(Encounter Books, July 2009)
Lies, Damned Lies, and Economics, Stephen Spruiell, National Review Online, July 14, 2009
In a global environment in which misunderstandings and distortions of
the American past and present proliferate in a self-nourishing and parochial
fashion…Sorman [provides us with] exceptional knowledge of politics, economics,
social organization, educational practice, cultural expression and foreign
policy in the United States.
Guy Sorman is an outstanding writer and scholar who has revolutionized
the field of cultural economics. He is practically alone among our contemporaries
to combine field research and academic knowledge. This unique talent,
recognized in many countries as shown by its publications, has allowed
him to be a global pioneer. He has shown how globalization has impacted
traditional civilization like India, China or the Muslim world, destroying
the old order and paving the way towards economic development.
One of the most probing, the most honest minds among contemporary commentators
on the politics, economy, and social concerns of our time. His writing
invariably cast[s] a constructive critical glance at the world at the
start of the 21st century.
[Guy Sorman] systematically shows himself to be a highly innovative and
imaginative thinker who contributes to the debate taking place in the
United States on topics as divergent as the conservative revolution in
the United States, the role of a free market, the realities of life in
contemporary China, and immigration.
Sorman is not only an extremely influential writer, whose extraordinary
intellectual contributions have been recognized and praised worldwide.
He is also one of the best friends and advocates of the United States
in France, in Europe, and in the world. While, shockingly enough, anti-Americanism
is still somewhat rampant in Europe, Sorman has always been a promoter
of American values such as political democracy and economic freedom.
Mr. Sorman has traveled widely across the globe. He has met many of the
world's leaders. He has been an advisor to a previous French Prime Minister.
He writes widely in the press in a number of countries. And what he writes
has come to carry a lot of weight.