‘If you want to delve deeper into how Che the man became Che the icon, and the intimacy of his influence over the boy who knew him as a blood brother rather than a comrade, add this to the […] collection.’
‘The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will always honour his memory’
This very topical book, written in light of Brexit and the rise of Trump, brings together leading thinkers from across disciplines to examine the rise of right wing populism, authoritarianism and the challenge facing western liberal democracy today. Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Slavoj Žižek, Zygmunt Bauman, Arjun Appadurai, Wolfgang Streeck, Eva Illouz and other figures offer their analysis of the forces behind current trends, and how we might be able to combat them.
‘This unusual memoir uses the author’s personal experience living in one street in Berlin as a window into the German past. She reaches out to elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees around the world who once lived on her street, and in her sophisticated narrative she peels back the layers hiding individual experiences so elusive to many professional historians.’
Deborah Hertz, University of California at San Diego
‘Stand Firm is an exhilarating broadside against the intense modern pressure to do more, be more, to become happier and more productive, and to “find yourself”. In championing Stoicism over the relentless and exhausting wild-goose chase of self-help, Svend Brinkmann – though he might not like the fact – has written a book that truly helps.’
‘The present task of lifting human integration to the level of all humanity is likely to prove unprecedentedly arduous, onerous and troublesome to see through and complete. We need to brace ourselves for a long period marked by more questions than answers and more problems than solutions, as well as for acting in the shadow of finely balanced chances of success and defeat… More than at any other time, we – human inhabitants of the Earth – are in the either/or situation: we face joining either hands, or common graves.’