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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His Latvian governess would take him out on leading strings , between the
sphinxes , down the street to the public garden , grandly called the Esplanade ,
where Crimean veterans sunned themselves and re - lived Inkerman and
Isaiah called upon him in Paris in 1950 and they kept in contact thereafter . Aron
was liberal , anti - communist , Jewish , sceptical – all these things about him
appealed to Isaiah – but he was too intellectually vain to become a close friend .
Each culture had its own centre of gravity – what Herder called its Schwerpunkt .
It was unintelligible , therefore , to believe that all human societies were stretched
out in a caravan called progress , heading towards the same horizon line .
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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