Isaiah Berlin: A Life

Isaiah Berlin: A Life

Isaiah Berlin: A Life

Michael Ignatieff

Isaiah Berlin used to be witness to a century. Born in Riga within the twilight of the Czarist empire, he lived lengthy sufficient to work out the Soviet country cave in. The son of a Jewish bushes service provider, he grew to become a presiding pass judgement on of Western highbrow lifestyles on each side of the Atlantic: historian of the Russian intelligentsia, biographer of Marx, pupil of the Romantic circulation, and defender of the liberal proposal of freedom opposed to Soviet tyranny. whilst he died in 1997, he was once hailed because the most vital liberal thinker of his time.

But Berlin's existence used to be not just a lifetime of the brain. current on the an important occasions of our age, he was once in Washington in the course of global warfare II, in Moscow on the sunrise of the chilly struggle, and eating with President John F. Kennedy at the eve of the Cuban Missile quandary. From Albert Einstein to Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill to Anna Akhmatova, his circle of buddies constitutes a veritable who is who of 20th century paintings, politics, and philosophy.

In this definitive paintings, the results of a impressive ten-year collaboration among biographer and topic, Michael Ignatieff charts the emergence of a special temperament--serene, comedian, secular, and unafraid--and he examines its impact on Berlin's imaginative and prescient of liberalism, which under pressure the usually tragic nature of political and ethical selection. A magisterial ebook, illuminating and fantastically written, Isaiah Berlin will stand with the nice smooth biographies.

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