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Does it really matter that Henrik Ibsen was vain and arrogant, that Jean-Paul Sartre was incontinent? In Johnson's view, it does: these all-too-human foibles disqualify them, and other thinkers, from presuming to criticize the shortcomings of society. "Beware intellectuals," he concludes (though, given the subjects of his book, it seems he means intellectuals only of the left). "Not only should they be kept well away from the levers of power, they should also be objects of particular suspicion when they seek to offer collective advice." Whether one agrees or not, Johnson's profiles are frequently amusing and illuminating, as when he suggests that the only proletarian Karl Marx ever knew in person was the poor maid who worked for him for decades and was never paid, except in room and board, for her labors. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author's object in writing this book is to draw attention to the great disparities between what leading intellectuals do and proclaim in their public lives, and their private... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph Bishop
Absolutely brilliant. This book is amazing, read before you diePublished 8 months ago by Matthew C.
I read it on and off, choosing the chapters on the people I am most interested in learning about. Johnson certainly is informed and is a top author.Published 14 months ago by Harmon Spolan
Must read..Paul Johnson at his usual iconoclast role.But how he missed Graham Greene,who may have as dark a side as anyone else PJ has pulled down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JS
Well-written and researched. Tells the hidden story that few know but many suspect about the founders of the Leftwing Establishment that wields such enormous power so corruptly.Published 22 months ago by Bruce Moon
The author does a wonderful job of showing the vast difference between the legacy supposedly left by the great intellectuals, but also the real nitty gritty of their actual selfish... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dr. John S. Waldrip