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Worldly philosopher [electronic resource] : the odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman /
Jeremy Adelman.
imprint
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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xv, 740 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780691155678 (hardback : acid-free paper)
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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9780691155678 (hardback : acid-free paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
abstract
"Worldly Philosopher chronicles the times and writings of Albert O. Hirschman, one of the twentieth century's most original and provocative thinkers. In this gripping biography, Jeremy Adelman tells the story of a man shaped by modern horrors and hopes, a worldly intellectual who fought for and wrote in defense of the values of tolerance and change. Born in Berlin in 1915, Hirschman grew up amid the promise and turmoil of the Weimar era, but fled Germany when the Nazis seized power in 1933. Amid hardship and personal tragedy, he volunteered to fight against the fascists in Spain and helped many of Europe's leading artists and intellectuals escape to America after France fell to Hitler. His intellectual career led him to Paris, London, and Trieste, and to academic appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was an influential adviser to governments in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, as well as major foundations and the World Bank. Along the way, he wrote some of the most innovative and important books in economics, the social sciences, and the history of ideas. Throughout, he remained committed to his belief that reform is possible, even in the darkest of times. This is the first major account of Hirschman's remarkable life, and a tale of the twentieth century as seen through the story of an astute and passionate observer. Adelman's riveting narrative traces how Hirschman's personal experiences shaped his unique intellectual perspective, and how his enduring legacy is one of hope, open-mindedness, and practical idealism"--
catalogue key
9906219
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 699-708) and index.
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"This is an exceptional book. Hirschman's intellectual and political journey is described with sharpness and perspicacity. Family life, cultural encounters, and the imprints of a lifetime highlight the importance and significance of one of the most creative intellectuals of the twentieth century, who had a profound influence on so many people around the world, including myself."--Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil "From the dying days of the Weimar Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Albert Hirschman was a witness to the political turbulence of the twentieth century, shaping its intellectual trajectory while resisting overarching theories and academic convention at every turn. Meticulously researched, gracefully written, and deeply moving, this biography shines a light on not only one of the most fertile minds of the century, but the entire political and intellectual history of the period."--Dani Rodrik, Harvard University " Worldly Philosopher is a brilliant book. It is at once a thrilling story, an inspiring and melancholy intellectual biography, and a history of the shifting involvements of social science in twentieth-century public life."--Emma Rothschild, author of The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History "Albert Hirschman is one of the most distinguished social scientists of the past half century. He has led an exciting and exemplary life, and Jeremy Adelman has researched and written an exhaustive biography. We are all in Adelman's debt for having followed Hirschman's journey, thoroughly and with sympathy."--Charles S. Maier, author of Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors
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"This is an exceptional book. Hirschmans intellectual and political journey is described with sharpness and perspicacity. Family life, cultural encounters, and the imprints of a lifetime highlight the importance and significance of one of the most creative intellectuals of the twentieth century, who had a profound influence on so many people around the world, including myself."-- Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil "From the dying days of the Weimar Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Albert Hirschman was a witness to the political turbulence of the twentieth century, shaping its intellectual trajectory while resisting overarching theories and academic convention at every turn. Meticulously researched, gracefully written, and deeply moving, this biography shines a light on not only one of the most fertile minds of the century, but the entire political and intellectual history of the period."-- Dani Rodrik, Harvard University " Worldly Philosopher is a brilliant book. It is at once a thrilling story, an inspiring and melancholy intellectual biography, and a history of the shifting involvements of social science in twentieth-century public life."-- Emma Rothschild, author of The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History "Albert Hirschman is one of the most distinguished social scientists of the past half century. He has led an exciting and exemplary life, and Jeremy Adelman has researched and written an exhaustive biography. We are all in Adelmans debt for having followed Hirschmans journey, thoroughly and with sympathy."-- Charles S. Maier, author of Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors
Flap Copy
"This is an exceptional book. Hirschman's intellectual and political journey is described with sharpness and perspicacity. Family life, cultural encounters, and the imprints of a lifetime highlight the importance and significance of one of the most creative intellectuals of the twentieth century, who had a profound influence on so many people around the world, including myself."--Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil " Worldly Philosopher is a brilliant book. It is at once a thrilling story, an inspiring and melancholy intellectual biography, and a history of the shifting involvements of social science in twentieth-century public life."--Emma Rothschild, author of The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History "Albert Hirschman is one of the most distinguished social scientists of the past half century. He has led an exciting and exemplary life, and Jeremy Adelman has researched and written an exhaustive biography. We are all in Adelman's debt for having followed Hirschman's journey, thoroughly and with sympathy."--Charles S. Maier, author of A mong Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-04-15:
Albert O. Hirschman (1915-2012) was an influential economist and a prolific writer. Adelman's (Spanish civilization & culture; director, Council for Int'l. Teaching & Research, Princeton Univ.; coauthor, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World) engrossing biography illustrates how Hirschman's global background, natural linguistic ability, education, and worldly experiences shaped his thoughts and enabled his thinking "outside the box" to arrive at original and often provocative ideas. Hirschman believed in the idea of life's many possibilities, such that positive economic change often emerged from "unbalanced growth" or disequilibria. His ideas attracted attention from governments, international institutions, and academia worldwide and resulted in opportunities for him to advise top officials, for example, policymakers at the World Bank. Hirschman held many academic appointments, including one at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University until his retirement. His personal life, including his escape from Nazi Germany in 1933 and the obstacles he faced because of McCarthyism, about which Adelman learned from examining newly released secret government files, are especially riveting. Photos of Hirschman and his family and friends are carefully integrated into the text. VERDICT Hirschman's story will appeal to many general readers, but especially to economists.-Caroline Geck, Camden St. Sch. Lib., Newark, NJ (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
"[A] biography worthy of the man. Adelman brilliantly and beautifully brings Hirschman to life, giving us an unforgettable portrait of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary intellectuals. . . . [M]agnificent."-- Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker
Adelman's biography does a thorough job in shedding light not just on the academic and intellectual prowess of the great thinker, but also in informing the reader about the man whose life away from the intellectual world exhibited the same milieu of refreshing variety.
