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Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt
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Nov 09, 10

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

Tony takes a long look at contemporary western society and finds it (particularly England and the U.S.) to be lacking in social purpose. Given the outcome of the 2010 U.S. elections, his pessimism seems well-founded. As I have presumed to call him Tony, I will also note that he wrote this as he descended into the last stages of his ALS. Rather than get him down, however, the process only seemed to quicken his spirit and enhance the urgency of his message. I will miss many things about him including his incredible ability to bring coherence to large masses of historical data, his lucid prose and his purity of purpose. His memories of growing up in England - published in the NYRB before and after his death - charmed me.
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