Chock-full of interesting observations and stimulating insights. -- Danny Postel, The Nation
One of the West's most thoughtful political philosophers. -- Philip Chase Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles
Anyone with an interest in political science and critical theory should read this book at once.
If he is drawing a direct philosophical thread between them, it requires a much more sophisticated historicism than Gray seems willing or able to indulge in.
This would be an opportunity to discuss the notions of evolutionary psychology; of course this doesn't arise as Gray is (one presumes) unaware of it.
John Gray is a controversial thinker who openly opposes the Enlightenment project and promotes a future that is based on continual competition of different values and cultures. Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by Kallionsivu Mikko
John Gray is staggeringly precient about the world economic system. Don't be misled by the Al Quaeda title, this is more about what it means to be modern. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Trish Evans, Senior Lecturer, Media Studies, Westminster University
the book is being used as a text for our daughters history class so i cannot comment on the book but Amazon is terrific .. Read morePublished on December 20, 2007 by rlc
Gray's provocative essay is most valuable as stimulus and for questioning several increasingly `orthodox' presumptions about modernity and, secondarily, Al Qaeda (and nation states... Read morePublished on March 18, 2007 by L. F Sherman
Yes, plenty of the material in this book is simply stupid. But there are also some good points.
What are some aspects of modernity? Read more
As, once more, I am by far not the first to review this volume, and most worth saying has already been stated, let me just add a brief praise. Read morePublished on September 28, 2004 by Dr. Thomas Carl
This is a mercifully short book, an essay really, but ought to be much shorter. There are many broad points that I agreed with before reading this book, but Gray's hasty and loose... Read morePublished on August 7, 2004 by Nichomachus
This book solidly refutes the widely disseminated arguement that al-Qaeda is a medieval, tribal organization. Gray is spot-on in his assessment. Read morePublished on June 8, 2004
Gray's intellectual dishonesty is appalling, and so are the gaps in his knowledge.
This book is not about Al Qaeda. Read more