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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Expanded edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691088586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691088587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Welcoming and rewarding. . . . [Berlin] is at his most conversational. This splendid book bring[s] the past to life."--Peter Stansky, New York Times Book Review

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"Berlin was one of the foremost intellectuals in the English language--one of the finest historians of ideas in the latter half of the century and a rightly celebrated political thinker. . . . These essays tell us about him as well as his subjects."--Mitchell Cohen, City University of New York

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Isaiah Berlin writes his personal impressions of some of the most distinguished people of his time, many of whom he knew personally. He does this with his characteristic insight and intelligence. Among those he writes about are Churchill, Roosevelt, Chaim Weizmann the President of Israel, Pasternak, Akhmatova, Virginian Woolf and Edmund Wilson. In making these portraits Berlin also holds the mirror up to himself , and biography becomes autobiography also.This is most tellingly so perhaps in the story of his famous meeting with Akhmatova who had lived so long in fear and darkness before Berlin's turning point visit. We also see the man of ideas as a man of action in the help he gave to Weizmann in the struggle for Israel's founding.

Every one of these essays contains insights of great interest.

This work is a pure delight, nectar and ambrosia for the mind.
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