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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782111883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782111887
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Creating Freedom is quite magnificent in its intelligence, acuity, scope, human warmth and - most importantly - hope! My book of the year" (STEPHEN FRY)

"What makes it exceptional is its sophisticated philosophical argument. . . This year's essential text for thinking radicals" (STEWART JEFFRIES Guardian)

"Strong arguments . . . epic in scope . . . [A] manifesto . . . to enlighten citizens stuck in an illusion of democracy" (HELEN WARRELL Financial Times)

"A unique contribution to a subject -- discussed for more than two millennia -- where unique contributions are rare indeed . . . Beautifully written, vigorously argued and remarkably researched . . . No one has examined the issues of freedom and moral responsibility in such an extensive and fascinating context, or done more to show that these issues are not ivory tower debates but absolutely life and death issues for individuals and quite possibly for our species. If the movement that Martinez celebrates and champions is ever to occur, this book will be a valuable stimulus and an essential guide" (BRUCE WALLER)

"Martinez speaks for a generation living through a profound mismatch between their aspirations for freedom and creativity and the thudding conformity a society, driven by the market, demands" (PAUL MASON)

"Comes the moment; comes the book. A 'manifesto for real and radical change'. This is a brilliant and timely analysis of our political landscape and the ideals which should inform how we reshape the world" (HELENA KENNEDY QC)

"Thought-provoking . . . sound and persuasive . . . Eminently readable with a an elegance of style not often found in theoretical works. It is no less than a rallying cry to take back the substance rather than the illusions of our freedoms" (New Internationalist)

"Provocative, powerful and important, Creating Freedom is a rigorous exploration of what's gone wrong with our society and how to make it right" (SUSAN SARANDON)

"Lucid and bright, Creating Freedom is a light to guide us onward. Please read it" (RUSSELL BRAND)

"I've been working my way through, highlighter in hand, at times thinking "why bother! Just highight the whole thing". Super impressive" (DAVID BYRNE)

"Everyone trying to puzzle through how to deal with the madness of the world - and the forces destroying it - should read this book" (JOHANN HARI)

"In this stunning and lucid book, Raoul Martinez re-assesses our past, re-examines our present, and re-imagines our future. It's such an exciting and compelling read that you almost don't notice at first how radical it is. Creating Freedom makes me think that we humans are on the cusp of our next big step - and it's this kind of thinking that will carry us over" (BRIAN ENO)

"This discussion of the impossibility of ultimate moral responsibility is extremely well written, aphoristic in places, and philosophically right on target" (GALEN STRAWSON)

"A profound and interesting project" (NICK DAVIES)

"An impassioned social and political critique with glimmers of hope for change . . . An intelligent, rigorous manifesto" (Kirkus)

"Creating Freedom presents a stunning treatise; the freedoms within our society are illusory or entirely antithetical to actual liberty... The author, and the arguments within his book, have a tendency to leave a reader feeling enlivened, stirred and provoked... Martinez has arguments to make your head spin... The difficulty of imagining this new moral landscape seems daunting, but in the company of Raoul Martinez it seems a tiny bit more likely" (Irish Times)

"Every now and then you read a book that's so good you want to recommend it to everyone. [This] is such a book. It's a clear and convincing plea for freedom and democracy, and against capitalism and inequality, and it really opens your eyes to things that you might have felt, but couldn't yet formulate" (Vice)

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Philosopher, artist and award-winning film-maker Raoul Martinez's radical, revolutionary and highly provocative rethink of freedom

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