Reviews

  • A book every MP should read... brilliant... The Road to Somewhere has become a classic and I think Head Hand Heart will become a classic too.

    Kenneth Baker, The Telegraph
  • Goodhart makes a strong case for reviving the status of work outside the 'knowledge economy', as the age of automation approaches ... by highlighting dimensions of life and work that have been stripped of prestige in an age of individualism, he performs a valuable service.

    Julian Coman, Observer
  • Goodhart is one of the most important intellectuals in the country, if not Europe. He has consistently been ahead of the curve, no doubt because of his willingness to point out flaws in our liberal consensus before it was fashionable to do so ...

    The Sunday Times
  • Goodhart and his publishers may reflect on the freakishly good fortune of the book's timing ... joins the dots of Britain's current cultural and economic malaises. Goodhart is impassioned and hopeful, but the underlying ideological message is stark

    William Davies, Guardian
  • Voices the predicament of those whose dream - to live an ordinary, decent life - is often thwarted by a cognitive-obsessed society that disdains those who are not natural exam-passers

    James Bloodworth, Spectator
  • It's a topsy-turvy world where the work of the heart and hand is undervalued. It's time for a radical rethink in what we value - and Goodhart's book is a part of this urgent endeavour

    Nicci Gerrard
  • David Goodhart - the man who made the words "anywheres" and "somewheres" must-use terms of reference - turns his searching gaze and his genius for pithy formulation to another cause of division in the West: the fact that, as he puts it, "smart people have become too powerful.

    Tom Holland
  • David Goodhart is among the most insightful analysts of Anglo-American society, and of why the elites in our two countries so badly misunderstand the values, needs, and worth of most citizens. If you dream of a society that is more just and humane, offering more people more routes to dignity, prosperity, and happiness, then you will love Head, Hand, Heart

    Jonathan Haidt
  • David Goodhart means to start a reformation. With great clarity and unfailing sympathy for the human condition, he charts a path toward a society in which a fuller range of aptitudes will receive the recognition they are due.

    Matthew Crawford
  • Goodhart argues compellingly that an overvaluation of the role of cognitive elites in government and society has blinded us to the importance of the caring professions and vocations based on practical skills. Presenting an agenda that has become all the more urgent since the pandemic, Head, Hand and Heart is a powerful successor to Goodhart's hugely influential Road to Somewhere. For anyone concerned with the state of politics and society, this is a real must-read

    John Gray

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