A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers 14 pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.
At the heart of this collection is the long essay "Terror and Boredom", an unsparing analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's flummoxed response to it; other pieces address the invasion of Iraq, the realities of Iran, and Tony Blair's lingering departure from Downing Street (and also his trips to Washington and Iraq).
Whether lambasted for his refusal to kowtow to Muslim pieties or hailed for his common sense, wide reading, and astute perspective, Amis is indisputably a great pleasure to hear - informed, elegant, surprising - and this collection a resounding contemplation of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Martin Amis' book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.
"Amis' concerns are cultural and aesthetic as well as existential: terrorism threatens a reign of boredom in the guise of tedious airport security protocols, pedantic conspiracy theories and the dogma-shackled dependent mind fostered by Islamist theocracy. As much as Amis's opinions are scathing, blunt and occasionally strident, his prose is subtle, elegant and witty - and certainly never boring." (Publishers Weekly)
"Powerful and prescient. . . . Behind the endlessly inventive language [is] an intellectual rigor based on an unwavering belief in the power of reason." (Financial Times)
"The Second Plane bristles with intelligence [and] snaps and snarls." (The Washington Post)
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The Second Plane
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- John A. Williams