Confessions of an Original Sinner

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St. Augustine's Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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In this eloquent and thought-provoking "autohistory", John Lukacs, distinguished historian and writer, describes the history of his own convictions and beliefs. The journey takes us from the Hungary of the 1930s and the ravaged Budapest of World War II to Lukacs's discovery of the New World, his forays into the intellectual life of New York City, and finally his settling in Philadelphia.

Along the way, Lukacs examines many of the major currents of our period, including fascism, communism, democracy, anti-Semitism, and the Christian realism from which springs the book's title. What emerges is a mind that brings to bear on the conflicts of the twentieth century the erudition of the European heritage and the independence of the American.

In prose as elegant as it is supple, Confessions of an Original Sinner is at once the vivid account of one man's voyage and an important contribution to that small library that brings into sharp focus the major intellectual developments of our time.

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User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

I'm related to the author, so I make no claims at objectivity. It's a reactionary, contrarian polemic which is sometimes hilarious (see his hatred of Star Wars) and often quite brilliant. Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Shankman - Goodreads

He has had an amazing life, from a Hungarian concentration camp to historian in rural Pennsylvania. This book is full of interesting and idiosyncratic reflections and insights. Read full review


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John Lukacs is the author of more than twenty books on history.

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