Age of Anger: A History of the Present

Category: Book
By (author): Mishra, Pankaj
Subject:  HISTORY / World
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger , Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind, reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally. Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results. Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a book of immense urgency and profound argument. It is a history of our present predicament unlike any other.
Review Quote*Praise for From the Ruins of Empire "Brilliant . . . Mishra reverses the long gaze of the West upon the East, showing modern history as it has been felt by the majority of the world's population-from Turkey to China. These are the amazing stories of the grandfathers of today's angry Asians. Excellent." -Orhan Pamuk, on From the Ruins of Empire
Biographical NotePankaj Mishra was born in northwest India in 1969 and lives in London and Mashobra, India. The author of An End to Suffering (FSG, 2004) and Temptations of the West (FSG, 2006), as well as a novel, The Romantics, he writes for The New Yorker , The New York Review of Books , The New York Times Book Review , and The Guardian .