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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Judt Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781615731190
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Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today.

In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we’ve all been feeling into a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things.

As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America—the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness—is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it’s no longer part of the common discourse. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency.

Distinctly absent from our national dialogue, social democrats believe that the state can play an enhanced role in our lives without threatening our liberties. Instead of placing blind faith in the market—as we have to our detriment for the past thirty years—social democrats entrust their fellow citizens and the state itself.

Ill Fares the Land challenges us to confront our societal ills and to shoulder responsibility for the world we live in. For hope remains. In reintroducing alternatives to the status quo, Judt reinvigorates our political conversation, providing the tools necessary to imagine a new form of governance, a new way of life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/20/2014

    " Certainly one of the greatest non-fiction works I have ever read. A year before he succumbed to the effects of Lou Gehrig's disease, Judt left us with this damning critique of the western hemisphere's ability to self-govern. I only wish more people would read it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Hansen | 2/19/2014

    " An outstanding commentary on how we live today and what we have lost politically, economically and socially. A book that will make you think regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/10/2014

    " An excellent book about the need for economic equality and what needs to be dome for Social Democrats to become more influential and the consequences if we continue down this road we have traveled since Reagan and Thatcher came to power thirty years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Carroll | 1/23/2014

    " Erudite, revealing, beautifully written book on social democracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian Valvano | 1/20/2014

    " Brilliant. Frightening and depressing - but brilliant. I love the title, taken from Goldsmith's "The Deserted Village." Judt did prodigious research, as always, and he is extremely perceptive and articulate, as always. Anyone who is interested in a brief but totally clear-eyed and factually grounded explanation of why everything is so screwed up should read this. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt that there are enough people of good will (and I know that there are not enough politicians or would-be politicians of good will) who have the integrity, perseverance, humanistic principles, and sheer intelligence and competence to effect the changes that Judt prescribes as necessary to improve things. Thus my fear and my depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 1/16/2014

    " A profoundly simple and dense book with tools for thinking our way into solving the unending financial and related social crises boomeranging around the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Rising | 1/8/2014

    " Remarkable book about the role of government and the responsibility we have as a society. Regardless of political belief, it asks hard questions that deserve attention and hard thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Walsh | 1/8/2014

    " Everything that ails today's world, cogently reasoned and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Snodgrass Callaway | 1/7/2014

    " Clear readable description of the state of the world by a well known very articulate British historian. This book was dictated during the last year of Judt's life. He suffered from ALS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy | 1/1/2014

    " Wat 'n geweldig boek. Ik heb gelezen dat alle eerste en tweede kamer leden dit boek ontvangen hebben. Waarom merk ik er dan niets van? Zo moeilijk is het niet. Dit boek zou verplichte kost moeten wezen op scholen. Trek er als leraar een jaar voor uit, neem je leerlingen mee op reis en daag ze uit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Lainhart | 12/21/2013

    " Maybe it's because I listened to the audiobook this time, but I found Judt to be less convincing and to offer less answers than when I read it in 2010. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 12/5/2013

    " Asks great, big questions about our contemporary political philosophy but ultimately fails to distinguish between socialism and social democracy. Weak conclusion, but some poignant prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 11/30/2013

    " One of the most important books on European History following WWII, and how we got where we are. Brilliant writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandrabuczek | 5/6/2013

    " Everyone should read this. How in the past 30 years we've (UK & US) made it all about "me" when it's really all about "us." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Litchford | 2/19/2013

    " This book put a lot of my thoughts in order for me. He answered a lot of questions I had about how we've come, as a society, to where we are. My only problem with the book was the lack of offered solutions beyond 'Young people need to get involved and reform from within.' (I'm paraphrasing.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/9/2013

    " Useful ideas, but I had so many issues with the collective "we" used to refer to all Americans. It seemed to obscure many of the structural, economic, and media structures at work influencing popular opinion and the boundaries of political discourse in the last century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Maria Ballester Bohn | 12/31/2012

    " He's very right, no doubt. But I still have no clue what to do about it all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/11/2012

    " beautiful prose, salient argument. highly recommended for all interested in the terrain of the modern political landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/24/2012

    " Oh America...why are we so afraid of ourselves? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/8/2012

    " Interesting book on the political landscape and the perils of a lot of the current political trends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Panos | 11/26/2011

    " A very relevant, thought provoking, call to arms, for aspiring social democrats and progressive citizens in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/31/2011

    "
    I agree with Judt's position re. the role of government for the common good. But I got weary of the analysis and was disappointed that he didn't go further toward a solution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 2/23/2011

    " Judt gave us the key--read this to learn how we can think (and CARE) our way out of the mess the US is currently in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Maria | 2/20/2011

    " He's very right, no doubt. But I still have no clue what to do about it all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 2/13/2011

    " 3.5. Extremely well-written; just didn't quite take me there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ft. Sheridan | 1/29/2011

    " Judt is great, as always--the editing really puts the book over the top, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/28/2011

    " This is among the most important books for all citizen-readers to talk about. A fine book for a library forum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathérine | 1/25/2011

    " Zeer interessant en toegankelijk! Echt een aanrader! "

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About the Author
Author Tony Judt

Tony Judt (1948–2010) wrote or edited fifteen books, including Postwar, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was a professor at New York University and the founder and director of the Remarque Institute. In 2009 he was awarded a Special Orwell Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to British political writing.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.