This book is part of a rescue operation: an attempt to redeem the still redeemable. The treasure it seeks to save lies not in the eighteenth century, or even in 1956, but in the recent history of democratic transformation.
This treasure is about to be buried—who knows for how long—because of the perverse but revolutionary attempt of the Bush government to impose political democracy through military force and to use democratization as the ideological arm of a neoimperial project to establish a new type of control over the Islamic Middle East.
That project is collapsing, but it threatens to bury worldwide projects for democracy and democratization under its rubble
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