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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (20 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781787330108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1787330108
  • ASIN: 1787330109
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Davies, a rising star in the world of political thought, has written a much-needed book that provides an original explanatory framework for our current predicament - Brexit and Trump included." (Guardian, 50 of the Biggest Books to Look Out For in Autumn 2018)

"If you read one book about contemporary politics this year, make it this one. William Davies is as acute and accurate on the shifts we are enduring as on the deep roots behind contemporary thinking (or not thinking, I should add)." (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)

"The roots of our current anxieties are traced in [Nervous States,] an absorbing book fizzing with ideasDavies is a wonderfully alert and nimble guide and [Nervous States] will help us feel our way to a better future." (Suzanne Moore Observer)

"What makes Nervous States such a fascinating read... is that it is a slickly written and timely intervention in an era when feelings have undoubtedly become more powerful than facts." (Ian O'Doherty Irish Independent)

"An insightful and well-written book that explores the deep roots of the current crisis of expertise. The scientific community has been founded on the basis of separating reason from feeling. But now science itself has exposed this separation as an untenable myth. So where do we go from here?" (Yuval Noah Harari)

"A useful guide to our timesNervous States makes a compelling case for paying more attention to the role of feelings, alongside that of reason, in modern life." (Julian Baggini Financial Times)

"[Davies] offers a penetrating analysis of 21st-century politics and culture… A fresh, astute examination of current events and urgent challenges." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Engrossing... Davies is a lively writer." (Alan Ryan Literary Review)

"Brilliant." (Matthew d'Ancona Guardian)

"Intriguing... [Nervous States is] a call for action." (Johanna Thomas-Corr Evening Standard)

About the Author

William Davies teaches political economy and sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work explores the history of ideas, especially the history of economics, and how this helps us understand the present. He is the author of The Happiness Industry and The Limits of Neoliberalism, and regularly writes for the Guardian and London Review of Books.

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