What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way

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9780007229697: What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way

. 2007, 405pp

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'A roaring polemic of outrage against the moral and political crisis of the liberal tradition. It is already one of the most discussed current affairs books of the new year...At the very least it forces anyone on the left to think carefully about where their movement has ended up in the modern world.' The Guardian

‘...exceptional and necessary...Do not feel you have to be a leftist or liberal to read it, because it engages with an argument that it crucial for all of us, and for our time.’ Christopher Hitchens, Sunday Times

‘This is a brave, honest and brilliant book. Every page has a provocative insight that makes you want to shake the author's hand or collar him for an argument. Who could ask for more?' Observer

'(He writes with) a genuine passion and human sympathy about people who have experienced appalling suffering.' Michael Burleigh, The Evening Standard

‘Undoubtedly controversial and provocative “What’s Left?” is, as its title suggests, a bleakly witty but perhaps dimly hopeful examination of what it means to be liberal in an age where the lines that have been drawn in the sand are in danger of being washed away.’ Waterstones Books Quarterly

‘One of the most powerful denunciations of the manner in which the Left has lost its way...Cohen's is a brave voice.'
Michael Gove, The Spectator

'Nick Cohen explains how contemporary liberals have lost their way with his usual polemical brio.' The Observer

'An essay of wide reference and great brilliance.' John Lloyd, Financial Times

'Cohen skilfully shows how the left perversely set its moral compass by the United States...Cohen is at his best as a painstakingly forensic officer and he marshals his evidence with flair and rigour...He is at his very best when he exposes the dishonesty of the liberal press...Cohen's book has made me look with greater respect at the motives behind those who led the journey to war in Iraq in 2003, and view many of the anti-war campaigners with a new scepticism...This book is much more than a mere denunciation of old left-wing friends and colleagues. It is also a moving account of a long personal journey carried off with wit, verve, considerable literary skill and compassion.' The Observer

'It is an essay of wide reference and great brilliance, which flays every kind of foot-shuffling excuse for not facing up to the nature of the regime which that evil (and now, mercifully dead) tyrant, Saddam Hussein, inflicted on his country and planned for his region. Cohen surveys a gamut of liberal-left Western opinion that, in part under the pressure of the Iraqi war, has forgotten its best tradition and instead lapsed into its worst, that regards nothing as more important than the failures of its own societies, and that lacks the imagination or the will to comprehend the agonies of those living under tyranny.' Financial Times

'Powerful, angry, forensically argued.' James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday

'Nick Cohen's anger and scorn towards what he sees as the limp residue of Britain's liberal Left scorch their way through these pages.' Sunday Telegraph

'Nick Cohen smells out the cesspits of corruption and injustice with the keenest of noses. He tells it as it is, without fear or favour. He's one of the few independent voices left in an increasingly closed society.' Harold Pinter

'Cohen's re-evaluation of everything that has ever animated his vastly political being says many, many things that really do need to be said.' Deborah Orr, The Independent

'”What's Left “ illuminates some important shifts in political thinking that affect us all whether we like it or not.' The Word

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