From Library Journal
Philosopher, critic, professor, and journalist, Aron left an indelible mark on French and European intellectual life. First published in France in 1983, the year of Aron's death, these memoirs recount the author's eventful life, from his school days with Jean-Paul Sartre to his association with Henry Kissinger. In between, Aron's many careers saw him teach in Germany in the early 1930s, spend World War II in London with the Free French, and then return to Paris as a successful author and journalist. These thoughtful and often brilliant memoirs should be in most library collections.- Ian Wallace, Food Research & Development Centre Lib., St. Hyacinthe, Quebec
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"Aron's magnificent MEMOIRS belongs to the twentieth century. . . . The cautionary shadows cast by his temperament remain: his fear of the irrational forces in history, now being channeled into race and ethnic conflicts; his skepticism and doubt about ideologies and claims to final truths; and his ethic of responsibility as the guide for those who tread the path of politics, even to save souls." -- Daniel Bell, New York Times Book Review
"Aron's recollections take the reader through fascinating worlds in a fascinating way. For better or for worse, they don't make intellectuals like this anymore. . . . He has left a document that reminds us of a vital truth: that the proper concern of intellectuals is the struggle to see reality, even if they are not always successful." -- New Republic
Aron's greatest legacy, to his students and to his readers . . . was teaching them how to think about history, politics, and society. . . . To me, he was the salt of the earth." -- Stanley Hoffman, New York Review of Books