Age of Anger

  • by Pankaj Mishra
  • Narrated by Derek Perkins
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the 18th century before leading us to the present. As the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises of freedom, stability, and prosperity were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. 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 embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast many more billions adrift, 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.

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What the Critics Say

"In this urgent, profound and extraordinarily timely study, Pankaj Mishra follows the likes of Isaiah Berlin, John Gray, and Mark Lilla by delving into the past in order to throw light on our contemporary predicament, when the neglected and dispossessed of the world have suddenly risen up in Nietzschean ressentiment to transform the world we thought we knew." (John Banville)

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Most Helpful

Much Needed Dialogue for our Times

I loved this book and highly recommend following Pankaj Mishra and his work. However, I found some chunks to be a bit boring at times and my lackluster enthusiasm for historical details might have had something to do with that. Even so, Enlightenment ideas has a lot to do with today's social malaise and this work beings that into light and can help turn the dialogue of dualism and false dichotomies into a consultation of mutual understanding.
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- Esotariq

Remarkable in its historical and geographic scope

from ISIS "madness" to the common resentment of dwindling middle-classes and disaffected youth and everything in between, this is a survey of global scope which shows the same process of infinite desire and rivalries shedding away all traditional inhibitions as well as meanings, political, cultural and religious", previously assigned to conflicts. Relevant readings of Hobbes, Rousseau and Tocqueville, the German romantics and Russian Novelists, just to name a few. if you saw the point of René Girard' s Battling to the End, this is in a way an extension of this book to a global dimension.
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- JJL

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio