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The Light That Failed by Ivan Krastev, Stephen Holmes

The Light that Failed: A Reckoning

Ivan Krastev, Stephen Holmes

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Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 31 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780241345702

A landmark book that completely transforms our understanding of the crisis of liberalism, from two pre-eminent intellectuals.

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4 stars out of 5
27 Oct 2019

"There is a smart insight or elegant paradox on almost every page"

This is an important book that fizzes with ideas: for example, its take on the revolutions of 1989, as being unique in history because on the whole the victors left (to make new lives in the West) and the losers stayed behind, is an original and profound point. There is a smart insight or elegant paradox on almost every page... However, the third section about populism and intolerance in America is less persuasive than the other two... On so much, though, the book poses in stark terms the dilemma for those who took for granted the ideas that created the postwar western world.