Books by Henry Hardy

THE CROOKED TIMBER OF HUMANITY by Henry Hardy
Released: March 24, 1991

"Despite some inevitable overlap among the essays, Sir Isaiah proves a superb historical guide—humane, tolerant, elegant, and with dazzling insight into the dilemmas of our time."
A fifth volume of collected essays by Oxford philosopher and historian Berlin (Personal Impressions, 1980; Concepts and Categories, 1979) that demonstrates once again why he is probably the best historian of ideas in the world today. Read full book review >
PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS by Henry Hardy
Released: Jan. 1, 1980

"Memorable reading for persons, too, of many sympathies and interests."
The fourth and final volume of the Oxford philosopher/historian's collected essays consists of appreciations of persons he has admired and in most cases known: Churchill and Roosevelt; Chaim Weizmann; distinguished fellow-dons; and, from stays in his native Russia in 1945 and 1956, Pasternak and Akhmatova. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1979

"We therefore see Berlin, an essayist born, traveling from empiricism to Tolstoy."
For those whose acquaintance with Oxford's Isaiah Berlin rests primarily on Russian Thinkers (1978), this, the second of four volumes of his essays, may be a surprise. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1979

"The essays are elegantly written, one and all, by a master of the genre who is also one of the true intellectuals living today."
Though some of Sir Isaiah's best-known essays were included in the previous two volumes of his collected essays (Russian Thinkers and Concepts and Categories), this third of four scheduled volumes contains the essence of Berlin's scholarly contribution because all his writing is deeply involved with the history of ideas. Read full book review >
RUSSIAN THINKERS by Henry Hardy
Released: April 1, 1978

"An absorbing, arresting group of studies, and as important a book as will be published this year."
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