In Praise Of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire by Mike DavisIn Praise Of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire by Mike Davis

In Praise Of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire

byMike Davis

Paperback | August 1, 2007

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The author ofCity of Quartz andPlanet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men's burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system; visitsStar Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the border; predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina; recalls the anarchist avengers of the 1890s and 'teeny-bopper' riots on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s; discusses the moral bankruptcy of the Democrats in Kansas and West Virginia; remembers 'Private Ivan,' who defeated fascism; and looks at the future of capitalism from the top of Hubbert's Peak.No writer in the United States today brings together analysis and history as comprehensively and elegantly as Mike Davis. In these contemporary, interventionist essays, Davis goes beyond critique to offer real solutions and concrete possibilities for change.Davis remains our penman of lost souls and lost scenarios: He culls nuggets of avarice and depredation the way miners chisel coal." - The Nation'A rare combination of an author, Rachel Carson and Upton Sinclair all in one.' - Susan Faludi, author,Backlash"Davis' work is the cruel and perpetual folly of the ruling elites." - New York TimesMike Davis is the author many books, includingCity of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, andPlanet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in San Diego. "
Writer, historian, and activist Mike Davis is the author many books, including City of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California at Irvine, and lives in San Diego.
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Title:In Praise Of Barbarians: Essays Against EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.9 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:Haymarket BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1931859426

ISBN - 13:9781931859424

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essays Against Neocons From self-proclaimed socialist and UC Irvine Historian Mike Davis, "In Praise of Barbarians" is a solid collection of scholarly written essays against American hubris and hegemony mostly appearing either in the New Left Review, Socialist Review or LA Weekly. In the vain of a Noam Chomsky or a Howard Zinn, Davis launches into the familiar anti-Bush genre but with a biting commentary that is clever and unrelenting. Highlights of the book include: Davis begins with, "The End of American Exceptionalism"; before moving on to several Bush-whacking essays such as "The Anti-Bush Cometh" and "Oedipus Bush"; a couple on the failures of Katrina in "At the Corner of New Orleans and Humanity" and "Sister Caterina" before ending the book with an interview where Davis discusses his current research project into the history of anarchism. The writing is academic in style, slightly elitist, but overall insightful and highly engaging.
Date published: 2008-07-28