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Jihad vs. McWorld Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy

ISBN-10: 0345383044
ISBN-13: 9780345383044
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"An important new book." --Newsweek "Mr. Barber is. . . the first to put Jihad and McWorld together in an inescapable dialectic . . . . [It] stands as a bold invitation to debate the broad contours and future of society." --Barbara Ehrenreich The New York Times Book Review "COMPELLING. . . IMPRESSIVE. . . A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs." --The American Reporter Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart--and bringing together--the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world's diverse populations into a blandly uniform market. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Jihad vs. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Barber's work for its bold vision and moral courage. Jihad vs. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. "CHALLENGING AND INSTRUCTIVE." --San Francisco Chronicle "BARBER IS WELL WORTH READING. . . FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE REAL WORLD, LOOK AT JIHAD vs. McWORLD." --The Nation "STIMULATING, TARTLY WRITTEN." --Publishers Weekly

Benjamin Barber was born in 1939. He studied at the Albert Schweitzer College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Grinnell College, and Harvard University. He currently holds the Walt Whitman Chair of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy. Barber is a noted writer and commentator on the American political scene with such works as An Aristocracy of Everyone, Strong Democracy, and Jihad vs McWorld. In addition to his books, Barber is a frequent contributor to such magazines as The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times. He coauthored the prize-winning, ten-part PBS/CBC television series The Struggle for Democracy. Barber is also a playwright. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

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