The Italian political scientist Gaetano Mosca in The Ruling Class (1896) noted that political leaders in all countries propagate myths or “political formulas” that resonate with citizens a
In his 1964 classic, Suicide of the West, James Burnham expressed the global geopolitical contraction of the West by showing the unmistakable trend of the Western powers’ loss of control o
“a wake up call about the dangers of entrenching divisions around national identity—a summons to action.”
“this book is an excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world . . .”
Graeme Wood traces the origins of this work and his pursuit of greater understanding of the Islamic State to having almost been killed by a suicide bomber in Mosul in 2004.
If every journalist wrote like Patrick Kingsley, more people would likely be reading the critical nonfiction books of our time.