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"Ideas crackle" in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on "a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought.” (Los Angeles Times)
One of our most brilliant historians, Tony Judt brings the past century vividly to life in this unprecedented and original history. Structured as a series of intimate conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, Thinking the Twentieth Century presents the triumphs and the failures of the twentieth century's most prominent intellectuals and their ideas, guiding readers through the debates that defined our world. Spanning an era with unprecedented clarity and insight, Thinking the Twentieth Century is a tour de force: a masterful analysis of the life of the mind and an unforgettable guide to leading the mindful life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the author or editor of fifteen books, including The Memory Chalet and Postwar, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was the director and founder of the Remarque Institute and a professor at New York University.
Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of five award-winning books, most recently Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Timothy Snyder) ix
1 The Name Remains: Jewish Questioner 1
2 London and Language: English Writer 46
3 Familial Socialism: Political Marxist 75
4 King's and Kibbutzim: Cambridge Zionist 106
5 Paris, California: French Intellectual 140
6 Generation of Understanding: East European Liberal 195
7 Unities and Fragments: European Historian 249
8 Age of Responsibility: American Moralist 284
9 The Banality of Good: Social Democrat 331
Afterword (Tony Fudt) 389
Works Discussed 399
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Whether one agrees with Judt or not, this book is a monument to his determination to think for himself, against the grain, even if inviting criticism from those wanting different answers, more loyalty, or grander theories. His book-length conversation (before he died of ALS) with fellow historian Timothy Snyder interweaves the events of the past century with Judt’s own wonderfully told reminiscences and intellectual journey away from –isms (Zionism, communism) towards a more pluralistic ethics and politics. Judt’s observations on European and American history are quick witted, if sometimes acerbic, and lovely for their attentiveness to the small things that change an era (trains and public buses!). Perhaps this book will resonant more with readers familiar with Judt’s work. Regardless, he bequeaths us this conversation about how we reinterpret the past in light of a public responsibility “not to imagine better worlds but rather to think how to prevent worse ones.”
I was disappointed in this book after reading two of his earlier works. The conversation and level of detail is just too academic and nuanced for me. Tony, RIP.