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Barton-Kriese, Paul. A review of The Conquest of Politics. Perspective 17, No. 3 (Summer, 1988): 136.

Barton-Kriese summarizes Barber's critiques of six major political philosophers in The Conquest of Politics, among them Bertrand Russell, Angus MacIntyre and John Rawls.

Borning, Bernard C. A review of Superman and Common Men: Freedom, Anarchy and the Revolution. Western Political Quarterly (September, 1972): 553–55.

Borning discusses Barber's belief that democracy can be made to be more “equitable, humane, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of all.”

Economist. A review of Jihad vs. McWorld. Economist 336, No. 7933, (23 September 1995): 78–9.

A summary of Barber's main arguments in Jihad vs. McWorld.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. A review of Jihad vs. McWorld. New York Times Book Review (20 August 20 1995): 8.

Ehrenreich praises Barber's “McWorld” concept but contends that his notion of Jihad is prejudicial and not an entirely new idea.

Gunnell, John G. A review of The Conquest of Politics. Journal of Politics 51, No. 3, (August, 1989): 762–63.

An examination of Barber's contention that a political philosophy that truly fosters “political understanding” is necessary.

Kane, Francis. “Keep Thinkers in Their Place.” New York Times Book Review (18 December 1988): 29.

Kane criticizes Barber's The Conquest of Politics for advocating such a severe rift between philosophy and political action.

Gourevitch, Philip. “Misfortune Tellers.” New Yorker (8 April 1996): 96–100.

Gourevitch questions whether Barber's idea of McWorld and “commercial totalitarianism” as presented in Jihad vs. McWorld is really as threatening as ideologies that encourage and condone the use of violence.

Walzer, Michael. “Flight from Philosophy.” New York Review of Books XXXVI, No. 1 (2 February 2 1989): 42–44.

Walzer addresses Barber's discussion in Conquest of Politics of whether political philosophy and philosophers can influence or improve the democratic process.

Additional coverage of Barber's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 29-32R; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 12, 32, and 64.