In New York Times–bestselling author Paul Berman’s opinion, terrorism does not represent a paradigm shift in human thought; rather, it represents a return to the kind of totalitarian thinking that ravaged the European continent during most of the 20th century. Berman shows how a genuine religious inspiration can be turned into murderous terrorism, and offers insights into how Islamic radicalism mirrors some all-too-familiar episodes in America and Europe. He condemns the foreign policy “realism” of the right and diagnoses the naiveté of the political left. Finally, he calls for a “new radicalism” and “liberal American interventionism to promote democratic values throughout the world”—a vigorous new policy of American liberalism. Drawing from the history and philosophy of religion and politics, Berman is a peerless interpreter of today’s events.

“Mr. Berman is a wonderfully lucid presenter and analyzer of recent intellectual history.”—The New York Times Book Review
Breaks its bounds....As a thinker [and] as a writer, Berman begins to cast a spell. — Bookforum

Brilliant, stirring. — Dallas Morning News

Full of good, smart moments. — Kirkus Reviews

An accomplished intellectual history....This book has insights for everyone across the political spectrum who seeks a better understanding of the present danger. — National Review

One of the most challenging accounts of the post-9/11 world. — New York Times

Berman makes a compelling case. — New York Times Book Review

A compelling [and] powerful book. — Newsletter of the Social Democrats USA

Berman connects the dots of world fascism...Policymakers everywhere should bone up on his discoveries and take heed. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Berman is one of the most elegant and provacative thinkers to emerge from America's New Left. — Salon

An achievement...practical, yet analytical. — The Nation

There is much to admire in Berman's book....[a] valuable contribution. — The New York Review

A damning indictment of bad leftism...a smart [and] honest book that should be read. — The Weekly Standard

An engaging, delusion-busting history primer. — Village Voice

Wonderfully rich and illuminating. — Wall Street Journal

Berman's book is penetrating, insightful, honest, erudite...it is always intense. — Washington Monthly

Forceful and persuasive. — Washington Post Book World