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by A. C. Grayling

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As always Grayling is erudite and his ideas provide thought for the reader who is not a philosopher or may not have had thoughts on the specific topic except though general knowledge. He provides a logical basis on which to think further about the topic in hand. He writes a well crafted book. ( )
  msprint | Mar 14, 2011 |
Typically beautifully written history of Liberty from the Reformation to the Patriot Act. Serves as a very useful introduction to the essential discussion about the necessary balance between civil rights, on the one hand, and state security, on the other, in the face of the threat to the west since 9/11: a theme dealt with more directly in Professor Grayling's Liberty in the Age of Terror.

Islamicists who hate western society have seemingly succeeded disproportionately in striking at the fundamental principles underpinning that society by causing the successive governments in the US and UK, in particular, to roll back hard-won human rights such as Habeas Corpus, the presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. ( )
  IfIhadwordsto | Nov 7, 2010 |
Dr. Nabeel Yasin, the Iraqi poet, writer, academic and politician,has chosen to discuss A C Grayling's Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty and Rights that Make the Modern West, on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject - Democracy in Iraq, saying that:

“Grayling writes about the idea that people need constitutions, that people need freedom from oppression and also people need to express their demands to the state. This is very important because the state should try to provide benefits for people not keep them in jail or oppress them.”

The full interview is available here: http://five-books.com/interviews/nabeel-yasin ( )
  FiveBooks | Mar 29, 2010 |
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Do we take our liberties for granted at the risk of losing them in the war on terror? Grayling (Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius), a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a leading British public intellectual, believes so. This book is, in some respects, an old-fashioned, triumphalist history of the rise of Western liberty since the 16th century (with Martin Luther, John Locke and Elizabeth Cady Stanton playing leading roles), but nevertheless serves as a stirring call to arms to defend freedom from its enemies within and without. Grayling argues that the struggle for liberty has been one of sacrifice and hardship on the part of many heroic individuals. Despite the blood and the violence, it has been worth it. Today's ordinary Western citizen is, in sixteenth-century terms, a lord: a possessor of rights, entitlements, opportunities and resources that only an aristocrat of that earlier period could hope for. But, Grayling somberly writes, the process of losing our inheritance of liberty might have already begun.--From publisher's description.… (more)

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