A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sarte, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillan Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tyan, Noam Chomsky, and others are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.
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The central theme of Johnson's new book is "Beware intellectuals!'' Johnson examines the rise of the intellectual as a sort of secular seer and moral arbiter, a role once filled by the priest or ... Read full review
Johnson takes several intellectuals to task for not being very good people. He quotes Rousseau: "I have things in my heart which absolve me from being good-natured."