Synopses & Reviews
Timothy Garton Ash is well known as an astute and penetrating observer of a dazzling array of subjects, not least through his many contributions to the New York Review of Books
. This collection of his essays from the last decade reveals his knack for ferreting out exceptional insights into a troubled world, often on the basis of firsthand experience. Whether he is writing about how and#8220;liberalismand#8221; has become a dirty word in American political discourse, the problems of Muslim assimilation in Europe, Ukraineand#8217;s Orange Revolution, Gand#252;nter Grassand#8217;s membership in the Waffen-SS, or the angry youth of Iran, Garton Ash combines a gimlet eye for detail with deep knowledge of the history of his chosen subjects.
Running through this book is the authorand#8217;s insistence that, whatever some postmodernists might claim, there are indeed factsand#8212;and we have both a political and a moral duty to establish them. By practicing what it preaches, Facts Are Subversive shows why Timothy Garton Ash is one of the worldand#8217;s leading political writers.
andldquo;These essays aid in understanding dynamic and complex issues without dogma attached.andrdquo;andmdash;Library Journal
"[Timothy Garton Ash] knows his history and literature, and he combines reportage with passionate political commitment.and#8221; and#8212;Foreign Affairs
"[Timothy Garton Ashand#8217;s] forte is the exceptionally well-informed, vivid account of the personal, cultural and geopolitical elements at work at a moment of political decision in a country most of his readers previously knew little aboutand#8230; His virtuosity is frequently on display in this collection.and#8221;and#8212;The Nation
andquot;A gifted and knowledgeable writer. . . . His aim is to . . . address some of the defining issues of the era in which we live, and yet show how difficult it is, ultimately, to define this decade.andquot;andmdash;John Gray, New Statesman
andquot;His powers of observation and analysis and his sense of history in the making, combined with a generous humor and a knack for epigrams and zingers, make his essays both a pleasure and a revelation to read. Taken together they are a magisterial comment on a decade of rising non-Western powers, global warming, the crisis of capitalism, apparent US decline, and the somnambulism of Europe.andquot;andmdash;Brian Urquhart, The New York Review of Books
andquot;If you want to know how important something really is, you have to look a little bit further than just its surface appearance. This is exactly what Ash has been doing for decades... the range of Ashandrsquo;s interests is remarkable... The result is a little like taking a whistle stop tour of the world in the presence of a seasonedand#160; and erudite companion who never gets over excited, but is full of shrewd and well-judged observations. ... the best articles, however, both get to the hearts of theri subjects and leave you wanting to know moreandmdash;always a good sign.andquot;andmdash;Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post
andldquo;Facts Are Subversiveand#160;covers a decade of upheaval, disaster and disillusionment, in Iraq, in Washington and elsewhere. Itandrsquo;s remarkable how sane and wise Garton Ash remains, even in the heat of events...This grounding in the solid world helps explain how Garton Ash has been able to remain that rare and essential thing, a reasonable man.andquot;andmdash;George Packer, New York Time Book Review
About the Author
Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies at Oxford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of eight previous books, including The Magic Lantern, History of the Present, and The File, and is a regular contributor to theand#160;New York Review of Books.