Intellectuals

Intellectuals

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by Paul Johnson
     
 

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A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sarte, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillan Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tyan, Noam Chomsky, and others are revealed as intellectuals both

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A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sarte, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillan Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tyan, Noam Chomsky, and others are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.

Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
Mr. Johnson has given us case studies of 12 individuals, all of whom exhibit a variety of ugly traits; and from these studies, he goes on to conclude that intellectuals as a group are an untrustworthy lot. . . . The reader, in fact, suspects that most ''intellectuals'' in this volume were chosen on the arbitrary basis of having difficult personalities and a taste for radical ideas that Mr. Johnson, a former editor of The New Statesman turned conservative, apparently finds distasteful. . . . In the end, the reader can only conclude that Mr. Johnson has focused on the pecadillos of various intellectuals in lieu of the more difficult task of rigorously re-examining their ideas. It's an approach that undermines not their credibility, but his own. -- New York Times
New York Times Book Review
Johnson revels in all the wicked things these great thinkers have done...great fun to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470887568
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 5.78(h) x 1.88(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. His History of Christianity and History of the Jews describe the religious dimension, his Modern Times encapsulates the twentieth century, and his Art: A New History is the story of visual culture in all its forms, from the cave painters to today. He contributes a weekly essay to the Spectator, a monthly column to Forbes, practices the gentle art of watercolor painting, and lives in London and Somerset. He has four children and eight grandchildren.

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