"This is an ambitious, controversial, ground-breaking and timely book...Its overrriding interest and importance, however, lies in its thesis, which is that the historical experience of Japan in the period since it embarked on 'modernization' illuminates, perhaps better than any other passage in modern history, the limitations and deformation of Western social theory.."
-John Gray, Jesus College, Oxford
"This is an intellectually powerful polemic in the tradition of Francis Fukuyama's "End of History, which is in fact one of William's several targets. His main target is the formalism and Eurocentrism of what most American universities call the social sciences.... This book will have great influence in the groves of academe but we recommend it to all who are interested in how our world is changing."
-Chalmers Johnson, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Foundation
About the Author
DAVID WILLIAMS is the Price Waterhouse Professor of International Business Taxation at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.