Alumni Authors


tyranny of merit

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of 
North American-based alumni.

Our May 2021 book is "The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?"
by Professor Michael J. Sandel (Balliol, 1975).

Professor Michael J. Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He has been described as a “rock-star moralist” (Newsweek) and “the world’s most influential living philosopher” (New Statesman). Professor Sandel’s books--on justice, democracy, ethics, and markets--have been translated into 30 languages. His BBC series “The Global Philosopher” explores the ethical issues lying behind the headlines with participants from around the world. Professor Sandel’s new book is 'The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?'

You can purchase The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

Please visit our archive page to look back at previous Alumni Authors


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