By Pankaj Mishra
A New York Times extraordinary e-book of 2017 • Named a most sensible ebook of the 12 months via Slate and NPR • Longlisted for the Orwell Prize
One of our most vital public intellectuals finds the hidden historical past of our present international crisis
How do we clarify the origins of the nice wave of paranoid hatreds that appear inescapable in our close-knit world—from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from an increase in vengeful nationalism the world over to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra solutions our bewilderment through casting his gaze again to the eighteenth century prior to top us to the present.
He exhibits that because the international grew to become glossy, those that have been not able to get pleasure from its promises—of freedom, balance, and prosperity—were more and more liable to demagogues. the numerous who got here past due to this new world—or have been left, or driven, behind—reacted in horrifyingly related methods: with excessive hatred of invented enemies, makes an attempt to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment via miraculous violence. It used to be from one of the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose—angry younger males who turned cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.
Today, simply as then, the vast include of mass politics and know-how and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have solid many extra billions adrift in a demoralized global, uprooted from culture yet nonetheless faraway from modernity—with an identical negative results.
Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a publication of huge urgency and profound argument. it's a historical past of our current difficulty in contrast to any other.
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