A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim worldÂ Â Â Â A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima, original thinkers across Asia, working independently, sought to frame a distinctly Asian intellectual tradition that would inform and inspire the continentâ€™s anticipated rise to dominance.Â Â Â Â Â Asian dominance did not come to pass, and those thinkersâ€”Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and Sun Yatsen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim in the ruins of the Ottoman Empireâ€”are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial tradition. But Pankaj Mishra shows that it was otherwise in this stereotype-shattering book. His enthralling group portrait of like minds scattered across a vast continent makes clear that modern Asiaâ€™s revolt against the West is not the one led by faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants but one with deep roots in the work of thinkers who devised a view of life that was neither modern nor antimodern, neither colonialist nor anticolonialist. In broad, deep, dramatic chapters, Mishra tells the stories of these figures, unpacks their philosophies, and reveals their shared goal of a greater Asia. Â Â Â Â Right now, when the emergence of a greater Asia seems possible as at no previous time in history,Â From the Ruins of EmpireÂ is as necessary as it is timelyâ€”a book essential to our understanding of the world and our place in it.