Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Isaiah Berlin refused to write an autobiography, but he agreed to talk about himself - and so for 10 years, before's Berlin's death in November 1997, he allowed Michael Ignatieff to interview him about his past, his ideas, his most intimate memories, and his inner conflicts.
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When Berlin reported this démarche to the Foreign Office , they reacted with fury .
' Weizmann is a child in these matters , ' Harold Caccia of the Foreign Office
seethed . It was absurd to suppose that Ibn Saud could be bribed into granting a
Silver wanted the American Government to confront the British and force them to
grant a Jewish state . In his reported version of their conversation , Isaiah cleverly
used Weizmann ' s name and prestige to put over the Foreign Office position : I ...
With the Allied invasion of Europe progressing towards inevitable victory and
peace at last in sight , Arnold Toynbee offered Berlin a post in the Research
Department of the Foreign Office , but he recoiled from the death in life
atmosphere of a ...
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ISAIAH BERLIN: A LifeUser Review - Kirkus
A polished life of the century's preeminent liberal (in the classic sense) philosopher. Just as Berlin's critics complained he never wrote a single-volume magnum opus but only essays, Berlin's friends ... Read full review
Isaiah Berlin: a lifeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Ignatieff (The Warrior's Honor, LJ 1/98) met and conferred with Berlin periodically over a ten-year period until Berlin's death at the age of 88 in 1997. He also spent hours talking to Berlin's wife ... Read full review