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Tony Judt's essays,
This review is from: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
Of Tony Judt's other books, `Postwar' is best known. Tony was an unparalleled master of modern history, and of the English language. That alone gives me much reading pleasure. Reappraisal, and Postwar are books I enjoyed reading the second time as well.
We recognize in them themes, delightful book reviews and stories; all against Tony's experiences growing up, and educated, in Europe: His early childhood in London, austerity, busses, school, trains, Eastern Europe, thinkers, Paris and Cambridge, but only Tony Judt infuse the stories with humanity and he keeps us in stitches.
For some years, I have enjoyed Tony Judt's essays and reviews in New York Review of Books; and I will miss them, sorely. My favorite bookstore and coffee shop has New York Review of Books displayed, a new one each week. I couldn't wait to read the next one of his essays. Some are now collected as a separate book, `Reappraisal': A small sample of topics: the Cuban Missile Crisis, French intellectuals, the fall of Communism, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Born a few years after the war, a member of the baby boom generation, Tony Judt spent his formative years in Europe, and summers in kibbutzim in Israel, spoke the languages, was early on immersed in left wing political trends, and out of all of it, he formed his own ideas later in life. In his professional life he was a Professor. (This reviewer shares these experiences.)
In his career, Tony Judt was a professor at NYU, director of the Remarque Institute, dedicated to the study of Europe, history and culture. By the way, Remarque is the author of "All Quiet at the Western Front. --- -- Review by Palle Jorgensen, Dec 2011.