Worlds at War
Worlds at War
The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812968903, 625pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 2009
Modern times bring a first world war, which among other things seeks to redesign the Muslim world by force. In our own era, Muslims now find themselves in unwelcoming Western societies, while the West seeks to enforce democracy and its own secular values through occupation in the East. Pagden ends on a cautionary note, warning that terrorism and war will continue as long as sacred and secular remain confused in the minds of so many.
Eye-opening and compulsively readable, Worlds at War is a stunning work of history and a triumph of modern scholarship.
“Bold, panoramic and highly readable, at times a page-turner.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“A masterpiece of stunning scope, readability, and relevance. Worlds at War makes epic battles of the past come alive as illuminations of what is happening today in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.”
–Strobe Talbott, author of The Great Experiment
“A grand synthesis of military and intellectual history, political philosophy and theology, Worlds at War delivers the old-fashioned pleasures of vivid prose and lively narration.”
“Absorbing . . . Pagden writes smart, fluent, lively prose. His book is a pleasure to read.”
–The Houston Chronicle
“If you are going to read only one book on the Manichaean struggle between East and West, this is the book.”
–Efraim Karsh, author of Islamic Imperialism: A History
“Splendid . . . learned, fluent and thoroughly entertaining.”
–National Post (Canada)
“Timely and provocative . . . enlightening.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer
Winner of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize