Title: ILL FARES THE LAND - Scarce Pristine Copy of...
Publisher: New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 240 pages. Published in 2010. The author's book-length account on contemporary politics, history, and social justice, and the last book published in his lifetime. One of the greatest books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Tony Judt's "Ill Fares The Land". His final masterpiece. It is that very rare thing, a necessary and timeless book that he was determined to write and finish despite his terminal illness, and was thankfully published shortly before his death on August 6, 2010. "I want to thank Tony Judt for defending with such clarity, eloquence, and passion the concept of social democracy. He identifies the failures of the New Left that have allowed the ideology of The Right (wealth accumulation and privatization) to dominate the political conversation. The tremendous gains of the 20th century - The New Deal and The Great Society - are being systematically gutted and destroyed. He shows how the rise in inequality between the rich and everyone else is leading to a sick, uneducated, and often imprisoned underclass. He then argues that the values of equality and a belief that the public sphere is an important and effective way to solve problems are cut out of the public debate. A deeply moving work that should be read by every citizen" (Amanda Henk). Judt was the unlikely intellectual link between the two great strands of modern political and social philosophy: The Anglo-American tradition, whose iconic figure is George Orwell, and European "Continental" philosophy, whose greatest figure remains Hannah Arendt. It is therefore fitting that during his brief yet extremely productive life, he was honored with both the Hannah Arendt Prize (in 2007) and George Orwell Lifetime Achievement Award (in 2009), the only such figure so recognized. Judt's most controversial thesis is that despite its dark past and the many problems it faces today, Europe has survived and flourished, a model of social harmony, peace, and prosperity: "Neither America nor China has a serviceable model to propose for universal emulation. Few would have predicted it 60 years before, but the 21st century might yet belong to Europe" (Tony Judt). An absolute "must-have" title for Tony Judt reader/collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest thinkers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONY JUDT TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594202761. Bookseller Inventory # 18153
Synopsis: Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today.
In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we?ve all been feeling into a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things.
As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America ? the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness -- is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it?s no longer part of the common discourse. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency.
Distinctly absent from our national dialogue, social democrats believe that the state can play an enhanced role in our lives without threatening our liberties. Instead of placing blind faith in the market?as we have to our detriment for the past thirty years?social democrats entrust their fellow citizens and the state itself.
Ill Fares the Land challenges us to confront our societal ills and to shoulder responsibility for the world we live in. For hope remains. In reintroducing alternatives to the status quo, Judt reinvigorates our political conversation, providing the tools necessary to imagine a new form of governance, a new way of life.
About the Author: Tony Judt was born in London in 1948. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley and New York University, where he is currently the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies and Director of the Remarque Institute, which is dedicated to the study of Europe and which he founded in 1995. The author or editor of twelve books, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, The New York Times and many other journals in Europe and the US. Professor Judt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Permanent Fellow of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna). He is the author of Reappraisals: Reflections On The Forgotten Twentieth Century and Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945, which was one of the New York Times Book Review?s Ten Best Books of 2005, the winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
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