Author(s): Ian Dunt
Nationalism has marched across the world. Wherever it goes, it seeks to destroy the liberal values that underpin Western civilisation. In this epic new book, political journalist Ian Dunt tells the forgotten story of the advance of liberalism and the events which led to its current retreat.
His sweeping narrative takes in the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, John Stuart Mill, the great economic clashes between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek, and the works of George Orwell. He then traces how the financial crash, identity politics and post-truth have wreaked havoc on liberal values in some of the world's biggest countries.
Weaving together history, philosophy and polemic, How To Be A Liberal stretches from the dawn of the age of science to the latest developments in politics and everyday life. This wide-ranging and powerful account will answer all the questions you have about what's happening to our society and how we make a better world.
'This is a history of ideas as it should be written - brilliant, vivid story-telling about the people who shaped liberalism, the challenges it has faced over the centuries, its commitment to the truth and why it's now more important than ever to defend it.'
CAROLINE LUCAS MP
'A tour de force; a mighty trumpet blast for the forces of liberalism and enlightenment in the face of a global tide of ignorance and populism.'
THE SECRET BARRISTER
'Clear-eyed and hard-headed. His defence of liberalism is political writing at its most urgent and engaging.'
NICK COHEN, OBSERVER COLUMNIST
'Dunt's gift for making complicated issues comprehensible is second to none. Courageous.'
JAMES O'BRIEN, LBC
'How To Be A Liberal is required reading for today's political debates.'
ANNE APPLEBAUM, TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY
'A phenomenal history from a truly big mind.'
DAVID SCHNEIDER, THE DEATH OF STALIN