Best of Times, Worst of Times: Memoirs of a Political Education

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UPNE, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
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Walter Laqueur has been writing and teaching for over six decades, primarily in the fields of twentieth century history and politics, always as a shrewd and thoughtful generalist in an age of specialization. In this engaging memoir, Laqueur focuses on the political and historical events that shaped his thinking and that have inspired his intellectual work throughout his life. He discusses living and attending school under Nazism; Marxism, the Soviet Union, and the part he played in Cold War politics; and the image his generation had of Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East. Laqueur shares his views on beltway politics and think tanks, and concludes with a look at guerrilla warfare and terrorism, and the future of Europe.
 

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Contents

or Why I Would Have Preferred the Nineteenth Century
1
or Why One Had to Be There to Understand It
33
or The Dream That Failed
59
or The Strange Fortunes of the Congress for Cultural Freedom Finlandization and Putinism
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or Reflections on Arabia Israel Zionism and Antisemitism
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or Why It Is So Difficult to Predict
149
or What Systematic Study and Theory Can Mean
171
or A Short Study in Hope and Frustration
201
Postface
221
Works by Walter Laqueur
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Index
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About the author (2009)

WALTER LAQUEUR is a former director of the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London and founder and editor with George Mosse of the Journal of Contemporary History and of Survey. A professor of history of ideas at Brandeis University and Georgetown University, he has been visiting professor of history and government at Harvard, University of Chicago, Tel Aviv, and Johns Hopkins University. He has authored or co-authored dozens of books, including Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany and The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day.

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