War, Evil and End of History

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From the celebrated author of the international bestseller Who Killed Daniel Pearl? comes another startlingly original work of literature. In WAR, EVIL AND THE END OF HISTORY, Bernard-Henri Levy continues his daring investigation into the breeding grounds of terrorism with a series of riveting first-person reports from five of the world's most horrific 'forgotten' war zones. In Sri Lanka, he conducts a clandestine interview with a terrified young woman recently escaped from a suicide-bomber training camp. He journeys, blindfolded, into the Colombian jungle to interview a psychotic drug lord who considers himself the successor to Che Guevara and fronts a bloodthirsty 'guerilla' army. Levy surreptitiously observes the nameless slaves working the diamond mines that fund an endless war in Angola, airdrops into a rebel stronghold in the blockaded Nuba mountains of the Sudan and reports on the ongoing carnage in Burundi between Hutus and Tutsis. But Levy is more than just a journalist: as France's leading philosopher, he follows the reports with a series of intensely personal and probing 'reflections' considering how, in an enlightened, cultured, and well-informed society, these wars have acquired such a perverse non-meaning. He considers war literature from Stendhal, Hemingway, Proust and others, and issues an excoriating response to those who have glorified it. He reconsiders his own background as a student revolutionary in Paris in May 1968, and as a 22-year-old war reporter in Bangladesh. And, in one of the book's most moving passages, he recounts his travels with Ahmad Massoud, the anti-Taliban Afghan leader assassinated hours before the September 11 attacks. Already a huge bestseller in Europe, WAR, EVIL AND THE END OF HISTORY is the work of one of the world's most popular philosophers at the height of his powers.