Sun Nov 1st, 2009 at 11:53:36 AM EST
Books / Authors of the Year, 2009
Here are my nominees, subjectively chosen, of course, for best (most important) political books of the year for 2009---with Emmanuel TODD's November 2008 publication included, since it's just a year out from its publication.
Amin MAALOUF for his book, Le dérèglement du monde: Quand nos civilisations s'épuisent 2009, Éditions Grasset,
Pierre DARDOT and Christian LAVAL for their book, La nouvelle raison du monde : essai sur la société néolibérale , 2009, , Éditions La Découverte
Nicolas BOULEAU for his book, Mathématiques et risques financiers, 2009, Éditions Odile Jacob
and Emmanuel TODD for his book, Après la démocratie, (November 2008) Éditions Gallimard.
Each author brings us the insights we need now to better understand contemporary political events in larger, more coherent context. Dardot and Laval, in particular, present a detailed review of the historical course of the development of Liberalism as a political philosophy from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present, with the various twists and turns which have produced the contemporary version, now in an impasse.
Imagine if these five authors were even occasional participants at this site. What an advantage that would be!