John Gray

John Gray is the author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), which in 2008 received the Lannan Foundation Notable Book Award, and The Immortalization Commission (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).


The Social Animal is an instruction manual for politicians, the chief virtue of which is that it is practically useless. Faced with geopolitical and economic upheaval, the New York Times columnist offers a reassuring refuge from reality.

The human-rights movement is nothing more than an unattainable utopian dream used to justify moral ends through ruinous wars of intervention.

A reflexive hostility to Western religion permeates the chattering classes. If only rationality ruled the day, they argue, the world would be at peace.

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April 17, 2014