Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

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Modernity, secularism, development, and progress have long been viewed by the powerful few as benign ideals for the many. Today, however, botched experiments in nation-building, democracy, industrialization, and urbanization visibly scar much of the world.

As once happened in Europe, the wider embrace of revolutionary politics, mass movements, technology, the pursuit of wealth, and individualism has cast billions adrift in a literally demoralized world.

It was from among the ranks of the disaffected and the spiritually disorientated, that the militants of the nineteenth century arose—angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.

Many more people today, unable to fulfill the promises—freedom, stability, and prosperity—of a globalized economy, are increasingly susceptible to demagogues and their simplifications. A common reaction among them is intense hatred of supposed villains, the invention of enemies, attempts to recapture a lost golden age, unfocused fury and self-empowerment through spectacular violence.

In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra explores the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world—from American “shooters” and ISIS to Trump, Modi, and racism and misogyny on social media.

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ISBN : 0374715823
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Susan rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2016

Without doubt, this is a topical book, in a world which has seen a US President elected on a wave of intolerant rhetoric and the UK voting to leave the EU; a world at war, with so many people displaced and extremism rife. The author of this book attempts to re-examine the divided, modern world; i...

BlackOxford rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2018

How the World Feels Identifying the fictions in which we live is an awkward matter, mainly because it involves creating an alternative fiction. And comparing the merits of competing stories is tricky. Each story carries with it its own criterion of verification and presents its facts accordingly:...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2017

Like the ghosts of the dead, 2016 is with us. Donald Trump is still with us, Brexit is still with us, the forces of economic anxiety and racial prejudice are still with us, the howls of rage from the dispossessed, across Middle America and the factory towns of North England are still with us, the...

Maru rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2018

All round the planet excitement is mounting as people get ready for the first “World Cup of Ideas” of the 21St Century. The 20th Century saw this contest held three times, starting with a hard fought championship in France in 1914. The kickoff for the next round was Poland in 1939 while the surpri...

Sebastien rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 2017

This was a fascinating discussion. Very meandering, maybe organization and presentation could've been streamlined so that knocks it down a bit for me. To be fair, given the breadth of the material and ambitious nature of this book it is probably an impossible task. But overall I enjoyed the autho...

HBalikov rated it ★★★☆☆

March 31, 2017

"They have counterbalanced their loss of nerve before the political challenge of terrorism with overreaction, launching military campaigns, often without bothering to secure the consent of a frightened people, and while supporting despotic leaders they talk endlessly of their superior ‘values’ –...

Bettie☯ rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2017 Description: In a ground-breaking new analysis, Pankaj Mishra traces the tangled roots of hatreds and nationalisms across the world. Inspired by Hindu nationalists in his own country, the rise of the so-called Islamic State, the emergence of Donald Trump as...

Jared rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 12, 2017

Disclaimer: I did not enjoy this book and I apologize for the lengthy critique, but I had experienced my own 'age of anger' while reading this book. I gave the book due dilligence and decided to quit reading after 144 pages - something I typically avoid doing. I decided to put the book down becaus...

Joachim rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2017

"Today, the belief in progress, necessary for life in a Godless universe, can no longer be sustained, except, perhaps, in the Silicon Valley mansions of baby-faced millennials. [...] In an economically stagnant world that offers a dream of individual empowerment to all, but no realizable dreams o...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

March 25, 2017

If it feels like the world recently has been splitting in two, along comes Pankaj Mishra to let you know: You're not wrong! Describing what he calls a "global civil war," Mishra in Age of Anger describes more than 200 years of rhetorical, even bloody conflict between two conflicting worldviews: T...

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