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Terror and Liberalism - Paul Berman

Terror and Liberalism

Paperback Published: 17th May 2004
ISBN: 9780393325553
Number Of Pages: 240

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One of our most brilliant public intellectuals, Paul Berman has spent his career writing on revolutionary movements and their totalitarian aspects. Here he argues that, in the terror war, we are not facing a battle of the West against Islam-a clash of civilizations. We are facing, instead, the same battle that tore apart Europe during most of the twentieth century, only in a new version. It is the clash of liberalism and its enemies-the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world. The author considers the wars against fascism and communism from the past, and draws cautionary lessons. But he also draws from those past experiences a liberal program for the present-a program that departs in fundamental respects from the policies of the Bush administration.

Industry Reviews

"Full of good, smart moments." -- Kirkus Reviews "Forceful and persuasive." -- Washington Post Book World "An accomplished intellectual history...This book has insights for everyone across the political spectrum who seeks a better understanding of the present danger." -- National Review "One of the most challenging accounts of the post-9/11 world." -- New York Times "An achievement...practical, yet analytical." -- The Nation "A compelling [and] powerful book." -- Newsletter of the Social Democrats USA "A damning indictment of bad leftism...a smart [and] honest book that should be read." -- The Weekly Standard "An engaging, delusion-busting history primer." -- Village Voice "Berman connects the dots of world fascism...Policymakers everywhere should bone up on his discoveries and take heed." -- Philadelphia Inquirer "Berman is one of the most elegant and provacative thinkers to emerge from America's New Left." -- Salon "Berman makes a compelling case." -- New York Times Book Review "Berman's book is penetrating, insightful, honest, erudite...it is always intense." -- Washington Monthly "Breaks its bounds...As a thinker [and] as a writer, Berman begins to cast a spell." -- Bookforum "Brilliant, stirring." -- Dallas Morning News "There is much to admire in Berman's book...[a] valuable contribution." -- The New York Review "Wonderfully rich and illuminating." -- Wall Street Journal "A fluid and lucid essay by one of America's best exponents of recent intellectual history." -- The Economist

Preface to the Norton Paperback Editionp. XI
Against Nixonp. 3
Armageddon in Its Modern Versionsp. 22
In the Shade of the Koranp. 52
The Hideous Schizophreniap. 77
The Politics of Slaughterp. 103
Wishful Thinkingp. 121
Mental Warp. 154
A Note to the Readerp. 211
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780393325553
ISBN-10: 0393325555
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1