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Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb Hardcover – May 6, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691120943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691120942
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Einstein is a giant among us not only because of his scientific genius and world-alerting discoveries but also because of what he himself described as his "passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility." Einstein wrote extensively of his concerns about militarism, anti-Semitism, and nuclear catastrophe and his belief in pacifism, liberty, equality, and tolerance. His political and moral writings--documents such as the "Political Manifesto, 11 March 1933," composed in opposition to Hitler's regime, and his famous letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt regarding nuclear weapons--are quoted often. But as the editors of this unprecedented and invaluable collection observe, such excerpts only hint at the depth of Einstein's commitment to humankind. To enhance understanding of Einstein's humanism and activism, Rowe and Schulmann have organized and explicated a full spectrum of his reflections, allowing the reader direct access to his reasoning as he confronts a world of violence rendered exponentially more catastrophic due to his own scientific breakthroughs. Powerful in its personal and political disclosures, this is an essential primary source. Donna Seaman
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007

"A goldmine for readers interested in Einstein as an engaged intellectual of his era. Editors David E. Rowe and Robert Schulmann have done an excellent job of collecting, thematically assembling and historically contextualizing Einstein's private letters and public statements on the great political issues of his time."--Yaron Ezrahi, Nature

"Editors David E. Rowe and Robert Schulmann have done an excellent job of collecting, thematically assembling and historically contextualizing Einstein's private letters and public statements on the great political issues of his time. The book is also a fascinating record of Einstein's private thoughts and public stance on the reception of the relativity revolution. Included here are his reaction to the virulent anti-Semitic, anti-relativity German scientists, his tortured relations with the Prussian Academy of Sciences after the rise of the Nazis and his later expressed identification with Galileo for his struggle 'to overcome the anthropocentric and mythical thinking of his contemporaries and to lead them back to an objective and causal attitude towards the cosmos.'"--C. R. Macauley, Nature

"Einstein on Politics treats all these issues in detail by combining his most important statements--both public and private--in thematic chapters and by carefully contextualizing each statement. The result is fascinating, illuminating and sometimes moving, resonating both with today's noisy debates about nuclear weapons, international terrorism and civil liberties, and with the ethical dilemmas with which we struggle in the quieter recesses of the mind."--Andrew Robinson, New Scientist

"[G]reat as Einstein's allure remains, the majority of people will probably wish to read just one Einstein book, and this is one they should strongly consider. In addition to being comprehensive, accessible and well written, it is clearly the most up to date, making sensible use of the latest and most authoritative scholarship."--Daniel J. Kennefick, American Scientist online

"This brilliant anthology of [Einstein's] journalism and private correspondence brings to life his lucid contributions to the raging debates of the last century over the bomb, his humanitarian objections to war, his belief in a socialist economy and the apparent contradiction between his advocacy of internationalism and his support for Zionism."--David Harounoff, Tribune

"To enhance understanding of Einstein's humanism and activism, Rowe and Schulmann have gathered, organized, and explicated a full spectrum of his reflections, allowing the reader direct access to Einstein's reasoning as he confronts a world of violence rendered exponentially more catastrophic by virtue of his own scientific breakthroughs. Powerful in its personal and political disclosures, this is an essential primary source."--Booklist

"Offers readers a panoramic view of his writings on Zionism and anti-Semitism, nationalism, the fate of Jews during the Holocaust, war, peace, pacifism and nuclear proliferation. Einstein was a vigorous stylist and these selections from his private correspondence attest to his fluency with words."--Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

"Anyone with an interest in Einstein's non-scientific activities in the public realm will profit from reading this book."--Hubert Goenner, Nature Physics

"The most renowned scientist of the last century was famous not only for his seminal contributions to making sense of the universe, from the very large to the very small, but also for his humanism and interest in promoting the possibility of a world without conflict. This book collects many of Einstein's letters and essays that discuss issues pertaining exclusively to his views on the latter. They cover an incredible range of topics from WWI to the UN and much that embroiled the Western world in between. The editors have provided good introductions to each chapter, following Einstein's discursions in chronological order."--N. Sadanand, Choice

"Utilizing a meticulously collected set of both published and unpublished materials, the editors set forth in admirable detail his writings on the issues of the day, which are inextricably connected to his support for the Zionist movement and the creation of Israel. If readers connect Einstein only to the world of science and mathematics, this volume will clearly serve to expand their horizons."--Sanford R. Silverburg, AJL Newsletter

"[T]he documents presented are quite valuable, and the book deserves a wide readership for that alone."--Matthew Stanley, Historical Studies in Natural Sciences

"Einstein was an important man, and Rowe and Schulmann edited an important book about him"--Antoine Capet, H-Net

"This book, ingeniously put together by Rowe and Schulmann, provides a thematic and chronological frame of reference that allows a lucid view of Einstein's political passions, which up to now have been largely unknown even to the interested public. It is a multiply rewarding book, one that all readers are bound to enjoy."--Kosta Tsipis, Journal of Cold War Studies

"Einstein on Politics is an excellent and thought-provoking volume, which can be of interest to scholars as well as to the public at large."--Giorgio Baruchello, European Legacy

"David E. Rowe and Robert Schulmann have compiled exactly the book readers ... may want to consult during or after reading a biography of the 'mere scientist' who held passionate and often outspoken views on the major issues of his time."--Stuart Mitchner, Town Topics (Princeton, NJ)

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By kingCampbell003 on March 25, 2014
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Not everything Einstein had on politics but for a small paperback not bad. Overall I dug this little book. If you haven't read it, get it
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