The Obama Syndrome (Hardcover)

Surrender at Home, War Abroad

By Tariq Ali

Verso, 9781844674497, 156pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2010



What has really changed since Bush left the White House? Very little, argues the author, apart from the mood music. The fact that Obama has proved incapable of shifting the political terrain even a few inches in a reformist direction will pave the way for a Republican surge and triumph in the not too distant future.

About the Author

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics--including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Bush in Babylon," "The Clash of Fundamentalisms" and "The Obama Syndrome"--as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the "New Left Review" and lives in London.

Praise For The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad

The Obama Syndrome will be a powerful boost to Obama dissenters on the left.”—Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Obama Syndrome documents the collapse of the Myth into a thousand pieces”—Vijay Prashad, Sri Lanka Guardian

“A comprehensive account.”—Andrew Levine, Huffington Post

“Ali ... remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower in his adopted London; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist.”—Stryker McGuire, Observer

“Ali is smart as fire.”—Ian Epstein, New City

“Ali doesn’t put all blame on Obama and offers a prescription for the terrible problems confronting us: ‘The lack of popular social movements in the United States enabled the elite to impose its own solutions, and these were, unsurprisingly, designed to boost the existing arrangements ... The lesson is an old one: without action from below, there will be no change above.’”—Z Magazine