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Personal Impressions (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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The third, enlarged edition of Isaiah Berlin's remarkable series of character portraits, Personal Impressions Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Albert Einstein, Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova: Isaiah Berlin's Personal Impressions collects the essayist and intellectual historian's most remarkable portraits of prominent twentieth-century thinkers, writers and politicians. For this third, enlarged edition, ten new pieces have been added, including portraits of David Ben-Gurion, Maynard and Lydia Keynes, and Stephen Spender, as well as Berlin's autobiographical reflections on Jewish Oxford and his Oxford undergraduate years. Rich and enlightening, Personal Impressions is a vibrant demonstration of Berlin's belief that ideas truly live only through people.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781845952495
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 633 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is more than a collection of brilliantly perceptive portraits from the life of men as various as Churchill, Namier, Einstein, Pasternak. It is also a window into one of the wisest, most spacious and generous minds of our time" * Observer *
"This is an amazingly enjoyable book from a very gifted and fortunate man" -- Christopher Hitchens * New Statesman *
"Marvellously good reading... A quarter of the entire volume is occupied by [an] essay in which Berlin recalls his meetings with Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova in 1945 and 1956. This last essay, in particular, is simply stunning" -- Alan Ryan * Sunday Times *
"Welcoming and rewarding... This splendid book bring[s] the past to life. It lives for Berlin, and, thanks to him, it lives for us" -- Peter Stansky * New York Times Book Review *
"It is one of Berlin's most endearing characteristics that he can admire so many utterly diverse people, that he can tell us about them all, and see the point of them'" -- Mary Warnock * Listener *

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