A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick the Derby Winner

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Guy Griffith and Michael Oakeshott

A Guide to the Classics is a light-hearted manual on how to pick the Derby winner. This long-awaited edition of Griffith and Oakeshott’s classic text includes a new preface and foreword by horse racing journalist and author Sean Magee, and political commentator Peter Oborne.

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Originally written in 1936 by two young Cambridge Fellows, A Guide to the Classics is a light-hearted manual on how to pick the Derby winner. However, as the tongue-in-cheek title suggested, there is more to the book than meets the eye, especially as one of the young dons went on to become, according to his 1990 Telegraph obituary, ‘the greatest political philosopher in the Anglo-Saxon tradition since Mill – or even Burke’.

The book takes the abstraction out of the Derby by attacking the systems which had been developed by generations of ‘form’ experts. It exposes theoretical solutions as fraudulent – instead it applies hard-headed empirical and historical analysis. Oakeshott went on to apply this methodology to his famous critique of ‘rationalism’ in politics.

This long-awaited edition of Griffith and Oakeshott’s classic text includes a new preface and foreword by horse racing journalist and author Sean Magee, and political commentator Peter Oborne.

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3 reviews for A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick the Derby Winner

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    5 out of 5

    Oakeshott’s ideas on racing provide a case for the value and usefulness of the humanities – inexact but wise, sceptical but informed by deep knowledge. Ed Smith, New Statesman 3 June 17

  2. 5 out of 5

    “A fount of pure common sense, written with Oakeshottian lucidity and wit. Good spirits bubble through every discouragement.”

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