The Life of Bertrand Russell

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 776 pages
The eloquent and intimate biography of one of the most significant figures of the last century.

Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and won the Nobel Prize for literature. Born into the high world of the Whig aristocracy, among people for whom Waterloo was still almost a personal memory, Russell lived to inspire the campaign against nuclear warfare. He was imprisoned in 1918 for his Pacifism.

Ronald Clark, with access to a mass of material, provides a fascinating and graphic portrait of the man. There is virtually no aspect of Russell's long life to which something new - and often unexpected - is not added by this remarkable and incisive book.


The Reason
The Lodge in the Park
Cambridge Chrysalis
Marriage in Haste
Repentance at Leisure
Principia Mathematica
The New Romantic
A Long March Downhill
Start of an Experiment
End of an Experiment
The American Ordeal
A Member of the Establishment
The Last Attachment
Towards a Short War with Russia?
Into the New World

Enter Wittgenstein
Ebbing Tide
An American Adventure
Against the Stream
Into Battle
From War to Peace
The Genesis of Protest
The Rise of Ralph Schoenman
The Enigmatic Friendship
Once More His Own
Private Memorandum concerning Ralph
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About the author (2011)

Ronald Clark (1916-1987) born in London and educated at King's College School. In 1933 he chose journalism as a career. During the Second World War, after being turned down for military duty on medical grounds, he served as a war correspondent. During this time Clark landed on Juno Beach with the Canadians on D-Day and followed the war until it's end, then remained in Germany to report on the major War Crimes trials.

Clark returned to Britain in 1948 and wrote extensively on subjects ranging from mountain climbing to the atomic bomb, Balmoral Castle to world explorers. He also wrote a number of biographies on a myriad of figures, such as: Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, and Bertrand Russell.

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