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JEAN-FRANCOIS REVEL (1924-2006) was a French journalist, author, philosopher and a member of the Académie française from June 1998 onwards. He was perhaps best known for Without Marx or Jesus, How Democracies Perish, and The Totalitarian Temptation. Until his death in April 2006, he lived in Paris.
Here is a tasty paradox: How did the Leftist legions regroup after history delivered its fatal blow to the Soviet system? Simple, argues Jean-Francois Revel: the Left retreated to the impregnable fortress of the Utopian ideal. After all, socialism incarnate was always vulnerable to criticism. Utopia, on the other hand, lies by definition beyond reproach.
Revel probes the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil: imperialistic, greedy, ruthlessly competitive—a hyperpower whose riches are acquired at the expense of the Third World. At a time when it seems that much of the world is marching against America, Revel’s clearheaded analysis of the protestors’ motives shows what they’re really marching for and what the world will lose if their anti-Americanism should ever take hold.