- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris (September 3, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1850439850
- ISBN-13: 978-1850439851
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,035,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How the West Was Lost
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""A startlingly clear analysis of why we have become who we are, written with such admirable clarity and wit that news of humanity's defeat seems almost bearable. Noone who claims to know anything should open their mouth in public without reading it.""--Fay Weldon, author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and Auto Da Fay
""Highly original…an extremely important argument even for those who have no religious belief, and Alexander Boot puts it more unflinchingly, more courageously, than anyone else.""--Theodore Dalrymple, author of Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It
""Those reading Alexander Boot's vigorous and witty assault on the modern superstitions of progress and science will never see the world in the same way again. A refreshing and original voice.""--James Le Fanu, Telegraph columnist and author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
""At last! Someone with the courage to say the unsayable: that one can be for liberty while detesting many of the means by which liberty is achieved.""--Digby Anderson, journalist and former Director of the Social Affairs Unit
""Alexander Boot puts his finger precisely on the malaise affecting western societies. His book is the most readable account of the decline of the West since Spengler, and serenely free from the contamination of academic jargon. It should be read by politicians, teachers, bishops and anyone who has anything to do with public administration. We should all read it. Twice.""--Reverend Dr Peter Mullen, Rector of St Michael's Cornhill and author of Holy Smoke: The Daily Life of a Rector in the City of London
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According to Boot, two subspecies of Modmen exist, the Nihilists (exemplified by Russia) and the Philistines (led by America). Both forms rule by "glossocracy," that is, distorting the true meaning of words to preserve political power. The only substantive difference between the two subspecies is the Nihilist's willingness to add mass murder into the power equation as well. Cast in these terms, Boot analyzes the wars and political murders characteristic of the 20th century, using the millions of dead to argue strongly that Modman governments are deeply flawed because they deny the existence of the soul -- a human dimension that was supremely important in Westman's world.
This is an outstanding book that challenged me to re-evaluate my personal interpretation of recent history. Boot has a very strong, opinionated voice, and though one may not agree with all of his opinions, his ideas will provoke personal reflection. To truly enjoy this work, at least a basic knowledge of Greek philosophy, Christianity, European culture from 1200 - 1850, and the events of the 20th century is requisite. This work is a commentary on history and culture, and as such, it is geared for people who are knowledgable in these areas.