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Go Back to Where You Came From

The Backlash Against Immigration & the Fate of Western Democracy

Sasha Polakow-Suransky

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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
12 October 2017
What if the new far right poses a graver threat to liberal democracy than jihadists or mass migration? From Europe to the United States and beyond, opportunistic politicians have exploited economic crisis, terrorist attacks and an influx of refugees to bring hateful and reactionary views from the margins of political discourse into the corridors of power. This climate has already helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, pushed Britain out of the European Union, and put Marine Le Pen within striking distance of the French presidency. Sasha Polakow-Suransky's on-the-ground reportage and interviews with the rising stars of the new right tell the story of how we got here, tracing the global rise of anti-immigration politics and the ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe's new far right as defenders of Western liberal values. Go Back to Where You Came From is an indispensable account of why xenophobia went mainstream in countries known historically as defenders of human rights and models of tolerance.
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Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781849049092
ISBN 10:   1849049092
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sasha Polakow-Suransky is an Open Society Foundations fellow. He was an op-ed editor at the New York Times and a senior editor at Foreign Affairs and holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, the New Republic and theâ Boston Globe.

Reviews for Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration & the Fate of Western Democracy

'Polakow-Suransky ... has reported from across the globe for this book, providing dispatches from refugee camps and interviewing politicians, activists and immigrants on all sides of this debate. He captures social and political transformations in simple, memorable lines.' -- Washington Post â '[Polakow-Suransky] has covered a good amount of territory, interviewed some of the continent's characters, and given a fairish tour of recent events.'â -- Evening Standard 'Go Back to Where you Came From analyses the problem well ... Sasha Polakow-Suransky ... has painstakingly documented this phenomenon.' -- The Irish Times 'Aided by conflict and a deflationary crisis not seen since the 1930s, the West has been taken over by a moral panic over immigrants that threatens to found a new fascism. Sasha Polakow-Suransky's new book is a fine antidote to this motivated menace.' -- Yanis Varoufakis, author of And The Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability 'An important, deeply reported investigation into the rise of the extreme right around the globe and a warning of the implications for western democracies. A must read for all concerned citizens.' -- Paul Mason, author of PostCapitalism 'The populist rebellion sweeping the West is driven by a toxic combination of immigration, inequality, and identity. Sasha Polakow-Suransky's superb new book unpacks the story, taking readers through a changing Europe bursting with promise yet racked by conflict. With its deep reportage, gripping prose, and powerful message, it is a must read for anyone trying to understand global politics today -- and tomorrow.' -- Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs


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