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3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but the title is very misleading., 10 July 2012
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This review is from: Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values (Paperback)
I picked this book up after being told that it would be an interesting insight into looking at the balance between current law in the war on terror and the need for civil liberties in our society. However, as I read through, it seemed to be the case that this was more about Grayling promoting his strong liberal ideology in relation to current legislation. Such a motive for writing this book became obvious when I researched Grayling to find him specializing in philosophy rather than law. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does mean this book may not be what you were originally looking for.

In terms of its actual merits, the book itself isn't too bad. Grayling's actual material is interesting, but it feels a little unrefined at times and in need of a little more editing. Grayling covers very interesting ideas about philosophy and social structures, he often ends up repeating himself or using overly dense and complex legal language. The overall result is a somewhat disorientating pacing that can make it difficult to read at times, but it's still not impossible.

Overall, if you're interested in a liberal viewpoint towards modern society, rather than the examination of current law promised, this will be a hard, but rewarding, read. For those expecting what was promised on the cover, however, it will be somewhat dissapointing.
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