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    Description'Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay' - Oliver Goldsmith. Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of shared purpose. But we have forgotten how to think about the life we live together: its goals and purposes. We are now not only post-ideological; we have become post-ethical. We have lost touch with the old questions that have defined politics since the Greeks: is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Will it help bring about a better society? A better world? The social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America - the guarantee of security, stability and fairness - is no longer assured; in fact, it's no longer part of collective conversation. In this exceptional short book, Tony Judt reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment and masterfully crystallizes our great unease, showing how we might yet think ourselves out of it. If we are to replace fear with confidence then we need a different story to tell, about state and society alike: a story that carries moral and political conviction. Providing that story is the purpose of this book.


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    Title
    Ill Fares the Land
    Subtitle
    A Treatise on Our Present Discontents
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tony Judt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 190 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780718191412
    ISBN 10: 0718191412
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: JFM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
    BISAC V2.8: POL005000
    DC22: 909.831
    Libri: ZWAN8000, WEST2200
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JPF, JBFV
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    07 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    At the time of his death, Tony Judt was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies at New York University. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 2009 Judt was awarded a Special Orwell Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to British Political writing. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005) was a runner up for the 2006 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
    Review quote
    Sinewy analysis and supple prose, as clear and refreshing as a mountain stream -- Christopher Silvester Telegraph One of the most remarkable books on politics to have appeared for a very long time -- John Gray Literary Review Elegant, courageous and deeply humane -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times