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The best books of bold ideas in 2019

As part of Prospect's Books of the Year special, we round up the best offerings in philosophy, sociology and fresh thinking

By Prospect Team   Winter Special

Prospect's best "ideas" books of 2019. Photo: Prospect composite

Ideas do not merely describe the world; they have the power to change it. In 2019, Yellow Vest protesters crippled much of France, forcing Emmanuel Macron to retreat from his economic reforms. Their resentment is both explained and encouraged in Christophe Guilluy’s Twilight of the Elites (Yale), an attack on the bourgeois bohemians who erect citadels of privilege around them. Railing against the “Uberisation” of society, Guilluy is impatient with both neo-liberalism and multiculturalism, which he claims is an economic…

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