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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The facts of Nazi persecution were too obvious to be denied . “ ! When he pointed
this out , von Trott ' s defenders in ... 42 The explosion was not in fact ' very small '
: it was a parting of the ways . Isaiah ' s indignation was , as he put it , a fact ...
Their extermination was a fact he was prepared to mention but never to discuss .
Nor did he write directly about the Holocaust in his later work . It was Stalin ' s
crimes , not Hitler ' s , that roused his most intense imaginative response .
... but this doesn ' t seem to me to alter the fact that freedom , at least in one of its
political senses , is freedom from interference ; and the fact that other values may
be more important , and incompatible with this – say love or equality or fraternity ...
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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