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Dear Bertrand Russell: Selection of His Correspondence with the General Public, 1950-68 Hardcover – September, 1969

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (September 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048260037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048260031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,692,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1969 collection, “The letters in this volume were written without any thought that they would ever be published. They recall some of the lighter moments of distraction from answering more serious correspondence, although I thought them sufficiently important to write and welcome their publication.” The editors state in their Introduction, “the impact Russell has made can be measured by the thousands of letters he has received from totally unknown persons.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rerevisionist on October 24, 2010
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About 175 edited letters to Russell, and his edited replies, from 1957 to 1965 mostly - extracted from 'about 25,000'. Interesting and I thought the book could be twice as long - and more - without any diminution in impact. I suspect this book wa published to try to make money to help fund his Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal.

Sorted roughly into main sections such as religion, philosophy, politics, war; plus 'anekdota' - the latter referring to Whitehead, Tagore, D H Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Gissing, Wells, Carpenter, T S Eliot, Vaughan Williams, H J Mackinder... not to mention Shelley, Castlereagh, Tom Paine...

The philosophy section incldues what must be the sharpest put-down of existentialism - '.. pure nonsense, based intellectually upon errors of syntax and emotionally upon exasperation.' There are letters referring readers to his own books - 'Human Knowledge..', 'Power', 'Human Society in Ethics and Politics'

The War and peace section looks at Cuba, Khrushchev etc and nuclear matters - Russell spent a lot of time on 'current nuclear writings'. He states his view on the First World War - it was a disaster and he'd have preferred Germany to win a quick victory - then Communists, Nazis, and Fascists would not have existed. He replies to a pacifist re WW2 to the effect that the correspondent hadn't seen 'innocent Jews herded into gas chambers' - a rather odd justification. All the politics is recognisable, or at least should be to Americans, as part of the Jewish world-view for the goys. The nuclear material is derived from people like Herman Kahn - all the official 'experts' - and Russell never suspected there was anything fishy about it.
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