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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.
Johnson takes great pleasure in highlighting the flawed personalities and politics of those far more creative and talented than himself as if that were sufficient to discount their... Read morePublished 19 days ago by John Hartman
An honest and often scathing analysis of arrogant, aggressively secular, left-wing intellectuals who presumed to lecture ordinary people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeremy Buxton
I am slogging my way through this book. It is huge. ,I had no idea.Any way, it is enlightening to see what a bunch of perverts, self-loving,self-serving, weirdos these specimens... Read morePublished 2 months ago by t. Ashley
An excellent compilation of individuals we have heard about but knew very little.Published 3 months ago by Irv Barnie
There was a lot of highlighting, and the pages were a little water damaged.Published 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 7 months ago by W. R. Smith