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Times Higher Education Supplement
Propelled by an ecumenical motive—to explain the 'massive, stubborn, and exasperating otherness of others', in this case conservative thinkers—and guided, as he himself muses, by 'an inbred urge toward symmetry', Albert Hirschman has written an enjoyable and profound book. He argues that a triplet of 'rhetorical' criticisms—perversity, futility, and jeopardy—'has been unfailingly leveled' by 'reactionaries' at each major progressive reform of the past 300 years—those T. H. Marshall identified with the advancement of civil, political and social rights of citizenship...Charmingly written, this book can benefit a diverse readership.
— Diego Gambetta