The Skimmer

Left in Dark Times By Bernard-Henri Levy Random House; 233 pages

French journalist and philosopher (apparently still at least a part-time profession in the 21st century) Levy is in full finger-wagging mode in this latest polemic. Unlike the grounded, tangible arguments of 2006's excellent American Vertigo--in which he roamed the U.S. à la Tocqueville and painted a portrait of a nation both majestic and mad--there's an intellectual ranginess to Dark Times that makes it difficult to pin down. The object of Levy's ire is the left, or rather, "the monsters that the new laboratories of what we in Europe call Leftism...

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