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A thought-provoking work,
This review is from: The Liberal Delusion (Paperback)
When I purchased this book recently, I felt, from recommendations of others who had already read it, that it was likely to be a thought-provoking work. I also feared that it might be a trifle turgid and heavy going! It would appear that my expectations were both right and wrong: the book was a fascinating read, but the straightforward and direct writing style made sure it never lost its sense of purpose, nor allowed its message to become blurred. What could have been quite complex ideas were offered in such a fashion that one never had to struggle to assimilate them.
The author is quite clearly a man of "old-fashioned" views, and he has researched his subject matter very thoroughly. I found it refreshing that he was prepared to "take on" the militant atheism of such "big names" as Richard Dawkins, who actually seemed to emerge from Marsh's criticism with any pretensions of intellectual rigour left in tatters! What I wouldn't give to witness a live debate between the two of them!
Marsh puts his finger neatly on the root causes of many of the ills which beset our society, and the result of this precision is a book which can present rather a bleak outlook. Sadly, it appeared that only by implication (of a return to a bygone set of values) did he suggest a remedy for the problems. If there is such a thing as a criticism of the book that I might offer, this is it. Perhaps he is saving this for a second book. I hope so!