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An absolute tour de force. I can imagine it replacing Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy on many a bookshelf – certainly mine’
There is little available to compare with it. Anyone with a serious interest in the history and nature of modernity and the human condition would be the poorer for not reading it.
What I love about Kenan Malik’s book is its unashamed, unabashed ambition… A tour de force of lucidity and narrative skill.
This is intellectual history in the grand manner, in the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, written with the same clarity, accessibility and narrative verve as the master himself… We are all in Kenan Malik’s debt. This is a majestic and timely work.
The image is from the poster for Man on Wire, James Marsh’s 2008 documentary about Philippe Petit who, in 1974, walked on a tightrope between the World Trade Centre’s twin towers in New York.