The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World

by Bernard-Henri Lévy


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One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind

The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.

But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious nations, former empires eager to assert power and influence. Lévy shows how these five nations -- Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and the Sunni Arab world -- are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.

The Empire and the Five Kings is a cri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if it -- and its values -- are to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250203014
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 23,194
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of over thirty books including The Genius of Judaism, American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries include Peshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of Tobruk and Bosna! Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.

Table of Contents

Prologue: On Dove's Feet, the Kurds

1. Hegel's Ghost
2. How the Word Came to America
3. Lest I Forget You, Jerusalem, Aeneas, Virgil
4. Jeremy Bentham and the Web
5. Thus Spake the Empire of the Eye and of Nothingness

6. The Earth Shook in Kurdistan
7. Herodotus's Trap
8. Dante, Abraham, and the War of the Five Kings
9. The Brown Wave
10. The Specters' Ball

Epilogue: Where Does the Sea Go at Ebb Tide?


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The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree with him or not the book is a highly entertaining read, a touching tribute to the Kurds, and his personal story and worries for the future. A must read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is mostly cherry picking event to make long winded points