Carolyn Dean, Modern Intellectual History
"[This] is an outstanding historical account. The book combines a comprehensively informed sensitivity for the context with a masterly knowledge of Derrida's thought and the broader intellectual field in which he worked. Baring's work succeeds not only in enriching enormously our knowledge of Derrida's environment in those formative years of his philosophical development. With his artful philosophical readings, that are closely entwined with a contextual history of ideas, it changes our understanding of his thought."
Warren Breckman, translated from Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte
"A thought-provoking landmark in Derrida criticism."
Laurent Milesi, Modern and Contemporary France
"... [a] meticulous archival reconstruction of [Derrida's] early intellectual itinerary."
Peggy Kamuf, Los Angeles Review of Books
"[An] impressive contribution to the long-awaited historiography of French theory."
Julian Bourg, American Historical Review
"... an exemplary work of intellectual history ... [providing] virtuoso analysis of Derrida's writings, from his early essays to his mature works of the mid-sixties."
Michael Kelly, H-France
"It is hard to imagine this work being superseded as an intellectual biography of Jacques Derrida, and indeed of post-war French intellectual history, up to the May '68 uprisings."
Patrick Madigan, The Heythrop Journal
"... complex, learned ... [an] erudite book."
Jonathan Judaken, The Journal of Modern History
"In this masterful book, [Baring] achieves the best picture available of the origins of deconstruction."
Samuel Moyn, Jewish Review of Books
"[An] exciting reinterpretation of Derrida's early years."
Emile Chabal, Books and Ideas
"Baring's clear and engaging style makes the book accessible to students, and, standing relatively independent, individual chapters or subsections would make excellent secondary reading in graduate and advanced undergraduate classes."
Samir Haddad, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews