Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He regularly writes book reviews for several UK magazines and newspapers, such as the Literary Review and The Spectator, and he lectures around the world. He lives in London, England.
It is easy to accuse Dr. Johnson of ad hominem attacks on these leftist icons.
It is a book that anyone who believes that the right sort of ideas or the right sort of people could usher in a perfect world would do well to read this book.
I have read many and his books are superb, easy reads, informative, and interesting.
An excellent compilation of individuals we have heard about but knew very little.Published 28 days ago by Irv Barnie
There was a lot of highlighting, and the pages were a little water damaged.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A must for anyone seeking to balance the usual gushing and all too often uncritical reviews of those who laid the groundwork for modern progressive thought, particularly in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by frog in the pot
Paul Johnson does an excellent job at taking an unbiased and honest deep look into the lives of the greatest thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deets
I read this book back in 2008 and found that Johnson selected a basket-full of socialist/atheist writers and philosophers then besmirched their reputations with an abundant amount... Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. R. Smith
Most of us seem to share an unexamined notion that history’s Great Thinkers were (like the children of Lake Wobegon) personally above average. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John R. Holmes, Jr.
I never write reviews and I'm not going to spend much time on this one. The book did disgust me enough to warrant a review though, it bothers me I actually gave this lying bastard... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emil Herveus
In his Republic, Plato had Socrates arguing that in order to create an ideal city-state of perfect justice either philosophers must be kings or kings must become philosophers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Hoffman
Don't read this if your personal gods include the giants of twentieth century intellectualism. Do read it if you often find yourself scratching your head at the stupid things that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John E. Entwistle