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Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons) Hardcover – August 18, 2015

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“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.



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  • 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
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2.0 out of 5 stars A short but useful introduction to a still controversial political thinker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue read of a phenomenal life
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