Strange Rebels
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Christian Caryl, a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, is also a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a former Newsweek correspondent. Caryl is a senior fellow of the centre for International Studies at MIT and winner of an Overseas Press Club Award.

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"If you haven't thought much about the year 1979, it's time you should. In this provocative work of scholarship and reporting, Christian Caryl argues that this was the year when a counter-revolution-led by Margaret Thatcher, John Paul II, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Deng Xiaoping-changed the course of history. After reading this book you won't think the same way about the 20th century again." (Anne Applebaum, author of Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956) "At the end of the 20th century, two coiled forces, religion and markets, sprung onto the world stage. From China's reforms to Margaret Thatcher's rise to Ayatollah Khomeini's revolution, they all began in 1979 and have been shaping international life ever since. Christian Caryl tells the story of that pivotal year-and its consequences-with intelligence, grace and lucidity." (Fareed Zakaria) "Christian Caryl's book is eloquent, elegant, and persuasive. It makes a connection that is obvious once he points it out-about the transformations in the Middle East, central and east Asia, and Europe from West to East whose after-effects shape our politics, culture, and economy even now. After reading this book, I will always think differently about developments in Iran, Afghanistan, China, and elsewhere because of the connections Caryl has drawn out. This is a very valuable and readable work combining the best elements of history and high-end contemporary reportage." (James Fallows, author of China Airborne) "Christian Caryl takes a series of seemingly disparate events that shook the world of the late 1970s and uncovers the strands that bind them together. The result is an amazing story that illuminates the world we live in." (Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War) "We knew something was happening in 1979. And now, thanks to Christian Caryl, we know what it was. A hands-on reporter with global experience, Caryl follows the common thread running through the seemingly unrelated upheavals in Britain, Poland, Iran, Afghanistan, and China that year, revealing a powerful revolutionary traditionalism that continues to shape the world we live in today. An eye-opening and deeply sobering book." (Mark Lilla, author of The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West)"

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