Like all of Berlin's work, the quality of writing is outstanding.
Like every single book of Berlin's I ever read, starting with The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History, I enjoyed this one immensely.
His political ideas also took the shape of recognizing conflicting value systems as having validity even when those came from within a single person.
a very good book about Russian thought prior to the Russian revolution. I learned a lot and discovered people I never knew about. Good historic summaryPublished 4 months ago by Frederick Mazie
Berlin writes a comprehensive book on the history of Russian philosophers and authors going back to the 19th century. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by William Roden
This is probably the best single collection of Berlin's essays. Berlin wrote a number of notable essays but this collection has a thematic integrity not found in most other... Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by R. Albin
Actually, I've only skimmed this book, not read it yet. It seemed to be worth five stars, but maybe AFTER I read it, I may revise my opinion. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by Jay H. Colborn
In this collection of great essays, Isaiah Berlin examines the development of Russian intelligentsia; the circumstances that surrounded the formation of Russian philosophy and the... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Medusa
Like every single book of Berlin's I ever read, starting with The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History, I enjoyed this one immensely. Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Alex F Stop
All essays in this collection are remarkable but 'The Hedgehog and the Fox' is one of those essays that will take you on a trip to the relativity of truth and have you question... Read morePublished on November 16, 2007 by Piro
Berlin is an interesting and I agree knowing commentator, but one gets the feeling that he understands there is something awry in Communism, but he's not quite sure what. Read morePublished on October 8, 2002