Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, and professor and director of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Darker Nations: A Biography of the Short-Lived Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.
His new book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution from Leftword is the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey.
Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird's-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Vijay Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”
The heart of this book explores the turmoil in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon—countries where ISIS emerged and is thriving. It is here that the story of the region rests. What would a post-ISIS Middle East look like? Who will listen to the grievances of the people? Can there be another future for the region that is not the return of the security state or the continuation of monarchies? Placing developments in the Middle East in the broader context of revolutionary history, The Death of the Nation tackles these critical questions.
- "Vijay Prashad has produced a brilliantly original interpretation of the major developments in the Middle East during the last several years. It brings to bear the striking originality and depth of knowledge of the author, illuminating many controversial happenings, including the Arab Spring, the emergence of ISIS, the Syrian War, and the intensifying Turkish maelstrom."—Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
- "Vijay Prashad analyzes the Arab world with the depth of a brilliant historian, the sweep of a seasoned journalist, and the prose of an impassioned traveler. His book is an uncanny marvel that details the head-spinning complexity of the making and unmaking of the Arab Spring revolutions while molding the story into an easily-digestible package."—Medea Benjamin, author, cofounder CODEPINK
- "This gripping, grim, and provocative book tells the story of the conflagrations across the Middle East. The book will make the reader think, argue with it, and hope."—Laleh Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics, SOAS, University of London
In paperback, 246 pages, Rs 375. ISBN: 9789380118369