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Personal Impressions Paperback – April 1, 2001

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME 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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reading it from the library.... if you know a whole lot about analytic philosophy of the mid-20th century, then this Berlin's P.Impressions will delight you. Otherwise, his peripatetic style of description is difficult. He explains very little, but the description of Ayer, Austin, and company at Oxford in the 30's is unique and warm and helpful.
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By robert on January 7, 2015
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great
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