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Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century explains the historical origins of the political shocks of the past decade: why politics has been so difficult, why energy and debt are such a large part of these difficulties, and how two rather different kinds of democratic crises exist in Europe and the United States.
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New Statesman Helen Thompson's book stands tallest among the recent titles that attempt to make sense of our age of crises. Disorder is a singular work owing to the skill with which Thompson maps the intersecting relationships between energy, global monetary policy, and the state of liberal democracy.
Simon Nixon, The Times Fascinating
Howard Davies, Literary Review A stimulating read.
Gavin Jacobson, New Statesman Exceptional
Peter Franklin, Unherd Excellent.
Christopher Bray, The Tablet Bold and brilliant, studded with insights...one of the year's most essential books.
Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times A powerful guide to modern Hard Times...any reader will finish it with a deeper understanding of our contemporary challenges.
Tom Clark, Prospect Most of us struggle to keep up [with the news], but not Helen Thompson - she doesn't merely grip each strand, but ties them together.
James Barr, The Critic Bursting with ideas.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, Summer Books 2022: Economics [Disorder is] as disturbing as it is thought-provoking.
Gilles Gressani, Le Grand Continent, 'What to read this summer' If you are looking for a well-developed and convincing theory of our time, I advise you to start here.
Tony Yates, Chatham House We are on the verge of a fascinating epoch that Thompson might write about in a second volume, but that doesnt invalidate her first. Instead, it underscores her larger point that energy and finance are often at the heart of geopolitics.
Robert Fox, Reaction Disorder is a brilliant extended essay on the troubles of the era in terms of energy, global finance, governance and democracy...So much of this tortuously fascinating book gives the background to the global crisis now upon us, specifically in energy and governance.
Richard Lofthouse, QUAD If you want to understand why Russia invaded Ukraine then this book will help.
Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Director of the European Institute, Columbia University Deftly weaving together the history of energy, economics, and politics, Disorder restores depth to contemporary history. Refusing familiar stereotypes, Thompson offers a truly eye-opening account of our current predicament and points the way to a deeper understanding of the energy transition that lies ahead. Challenging and essential reading.
Gary Gerstle, author of The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World during the Free Market Era A remarkable history of the complex ways in which the global energy economy has shaped the wealth and politics of nations. Helen Thompson's command of her subject is second to none. Disorder is revelatory, sobering, and indispensable.
Tom Holland, bestselling author and co-host of The Rest is History podcast To read Thompson on the history of the past century is to see it in a sudden sharp definition. It is akin to loo...
Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University and also Deputy Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of Oil and the western economic crisis (2017); China and the mortgaging of America (2010); and Might, right, prosperity and consent: representative democracy and the international economy(2008). Since 2015, Helen has been a regular contributor to the podcast Talking Politics and has written articles for the London Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Financial Times.
Introduction: Disruption I: Geopolitics 1: Eurasian limits 2: The impossible oil guarantee 3: Eurasia remade II: Economy 4: Our currencies, your problem 5: Made in China, need dollars 6: We are not in Kansas any more III: Democratic politics 7: Democratic time 8: The democratic tax state 9: Whither reform Conclusions: The more things change Index