Books by Isaiah Berlin

THE ROOTS OF ROMANTICISM by Isaiah Berlin
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Released: March 1, 1999

"Complicated by uneven syntax and repetitiousness betraying the genre of oral presentation, the book is a challenge even to the dedicated reader."
An edited transcript of lectures recorded by the BBC in 1966—67, this book is editor Hardy's (one of Isaiah Berlin's literary trustees) commendable effort to preserve the legacy of one of the most prominent thinkers of the 20th century. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1997

"Penetrating work from the old fox of liberalism, as brilliant in rethinking the past as in recreating its thought."
More of a motley in scope than previous selections of his essays (The Crooked Timber of Humanity, 1991, etc.), this collection nonetheless displays Berlin's superb erudition and always stimulating insights. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1994

"Critical yet fair scrutiny gives new life to an attractive, even Blakean figure who anticipated the Industrial Revolution's dark satanic mills."
Oxford philosopher/historian Berlin's strangest book, one that he set aside 25 years ago and had no wish to return to until editor Hardy intervened. Read full book review >
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."
What should be done? Read full book review >
Released: May 20, 1976

"The essays do not overlap, but are presented in stimulating contrast to and concert with one another."
Vico, the great philosopher and legal theorist of the Enlightenment who lived and died in obscurity, was among the first to sound the prevailing modern theme. Read full book review >