The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In this series of provocative, passionate, and witty essays, Umberto Eco examines a wide range of phenomena, from Harry Potter, the Tower of Babel, talk shows, and the Enlightenment to The Da Vinci Code/ What led us, he asks, into this age of hot wars and media populism, and how was it sold to us as progress?In Turning Back the Clock, the bestselling author and respected scholar turns his famous intellect toward events both local and global to look at where our troubled world is headed.
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"The spirit of enlightenment breathes through the writings of Umberto Eco... [he] is an urbane, genial writer who brings calmness and clarity to every subject he treats." -- Los Angeles Times The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Umberto Eco’s response is a provocative, passionate, and witty series of essays—which originally appeared in the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and L’Espresso—that leaves no slogan unexamined, no innovation unexposed. What led us into this age of hot wars and media populism, and how was it sold to us as progress? Eco discusses such topics as racism, mythology, the European Union, rhetoric, the Middle East, technology, September 11, medieval Latin, television ads, globalization, Harry Potter, anti-Semitism, logic, the Tower of Babel, intelligent design, Italian street demonstrations, fundamentalism, The Da Vinci Code, and magic and magical thinking.
The famous author and respected scholar shows his practical, engaged side: an intellectual involved in events both local and global, a man concerned about taste, politics, education, ethics, and where our troubled world is headed.
UMBERTO ECO was born in Alessandria, Italy in 1932. He is the author of five novels and numerous collections of essays. A semiotician, philosopher, medievalist, and for many years a professor at the University of Bologna, Eco is now president of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici there. He has received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, has been named a Chevalier de la L égion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Milan.
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Book Description Mariner Books, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents Steps Back 1 I. War, Peace, and Other Matters Some Reflections on War and Peace 9 Love America and March for Peace 31 The Prospects for Europe 37 The Wolf and the Lamb: The Rhetoric of Oppression 44 Enlightenment and Common Sense66 From Play to Carnival 71 The Loss of Privacy 77 On Political Correctness 89 On Private Schools 97 Science, Technology, and Magic 103 II. Chronicles of a Regime For Whom the Bell Tolls: A 2001 Appeal for a Moral Referendum 115 The 2001 Electoral Campaign and Veteran Communist Strategy 121 On Mass Media Populism 128 Foreigners and Us 157 Revisiting History 166 The Revolt Against the Law 180 Pasta Cunegonda 190 Chronicles of the Late Empire 195 III. The Return of the Great Game Between Dr. Watson and Lawrence of Arabia 201 Words Are Stones 214 Back to the Seventies 224 Kamikazes and Assassins 229 IV. The Return of the Crusades Holy Wars, Passion, and Religion 235 Negotiating in a Multiethnic Society 247 The Taking of Jerusalem: An Eyewitness Report 253 Beauty Queens, Fundamentalists, and Lepers 260 What Are We to Do with the Pre-Adamites? 263 V. TheSummaand the Rest The Roots of Europe 269 The Crucifix, Its Uses and Customs 272 On the Soul of the Embryo277 Chance and Intelligent Design 281 Hands off My Son! 284 Those Who Don't Believe in God Believe in Everything 288 Relativism? 309 VI. The Defense of the Race Are the Italians Anti-Semites? 313 The Plot317 Some of My Best Friends 320<i. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0156034212
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