Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra PDF

By Pankaj Mishra

ISBN-10: 0374274789

ISBN-13: 9780374274788

ISBN-10: 125015930X

ISBN-13: 9781250159304

ISBN-10: 1515963888

ISBN-13: 9781515963882

A New York Times outstanding booklet of 2017 • Named a top ebook of the yr by way of Slate and NPR • Longlisted for the Orwell Prize

One of our most crucial public intellectuals finds the hidden heritage of our present international crisis

How do we clarify the origins of the good 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 internationally to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra solutions our bewilderment by way of casting his gaze again to the eighteenth century sooner than major us to the present.

He indicates that because the global turned smooth, those that have been not able to get pleasure from its promises—of freedom, balance, and prosperity—were more and more vulnerable to demagogues. the various who got here overdue to this new world—or have been left, or driven, behind—reacted in horrifyingly comparable methods: with severe hatred of invented enemies, makes an attempt to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment via astounding violence. It was once from one of the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose—angry younger males who grew to become cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.

Today, simply as then, the large include of mass politics and expertise 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 a similar poor results.

Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a booklet of significant urgency and profound argument. it's a background of our current problem not like any other.

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