The definitive account of our turbulent times

The definitive account of our turbulent times
Supporters cheer during a Donald Trump campaign event in November 2016: Pankaj Mishra claims that unpredictable figures like Trump are profiting from a rage that festers at the heart of the modern world Pic: Getty

Politics: Age of Anger: A History of the Present, By Pankaj Mishra, Allen Lane, €23

To quote Howard Beale – the alcoholic anchorman who streaks like a meteor through Paddy Chayevsky’s great film Network (1976) – “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. We know things are bad.”

Oh, things are bad, all right: Trump, Brexit, Isis, North Korea’s nuclear programme, the US Muslim ban, the return of white nationalism, fake news, worldwide protests, Putin, war in Syria. How the hell did we get here? In his dense, gripping...

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