Avowedly, Eagleton is a Marxist. One of the great shames of this book is that, beneath all his learning, when a clear, more committed voice emerges, it isn’t something radical we hear, but the same, dull, liberal platitudes (“the West risks being brought to the ground by its own unwielding strength”, “freedom must posit the freedom of others”) which we hear all of the time. It would seem, despite all his learning, that Eagleton is as perplexed as the rest of us. As readers we are cowed by his citations, not enlightened. Knowing that sublimated at the very core of society resides a primordial terror tells us precious little. It certainly tells us nothing about the history of terrorism nor illumines paths that may counter or prevent it ... as a treatise on terrorism, or as any sort of a guide to thinking about either the terror of the impassioned or the equally vile response of the scared State, this is all but useless.