‘This is a testimony to Gorbachev’s contribution to world history, not just during his heyday of perestroika but over the last two decades of post-communism, offering unique insight into events. Gorbachev takes a critical view of the Yeltsin reforms, and above all he offers a nuanced and intelligent analysis of Putin’s rule. Anybody interested in the end of the Soviet Union, post-communist Russia and contemporary world politics should read this book.’
‘Badiou’s short book on the roots of recent terrorist attacks can be compared to a single long cinematographic take, which begins with a close-up of an object and then gradually withdraws, so that we see its historical context. This wider context is the dynamics of global capitalism and it is only from such a perspective that we can locate the causes of the attacks. The book reads like a theoretical detective fiction – it is simply unputdownable.’
Today we are confronted with an extreme form of the anxiety that refugees, the ‘strangers at our door’, have always generated. In this short book Zygmunt Bauman analyses the ‘moral panic’ that this crisis has created, arguing that the only response is to recognize our interdependence as humans and to find new ways to live together in solidarity.
‘Deftly following the trajectory of Habermas’s life and career from his early childhood in Nazi Germany, his shock at discovering the horrors of the Shoah, his response to the political and social crises of our time, and his passionate advocacy of cosmopolitan democracy, Müller-Doohm brilliantly succeeds in presenting a vivid and nuanced portrait of one the world’s leading thinkers and publicly engaged intellectuals.’
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research
‘Faith is like love, Adonis tells us; it falls within personal experience. Violence and Islam explores a multiplicity of modern interpretations that give rise to forms of faith and forms of barbarity. Adonis, in his powerful secular voice, here again proves why he is one of the most important literary figures of our times.’