Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons) Hardcover – August 18, 2015
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
“Hannah Arendt was one of the most compelling and provocative thinkers of her time, and she remains indispensable today. In this lucid, accessible biography, Anne Heller shows how Arendt’s eventful life—shaped by war and exile, love and friendship—gave rise to her most important insights into politics and the nature of evil.” —Adam Kirsch, author of Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas
“‘Outlaw’ philosopher, journalist-provocateur, captivating fixture in Manhattan salons, Hannah Arendt was quite possibly the dominant émigré in a time when European refugees set the tone of American intellectual and literary life. Anne Heller’s elegant biography is a triumph of assured storytelling: concise yet sweeping, finely detailed, large in scope, at once clear-eyed and deeply sympathetic. We feel Arendt’s presence on every page.” —Sam Tanenhaus, author of Whittaker Chambers: A Biography
“A well-wrought portrait of Arendt as a rootless woman who nevertheless established strong friendships and included a large circle of followers.” —Publishers Weekly
“An evenhanded, sympathetic biography of a defiant thinker.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Anne C. Heller illuminates Hannah Arendt” —Vanity Fair
“I thought I had a general idea of Arendt’s thought and life. Ann C. Heller’s immensely readable 132-page biography showed me how little I knew—this is a book of ideas, but it’s also about a series of great romances.” —Jesse Kornbluth, Head Butler
“A sympathetic account of Arendt’s lifelong quest to explain ‘the kinds of thinking, judging, and acting conscious people must partake in to be members in good standing of a diverse and moral human race.’” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
About the Author
Anne C. Heller is the author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made. She was a fiction editor at Esquire and the executive editor of the magazine-development group at Condé Nast Publications.
- Publisher : New Harvest (August 18, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 054445619X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544456198
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.61 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Typical of Heller’s judicious use of telling moments is when she recounts how Heidegger, after the relationship between the two ended, saw Arendt through the window of a railway carriage but failed to recognize her.
It also became clear to me reading Heller’s book, that Arendt’s controversial reporting and writing on the Adolf Eichmann trial—during which she coined the phrase “the banality of evil”—took an enormous personal toll on her life.
When I read these and other parts of the book, Arendt as a person came to life. I had been deeply influenced by her ideas when I was young but I had always thought of her as a “thinker.” This book helps me see the rest of her. For that I am very grateful, and you will be as well when you read this book.