Looking across the pondů the book everyone is talking about

27 February 2018

Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed, is creating a stir across the pond in the United States.

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The first UK review from the Economist concludes: “Deneen makes his case well… [and] is right to point out that the record of liberalism in recent years has been dismal… The best way to read Why Liberalism Failed is not as a funeral oration but as a call to action: up your game, or else.”

The Economist Asks podcast, which is widely heard in the US as well as the UK, has posted an interview with the author.

New York Times

Writing for the New York Times online, art columnist Scott Reyburn likens the book to Thomas Piketty’s influential bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Scott Reyburn writes, “Patrick J. Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, published in January (US), is one of the most talked-about books of the moment. The word ‘art’ doesn’t appear in the index of this short, sharp volume of political philosophy, just like it didn’t appear in the index of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. But like that revelatory survey of contemporary income inequality, Mr. Deneen’s book provokes a widening of thought in areas of economic and cultural life where thinking has narrowed. Like the art world.”

The New York Times posted a review and columns from both Ross Douthat and David Brooks have both devoted to Why Liberalism Failed.

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal posted a review.

The Atlantic

TheAtlantic.com published a critique of the author’s ideas by Shadi Hamid, contributing editor at The Atlantic and senior fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. James Traub's piece appeared the previous day on The Atlantic’s website.

The Week

Damon Linker has written a thoughtful review for The Week.

Full book information can be found here.