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Michael Ignatieff

Author of Isaiah Berlin, a Life

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29
Michael Ignatieff, Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics
Harvard Book Store, Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7pm
Michael Ignatieff, Fire and ashes: Success and Failure in Politics

Discussion and signing, Harvard Book Store (added from Harvard University Press)

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Jan
24
Michael Ignatieff
Booknotes, Sunday, January 24, 1999
Michael Ignatieff discusses Isaiah Berlin, a Life.

Russian by birth, Jewish by descent, English by choice, Isaiah Berlin (1909-97) knit together three identities into a cosmopolitan sensibility that informed his contributions as one of the 20th century's most influential and important intellectuals. Based on his experiences as a child during the Russian Revolution and his friendships with such beleaguered writers as Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, Berlin affirmed the superiority of individual freedom and judgment to Marxist totalitarianism. But he made fellow liberals uncomfortable with his unwelcome reminders that their ideals—liberty, equality, social justice—inevitably conflicted and required painful tradeoffs. London-based journalist Michael Ignatieff, who spent 10 years interviewing Berlin before his death, adeptly captures an appealing man: lighthearted, spontaneous, a brilliant conversationalist and lecturer (one of Oxford University's most popular professors), able to savor private happiness despite an essentially tragic view of political life. Ignatieff admires Berlin's views without accepting them uncritically; similarly, he acknowledges personal failings while appreciating the serenity Berlin achieved against considerable odds. This lucidly written, thoughtfully argued work is a model of the well-balanced biography, carefully evaluating the complex interplay of character and conviction in one remarkable individual. —Wendy Smith (timspalding)… (more)
Apr
28
A conversation with Michael Ignatieff
Charlie Rose, Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Michael Ignatieff

A conversation with Michael Ignatieff, Director of the Carr Center of Human Rights Policy, about his article in (timspalding)

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Married first to Susan, then to Zsuzsanna; has two children, Theo and Sophie.
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