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Fukuyama's profound inquiry leads the reader to the question of whether humanity will eventually reach a stable state in which it is at last completely satisfied, or whether there is something about the condition of humans that will always lead them to smash this ultimate equilibrium and plunge the world back into chaos.
— George Gilder, The Washington Post Book World
"Bold, lucid, scandalously brilliant. Until now, the triumph of the West was merely a fact. Fukuyama has given it a deep and highly original meaning."
— Charles Krauthammer
"Clearly written...Immensely ambitious...A tightly argued work of political philosophy...Fukuyama deserves to have his argument taken seriously."
— William H. McNeill, The New York Times Book Review
"Provocative and elegant...Complex and interesting...Fukuyama is to be applauded for posing important questions in serious and stimulating ways."
— Ronald Steel, USA Today
"Extraordinary...Controversial...A superb book. Whether or not one accepts his thesis, he has injected serious political philosophy into the discussion of political affairs and thereby significantly enriched it."
— Mackubin Thomas Owens, The Washington Times
Posted December 20, 1999
Mr. Fukuyama presents an interesting and thought provoking thesis with his interpretations of Hegel and Kojeve. He fails, however, to consider the realities of the political and social situations that are faced by the countries he investigates. Is the world really headed to a universal liberal democracy, a welfare state with a market economy? Fukuyama's arguments are a convincing extension of Hegelianism but do not address fundamental questions of the real regime.
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Posted September 4, 2004
If it were possible to reconcile Hegel with Nietzsche, Fukuyama has found a way - this is the primier book by Fukuyama and will give the reader a full look at his ideas. Detractors may call the book and even the thesis grandiose, unnecessary, or an indulgence with no clear grounded common sense. This latter is true, in that only those willing to learn about history can see how fukuyama posits to deal with it, in this regard in the course of his arguments, Fukuyama supplies the reader with more than adequate information, though it should not be new to the reader. The sidenote reason FOR historians has always been 'to understand our natures, to understand where our natures would lead us, not to repeat the mistakes of the past' - indeed in this most uncertain of times, when could it be more necessary to examine the past, to question democracy? Some of the most clear examples of how such a process is justified are given here, such as the Islamic Revolution in this century. Let no one believe Fukuyama is anything short of the foremost leader in this new field of thought, and it will assuredly open up an entirely new school of historical science.
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