To Fight Against This Age

On Fascism and Humanism

Rob Riemen (Author)


“This is a book for people who want the West to regain its moral high ground, and who want to think hard about how to help achieve that.” —Anne Applebaum

An international bestseller, To Fight Against This Age consists of two beautifully written, cogent, and urgent essays about the rise of fascism and the ways in which we can combat it.

In “The Eternal Return of Fascism,” Rob Riemen explores the theoretical weakness of fascism, which depends on a politics of resentment, the incitement of anger and fear, xenophobia, the need for scapegoats, and its hatred of the life of the mind. He draws on history and philosophy as well as the essays and novels of Thomas Mann and Albert Camus to explain the global resurgence of fascism, often disguised by its false promises of ushering in freedom and greatness.

Riemen’s own response to what he sees as the spiritual crisis of our age is articulated in “The Return of Europa,” a moving story about the meaning of European humanism with its universal values of truth, beauty, justice, and love for life—values that are the origin and basis of a democratic civilization.

To Fight Against This Age is as timely as it is timeless, to be read by those who want to understand and change the world in which they live.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • January 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-63586-7
  • 4.9 × 7.6 in / 176 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Riemen’s dire warnings cannot help appearing prescient. American readers who are rightly worried about similarly distressing developments in the United States will feel fortified by the publication of To Fight Against This Age…establishes Riemen as an erudite, well-meaning and inspiring ally in the struggle to combat anti-liberal political trends.” — Damon Linker, New York Times Book Review

“I am on Riemen's side....I find that his case for considering today's developments 'fascist' is, in fact, useful in thinking about responses.” — James Fallows, The Atlantic

“We are sleepwalking into catastrophe; Riemen wants to wake us up and he does with passion, wisdom, and eloquence.” — Simon Schama

“This is a bold, courageous, original, and provocative meditation. It challenges many trendy diagnoses of the present crisis of western civilization by offering some very surprising and unexpected perspectives.” — Amos Oz

“Rob Riemen is one of the great modern champions of the Enlightenment and the best of its legacy.” — Sean Wilentz

“From Thomas Mann’s warning, ‘If ever Fascism should come to America, it will come in the name of freedom,’ to an elderly Czech poet’s cautious optimism about the future of Europe, these essays make a passionate case for values that are not so much ancient as ageless.” — Ingrid Rowland

“Piercing....[Riemen's] erudite essays add an enriching element to the ongoing conversation of a contentious political moment.” — Publishers Weekly

“An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology.” — Kirkus

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