This book contains brief, almost breezy (and very readable) essays on the philosophies and political implications thereof of Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Kojève, Foucault, and Derrida.
I read the papers on MH, MF, and JD -- and the last two (for those who aren't up to speed on their ideas) are *very* good introductions to their basic thinking. The essay on MH is too superficial to deal with this complex topic.
I have no interst at this point in WB, and have read a lot about CS, and just recently read an entire book on
AK -- so will skip those and move on now to Descombes (who gets a plug, btw, from Lilla).
My guess is that Lilla's other (more sustained) books might disappoint -- and that he is best in the short form -- but that's just a surmise based on nothing....