Free World: Why A Crisis of the West Reveals the Opportunity of Our Time by Timothy Garton Ash - review by Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh

The Way Through to the Light

Free World: Why A Crisis of the West Reveals the Opportunity of Our Time

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THREE CURRENT-AFFAIRS experts have consistently impressed me on British TV: Philip Windsor, who sadly drank himself to death; Hazhir Teimourian, whose wine intake is modest; and Timothy Garton Ash, with whose alcohol consumption I am as little familiar as his person.

Garton Ash is a serious figure whose views are respected in chambers of power on both sides of the Atlantic. He is neither a left-wing moralist, nor one of those callow lovers of shallow paradox who thrive among the right-wing 'commentariat'. His writing is punchy rather than puerile, and the

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