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HarperCollins, 1990 - History - 385 pages
74 Reviews
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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Review: Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky

User Review  - Mcd0nag - Goodreads

This was pretty painful to read. Sort of like reading the tabloid gossip columns, but about Johnson's "intellectuals" instead of the movie stars. I had a hard time understanding what Johnson ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremiah Lorrig - Goodreads

This book was enlightening. Too often we put ideas before people. That devaluation is not only wrong, but also shows the true value of our ideas. I think it is instructive that the tenets of Jesus' teaching can be summed up in Love. Be wary of any teaching that forgets love of others. Read full review

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Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He regularly writes book reviews for several UK magazines and newspapers, such as the Literary Review and The Spectator, and he lectures around the world. He lives in London, England.

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