Book Review: The Shipwrecked Mind

The Shipwrecked Mind
Lilla, Mark
New York Review Books, 2016

Subtitled “On Political Reaction” this book is a composite of profiles of several reactionary figures. Although advertised as being an introduction toward understanding the reactionary politics of our times, there was very little analysis of the basis of reactionary politics. Instead the book dove straight into profiles without providing a context, and while the profiles were informative relative to the profiled individual there was an assumption that the reader understood the impact of that person to the movement. The end of the book does indeed attempt to tie the views of two modern intellectuals to a specific event in a way that does shed a bit more light on the event, but I feel the book would have been more successful had it taken that approach throughout.

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