Heresies : Against Progress and Other Illusions, Paperback Book

Heresies : Against Progress and Other Illusions Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


By the author of the best-selling Straw Dogs, this book is a characteristically trenchant and unflinchingly clear-sighted collection of reflections on our contemporary lot.

Whether writing about the future of our species on this planet, the folly of our faith in technological progress, or the self-deceptions of the liberal establishment, John Gray dares to be heretical like few other thinkers today.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • ISBN: 9781862077188



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As always with Gray, keen observation, a realistic/pessimistic outlook, and a consistent, convincing synthesis. But many of the essays, taken together in book form, are heavily repetitive. And since this is a time-slice of essays, a first time reader (which I am not) of Gray would likely not get the development of the ideas; they would just come from nowhere, as mere assertions.<br/><br/>The narrowness of the time, too, from 1999 to 2004, also makes for a bit of repetition; though the number of unresolved issues from the turn of the millennium and first Bush Jr. term that I am reminded of is a bit shocking. Definitely several moments of, "Oh, yeah... what the hell?"