Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way

Breathtaking analysis of the current global crisis from one of the Arab world’s most respected writers

The United States is losing its moral credibility. The European Union is breaking apart. Africa, the Arab world, and the Mediterranean are becoming battlefields for various regional and global powers. Extreme forms of nationalism are on the rise. Thus divided, humanity is unable to address global threats to the environment and our health. How did we get here and what is yet to come? World-renowned scholar and bestselling author Amin Maalouf seeks to raise awareness and pursue a new human solidarity. In Adrift, Maalouf traces how civilizations have drifted apart throughout the 20th century, mixing personal narrative and historical analysis to provide a warning signal for the future.

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September 1, 2020




Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut. He studied economics and sociology and then worked as an international reporter … Read more


Praise for Adrift


“The writer and scholar delves back into his own history to analyze the tragic consequences of the shock prophesized by Samuel Huntington.”
Le Figaro Magazine

“True change is possible: Maalouf shows us possible ways forward in magnificent prose filled with wisdom.”
La Provence

“A marvelous, luminous piece of writing.”
Europe 1

“Wonderful and terrifying.”
La Grande Librairie France 5

“A powerful voice.”
France Culture

“Over rupture and conflict, Amin Maalouf has always preferred epics of encounters, beginnings, and connections.”
Le Point

“An alarming report on the state of the world.”
Le Soir