End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

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Ever since its first publication in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man has provoked controversy and debate. Francis Fukuyama's prescient analysis of religious fundamentalism, politics, scientific progress, ethical codes, and war is as essential for a world fighting fundamentalist terrorists as it was for the end of the Cold War. Now updated with a new afterword, The End of History and the Last Man is a modern classic.
 

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Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department's policy planning staff. He is the author of The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California.
 
Published March 1, 2006 by Free Press. 464 pages
Genres: History, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Assuming the prosperity promised by contemporary liberal democracy indeed come to pass, Fukuyama wonders whether or how the side of human personality that thrives on competition, danger, and risk can be fulfilled in the sterile ambiance of a brave new world.

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Publishers Weekly

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History is directional, and its endpoint is capitalist liberal democracy, asserts Fukuyama, former U.S. State Department planner. In a broad, ambitious work of political philosophy, he identifies two

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History is directional, and its endpoint is capitalist liberal democracy, asserts Fukuyama, former U.S. State Department planner.

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Open Letters Monthly

He saw liberal democracy as the endpoint in the evolution of human politics, not because strife had left the world, but because “liberal democracy remains the only coherent political aspiration that spans different regions and cultures around the globe.” Fukuyama explains this primacy through a s...

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London Review of Books

On the contrary, I wrote, ‘there are signs in Fukuyama’s book that he is not firmly convinced that Kojève got everything right,’ implying that it is not clear that the book is shaped by his Straussian education.

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Harvard Business Review

People who spend their time studying businesses and trying to make them work better can’t help but notice that the fundamental ideology of business over the past 30 years — call it shareholder value — is rife with contradictions and doesn’t work all that well.

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eInternational Relations

Bin Laden’s path is therefore a testament to what Chan identifies as Fukuyama and Huntington’s biggest error, the last man of the West is replaced by the new man, who is eager to begin the story with his own terms or what Chan calls thymos, the need for recognition.

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The Jawa Report

He said: ‘They told them that the way the women had been photographed was against their religion and they said it was a sin in Islam for a male to look twice at a woman who is not covered.

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