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Enlightenment's Wake: politics and culture at the close of the modern age

John Gray
Routledge (9 January 2007)

John Gray is the bestselling author of such books as Straw Dogs and Al Qaeda and What it Means to be Modern, which brought a mainstream readership to a man who was already one of the UK's most respected thinkers and political theorists.

Professor Gray wrote Enlightenment's Wake in 1995 - six years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and six years before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. Turning his back on neoliberalism at exactly the moment that its advocates were in their pomp, trumpeting 'the end of history' and the supposedly unstoppable spread of liberal values across the globe, Gray's was a lone voice of scepticism. The thinking he criticised here would lead ultimately to the invasion of Iraq. Today, its folly might seem obvious to all, but as this edition of Enlightenment's Wake shows, John Gray has been trying to warn us for some 15 years - the rest of us are only now catching up with him.

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