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I had decided to read TTFS because so many other books that I have read cited it as a good book to read.
The best description I can give of the nature of the work is that it is very much a literary overview of socialism rather than a political-historical one.
This book is just as much about the historical actors as it is about Edmund Wilson's ability to trace the history of an idea.
Edmund Wilson is one of my favorite authors. He has a firm grasp of his subject matter and presents it with style and zest.Published 4 days ago by John E. Banks
In a kind of Michelet style (`in the midst of human happenings') Edmund Wilson draws intelligently the evolution of the political, social and economic struggle of the `communists'... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
This book is rather disorganized whenever it tries to place philosophers like Marx in the context of their times. And Wilson lacks the knack of making their lives interesting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Peter I. Chipman
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4-1-2010. To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) [NY Review of Books, NYC, 2003,... Read more
'To the Finland Station' is Edmund Wilson's novel-like narrative of the personalities who pioneered the ideas of social equality in the 150 years leading up to the Russian... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Doctor.Generosity
This book reads like it was written in Russian, then translated (awkwardly). Frequently, the run-on sentences made little sense, until read two or three times, then the point... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Newton Malerman
Wilson succeeds in writing some of the worst "history" ever. Tearfully boring (as is usually the case with literature experts who write history), Wilson's obviously enamored with... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by John R. Shirley
It was Vladimir Nabokov who brought me to this book. The Russian immigre author of the delightfully written novel PNIN and of the sometime-banned LOLITA praised TO THE FINLAND... Read morePublished on October 19, 2008 by WILLIAM H FULLER
I didn't make it the whole way through this densely written and intimidating book, but I was absorbed by one aspect: its portrayal of the human interaction between Marx and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2006 by Pamela