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With the Falling of the Dusk Paperback – 29 March 2021
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History is turning.
In only a few short decades, we have come a long way from Francis Fukuyama's declaration of the 'end of history' and the triumph of liberal democracy in 1989. Now, with the inexorable rise of China, the ascendancy of authoritarianism and the retreat of democracy, the world stands at a moment of crisis. This is a time of momentous upheaval and enormous geopolitical shifts, compounded by the global pandemic, economic collapse and growing inequality, Islamist and far right terror, and a resurgent white supremacy. The world is in lockdown and the showdown with China is accelerating - and while the West has been at the forefront of history for 200 years, it must now adapt to a world it no longer dominates. At this moment, we stand on a precipice - what will become of us?
Stan Grant is one of our foremost observers and chroniclers of the world in crisis. Weaving his personal experiences of reporting from the front lines of the world's flashpoints, together with his deep understanding of politics, history and philosophy, he explores what is driving the world to crisis and how it might be averted. He fears the worst, but begins to chart the way forward. There is bitterness, anger and history here, but there is also the capacity for negotiation, forgiveness and hope. A powerful and incisive analysis of the state of our world, and our place within it.
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About the Author
Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network and Sky News Australia. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor and senior correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. In 2015, he published his bestselling book Talking to My Country, which won the Walkley Book Award, and he also won a Walkley Award for his coverage of Indigenous affairs. In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous recognition. Stan is now Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University and International Affairs Analyst at ABC.
- Publisher : HarperCollins AU (29 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 146075803X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1460758038
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the background - always - is his own complex indigenous heritage and his personal struggle to find a place where he belongs. He identifies himself with each of the struggles for identity which he addresses.
in doing so, he draws on philosophers (mainly Hegel) and many other sources (Fukuyama, Huntington, etc.) to ask serious questions about the inevitability - or otherwise - of it all.
I highly recommend this challenging, yet very readable, book
The book combines bits of journalism, memoir, history and philosophy. And it doesn’t advance an all-encompassing theory or explanation. If there is one, it appears to be that the world, its peoples, histories, cultures, civilisations, is a lot more complicated than any single one of them, let alone any single theory or explanation for anything. And that’s good. He quotes Amery that “the world always dies where the claim of some reality is total”. And Polish philosopher Kolakowski that “the Devil … invented ideological states whose legitimacy is grounded in the fact that their owners are owners of the truth. If you oppose such a state or its systems, you are an enemy of truth”.
Grant is good on China and communist tyranny; he’s good on Islamist tyranny; he identifies and analyses the potential for post-fascist, right wing, populist authoritarianism in the West; but he doesn’t see the potential for a post-communist, left-wing, technocratic authoritarianism in the West, driven by victim/identity politics, social justice, diversity, inclusion, equity agendas, and apocalyptic environmentalism and their overlapping demands for revolutionary change. This seems to me to be the closest thing we now have in the West to Kolakowski’s ideological state whose legitimacy is grounded in ownership of of the truth; so that opposing this regime is to be an enemy of truth - cancel culture.
Stan is brave when explaining his heritage and twinning it to evil historic events.
I have learned so much from reading this great book. Philosophers - ancient and modern - who are important to Stan Grant have me in my understanding as I read this important book.
It is an important ‘must read’.