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.
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.