Die for New York

Gérald Messadié

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The earthquake of September 11, 2001 and Islamist terrorism have placed France and Europe before the most important choice in their modern history: should they follow the United States in its militaristic reaction and thus strengthen their hegemony, should they expose themselves to the consequences of a new kind of global conflict? Or should they once again affirm their identities and their historical conception of civilization, and thus remedy deadly antagonisms? Essayist, historian of religions, Gerald Messadié demonstrates that the current and global anti-American hostility stems from the policy of the United States for half a century, and that it aims to succeed the colonial empires of past centuries. It also demonstrates that for many years mini-September 11s have taken place each year in French and European urban agglomerations, thus posing a problem that hasty analysts qualify as “security problems”. Its conclusion is that an international and national policy of repression can only exacerbate the tensions between the excluded and the powerful and that the expected results can only be superficial. And that the policy of France and Europe must aim to integrate the excluded and to erase the obstinate traces of the colonialisms of yesteryear.
The author

Born in Cairo in 1931, Gérald Messadié is a French science journalist, historian, essayist and novelist. Gérald Messadié died in Paris on July 5, 2018. Former editor-in-chief of the scientific magazine "Science et Vie", for 25 years, Gérald Messadié is also a prolific writer; he has published around a hundred scholarly works whose centers of interest are multiple. He is the author of historical novels, biographies, essays on the history of religions and a few works of science fiction, which give pride of place to esotericism. A man of great culture, passionate about history, ethnology and theology, he has published numerous essays on beliefs, cultures and religions, biographies ("Moïse", 1998). To the novelist, we owe in particular "The Marie-Madeleine Affair" (2002) and the historical frescoes "Jeanne de l'Estoille" (2003), "Storms on the Nile" (2004), "Saint-Germain, the man who did not want to die" (2005), "Marie-Antoinette, the crushed rose" (2006), "Joséphine, Napoleon's obsession" (2011). Author, among others, of "The Man Who Became God" (4 volumes, 1988-1995) – an investigation which met with worldwide success – and of "Contradictions and Improbabilities in the Bible" (2013), he did it again with "Jesus, says Barabbas" (2014), in view of a translation error that went unnoticed for sixteen centuries. At the same time, he published a vast historical study, "Autopsy of the atrocious 20th century" (2014), the indictment of a century crossed by two devastating wars which killed nearly a tenth of the inhabitants of the planet.

172 pages | ISBN: 9782914388207