One of Beckerman's six favorite books about political movements, as told to The Week magazine:
The Last Utopia by Samuel MoynRead about the other books on Beckerman's list.
Moyn's revisionist history is an argument for looking at the concept of human rights as a fairly new phenomenon, dating to the 1970s. While discounting the idea's role in shaping society in earlier centuries, he provides a great primer on the evolution of a revolutionary idea.
The Page 99 Test: Samuel Moyn's The Last Utopia.