Age of Anger

A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

  • Published: Sep 10, 2020

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and NPR Longlisted for the Orwell Prize One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis How can we explain the origins of the... read more

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Exact title of the book
Age of Anger
Book author
Pankaj Mishra
ISBN
9780374715823
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jan 20, 2017
Language
English
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PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
3744 kB

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and NPR Longlisted for the Orwell Prize 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 worldfrom American shooters and ISIS to Donald 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 enjoy its promisesof freedom, stability, and prosperitywere increasingly susceptible to demagogues.

The many who came late to this new worldor were left, or pushed, behindreacted in horrifyingly similar ways with 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 nineteenth century aroseangry 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 wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast many more billions adrift in a demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernitywith 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.

About author

Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire and several other books. He is a columnist at Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London.

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