The Dragons of Expectation by Robert Conquest
Reality and Delusion in the Course of History

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A philosophical defense of modern civilization traces the consequences of seductive ideas throughout history, analyzing how false nostrums have led to corruption within every type of government and in the academic world.

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Robert Conquest, author of Reflections on a Ravaged Century and The Great Terror, is a Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He lives in Stanford, California.
Published December 1, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In an entertaining diatribe on bureaucratic muddling that has the effect of promoting barbarism in our culture, the author rails against a “half-educated or diseducated class that puts vast wealth into purchasing objects they believe to be ‘art.’ ” While he claims America is more infected with th...

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Responding to the war against Islamist barbarians, Conquest assails veneration of the U.N., the EU, the International Criminal Court, a knee-jerk intellectual anti-Westernism and the presumption that benevolent colonial intervention is necessarily bad.

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