is Verso's renowned series of punchy, polemic titles attacking the apologists of neo-liberalism and Empire. From Hitch to Bono, no sacred cow or globe-trotting celeb is immune to the excoriating verdicts of these often amusing, always trenchant books.
To mark the latest in the Counterblasts
series, Japhy Wilson
's book on Jeffrey Sachs,
we're offering the chance to win all the books in the series to one lucky entrant. We will also be offering a copy of Jeffrey Sachs
to three runners up. Other books in the series include The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power)
, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens
, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work
, The Impostor: BHL in Wonderland
, and Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil?
Jeffrey Sachs is famous for forging the doctrine that came to be known as 'shock therapy'. Shock therapy is both an economic and political strategy, which entails the sudden implementation of a set of reforms designed to shock an economy from one based on state planning to that of free markets. To read more about the strange world of Jeffrey Sachs, check out our abridged extract from Wilson's book.
To enter the competion simply answer this question: On 2 January 1992 in which country was Jeffrey Sachs' programme of shock therapy implemented?Email your answer with your name and address to email@example.com. Please use the subject line JEFFREY SACHS. The deadline is 5pm GMT on Friday 6th June and the winner and three runners up will be chosen at random from the correct entries.
Writing for the Times Higher Education
, Matthew Reisz reviews historian and postcolonial scholar Bart Moore-Gilbert's latest book, The Setting Sun: A Memoir of Empire and Family Secrets
. In The Setting Sun
, Moore-Gilbert traces his roots in pre-Independence India in an attempt to figure out if his deceased policeman father was a terrorist. Reisz calls it a "compelling narrative," saying it's the welcome first of the academic's more creative endeavors.
Élisabeth Roudinesco, author of Lacan: In Spite of Everything, sat down with Laurent Etre on the 9th of September 2011 to discuss the founder of the Paris Freudian school, Jacques Lacan, who, thirty years prior, on 9 September 1981, had passed away—leaving in his wake a generation of followers and dissenters. Élisabeth Roudinesco, a recognised authority on his thought, helps us to grasp his relevance for the present day.
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
Apologies for the delay in getting back to you with the winners of the #Lefebvre competition
. Your entries were all so good; it's been a really tough decision. In fact, it probably would have been quicker and easier to sit down and read all 848 pages, back to back, without a break.
But the lines are now closed, your critiques have been well and truly, err, critiqued, and the winners are: