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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Tears came easily when watching a film or when quoting the Gettysburg Address
, but for all that , he paid close attention to his own emotional truth . Towards his
mother ' s memory , he maintained something like awe at her strength of ...
They ought to have been close – and they maintained a wary , competitive
friendship for fifty years - but everything they had in common actually divided
them . There was the matter of Jewishness . Berlin was never especially close to
They had some close scrapes : colleagues , children and friends all came within
inches of discovering them , but Isaiah seemed to relish the danger . He was a
na´ve rather than a sentimental lover , eager rather than accomplished , but ...
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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