Anthony Pagden is distinguished professor of political science and history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was educated in Chile, Spain, and France, and at Oxford. In the past two decades, he has been the reader in intellectual history at Cambridge, a fellow of King's College, a visiting professor at Harvard, and Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of many prizewinning books, including" Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present" and "European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism." Pagden contributes regularly to such publications as "The New York Times, Los Angeles Times," and "The New Republic."
"Bold, panoramic and highly readable, at times a page-turner.""-The New York Times Book Review""A masterpiece of stunning scope, readability, and relevance. "Worlds at War" makes epic battles of the past come alive as illuminations of what is happening today in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan."-Strobe Talbott, author of "The Great Experiment""A grand synthesis of military and intellectual history, political philosophy and theology, "Worlds at War" delivers the old-fashioned pleasures of vivid prose and lively narration.""-Newsday""Absorbing . . . Pagden writes smart, fluent, lively prose. His book is a pleasure to read.""-The Houston Chronicle""If you are going to read only one book on the Manichaean struggle between East and West, this is the book."-Efraim Karsh, author of "Islamic Imperialism: A History""Splendid . . . learned, fluent and thoroughly entertaining."-"National Post" (Canada)"Timely and provocative . . . enlightening.""-Cleveland Plain Dealer"Winner of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize"From the Trade Paperback edition."