Isaiah Berlin

A Life

by Michael Ignatieff

£12.99

Published 25th May 2023

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Isaiah Berlin was one of the great thinkers and most electrifying speakers of his time. A magnetic public intellectual and beacon of liberal philosophy, he gained astonishing first-hand experience of some of the pivotal events of the twentieth century. Berlin refused to write an autobiography, but he did agree to talk about himself: in the last decade of his life, he allowed acclaimed writer Michael Ignatieff to interview him about his past, his ideas, his intimate memories and innermost conflicts.

The result is a magisterial biography that penetrates deeply into Berlin’s life and thought while capturing his captivating, vivid style of conversation. We learn of Berlin’s Russian childhood during the Bolshevik Revolution, his happiness as a scholar at Oxford and later work in Washington D.C. during the Second World War; and we hear unforgettable anecdotes of encounters with Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill and Boris Pasternak. Reissued in a revised and updated edition, Isaiah Berlin charts one man’s journey to becoming one of his century’s most vigorous defenders of liberty and individuality in the face of tyranny and dogma.

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Weight 0.3 kg

ISBN:9781782279044

Genre:Biography & Memoir / Non-fiction

Format:Paperback

Pages:384

Published:25-05-2023