations. Series: College Outline Series, Barnes & Noble, New York, 1962.
Apportionment and Representative Government. Series: Books That Matter. Praeger, New York, c1963
Essay on Apportionment and Representative Government. American Enterprise Institute, Washington,1963.
Revolution in Teaching: New Theory, Technology, and Curricula. With an introduction by Jerome Bruner. Bantam Books, New York, 1964. (Editor, with David A. Sohn).
Universal Reference System. Political Science, Government, and Public Policy: an annotated and intensively indexed compilation of significant books, pamphlets, and articles, selected and processed by the Universal Reference System. Prepared under the direction of Alfred De Grazia, general editor, Carl E. Martinson, managing editor, and John B. Simeone, consultant. Princeton Research Pub. Co., Princeton N.J. 1965-69. Plus nine more volumes on the subjects of: International Affairs; Economic Regulation; Public Policy and the Management of Science; Administrative Management; Comparative Government and Cultures; Legislative Process; Bibliography of Bibliographies in Political Science, Government and Public Policy; Current Events and Problems of Modern Society; Public Opinion, Mass Behavior and Political Psychology; Law, Jurisprudence and Judicial Process.
Republic in crisis: Congress against the Executive Force. Federal Legal Publications, New York, 1965.
Political Behavior. Series: Elements of political science; New, revised edition. Free press paperback, New York, 1966.
Congress, The First Branch of Government, editor, Doubleday - Anchor Books, New York, 1967.
Congress and the Presidency: Their Roles in Modern Times, with Arthur M. Schlesinger, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, 1967.
Passage of the Year, Poetry, Quiddity Press, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1967.
The Behavioral Sciences: Essays in honor of George A. Lundberg, editor, Behavioral Research Council, Great Barrington, Mass., 1968.
Old Government, New People: Readings for the New politics, et al., Scott, Foresman, Glenview, Ill., 1971.
Politics for Better or Worse, Scott, Foresman, Glenview, Ill., 1973.
Eight Branches of Government: American Government Today, w. Eric Weise, Collegiate Pub., 1975.
Eight Bads - Eight Goods: The American Contradictions, Doubleday - Anchor Books, New York, 1975.
Supporting Art and Culture: 1001 Questions on Policy, Lieber-Atherton, New York, 1979.
Chaos and Creation, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1979.
God's Fire: Moses and the Management of Exodus, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1980.
The Lately Tortured Earth, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1980.
Homo Schizo I. Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1981.
Homo Schizo II. Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1981.
The Divine Succession, Metron Publications, Princeton N.J., 1982.
Solaria Binaria, (with Earl R. Milton), Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1983.
The Disastrous Love Affair of Moon and Mars, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1983.
The Burning of Troy, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J. 1984.
The Cosmic Heretics, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1984.
A Cloud Over Bhopal: Causes, Consequences, and Constructive Solutions, Kalos Foundation for the India-America Committee for the Bhopal Victims, Popular Prakashan, Bombay, 1985.
The Babe, Child of Boom and Bust in Old Chicago, umbilicus mundi, Quiddity Press, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1992.
The Student: at Chicago in Hutchin's Hey-day, Quiddity Press, Metron Publications, Princeton N.J., 1991.
The Taste of War: Soldiering in World War II, Quiddity Press, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1992.
Twentieth Century Fire-Sale, Poetry, Quiddity Press, Metron Publications, Princeton, N.J., 1996.
The Iron Age of Mars - Speculations on a Quantavolution, 2009
The American State of  Canaan - the Peaceful, Prosperous Juncture of Israel and Palestine as the 51st State of the United States of America, Metron Publications, Princeton, NJ, 2009.
A Taste of War - Soldiering in World War II, (revised edition), Metron Publications, Princeton, NJ, 2011.

Conferences of Quantavolution

2007 Kandersteg Conference
2008 Paris Conference
2009 Kandersteg Conference
2010 Conference in Villaines-la-Gonais
2011 Conference in Athens

Latest books

The American State of Canaan (2009)
The Iron Age of Mars (2010)

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