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‘The Empire and the Five Kings’ Review: The Desert Grows

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Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France’s leading public intellectuals—a philosopher, activist and documentary filmmaker, and the author of some 30 short, sharp, topical books. His latest, released not long after his 70th birthday (and now translated by Steven B. Kennedy), sums up his long career as a bridger of worlds—what we can now call, without fear of exaggeration, the old world and the new. It testifies to the yawning chasm that’s developed between these worlds, and raises doubts over whether it can ever be bridged. The...

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