"Adelman's biography does a thorough job in shedding light not just on the academic and intellectual prowess of the great thinker, but also in informing the reader about the man whose life away from the intellectual world exhibited the same milieu of refreshing variety."-- Prashanth Perumal, Mint
Adelman's engrossing biography illustrates how Hirschman's global background, natural linguistic ability, education, and worldly experiences shaped his thoughts and enabled his thinking 'outside the box' to arrive at original and often provocative ideas. . . . Hirschman's story will appeal to many general readers, but especially to economists.
"Adelman's engrossing biography illustrates how Hirschman's global background, natural linguistic ability, education, and worldly experiences shaped his thoughts and enabled his thinking 'outside the box' to arrive at original and often provocative ideas. . . . Hirschman's story will appeal to many general readers, but especially to economists."-- Library Journal
"[A] hugely engaging 740-page epic."-- Justin Fox, New York Times Book Review
"[A] hugely engaging . . . epic."-- Justin Fox, New York Times Book Review
[A] massive, erudite biography.
"[A] massive, erudite biography."-- Roger Lowenstein, Wall Street Journal
[An] astonishing and moving biography. . . . Hirschman's work is more than interesting enough to justify a book (or two, or ten), but Adelman's achievement is to demonstrate, in novelistic detail, that he also lived an astounding life, full of narrow paths and ridiculously improbable twists and turns.
"[An] astonishing and moving biography. . . . Hirschman's work is more than interesting enough to justify a book (or two, or ten), but Adelman's achievement is to demonstrate, in novelistic detail, that he also lived an astounding life, full of narrow paths and ridiculously improbable twists and turns."-- Cass Sunstein, New York Review of Books
"Jeremy Adelman's outstanding biography . . . should receive serious attention from prize committees when the best non-fiction works of 2013 are chosen. . . . As Adelman makes eloquently clear, Hirschman . . . was a great deal more than an economist or social scientist."-- Stuart Mitchner, Princeton Magazine
"[T]he only official biography of one of our generation's most extraordinary thinkers."-- City Book Review
This is the book I have looked forward to most all year and so far it does not disappoint.
"This is the book I have looked forward to most all year and so far it does not disappoint."-- Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
Worldly Philosopher will be the definitive work on Hirschman for some time. . . . If you liked Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes , you will find Adelman's story of Hirschman's early life riveting--a book-club quality read. . . . Worldly Philosopher is a prodigious piece of research, lovingly told and immensely worthwhile for the new light it sheds on the odyssey of a writer whose small ideas add up to major insights.
" Worldly Philosopher will be the definitive work on Hirschman for some time. . . . If you liked Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes , you will find Adelman's story of Hirschman's early life riveting--a book-club quality read. . . . Worldly Philosopher is a prodigious piece of research, lovingly told and immensely worthwhile for the new light it sheds on the odyssey of a writer whose small ideas add up to major insights."-- Robert Kuttner, American Prospect
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Worldly Philosopher chronicles the times and writings of Albert O. Hirschman, one of the twentieth century's most original and provocative thinkers. In this gripping biography, Jeremy Adelman tells the story of a man shaped by modern horrors and hopes, a worldly intellectual who fought for and wrote in defense of the values of tolerance and change. Born in Berlin in 1915, Hirschman grew up amid the promise and turmoil of the Weimar era, but fled Germany when the Nazis seized power in 1933. Amid hardship and personal tragedy, he volunteered to fight against the fascists in Spain and helped many of Europe's leading artists and intellectuals escape to America after France fell to Hitler. His intellectual career led him to Paris, London, and Trieste, and to academic appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was an influential adviser to governments in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, as well as major foundations and the World Bank. Along the way, he wrote some of the most innovative and important books in economics, the social sciences, and the history of ideas. Throughout, he remained committed to his belief that reform is possible, even in the darkest of times. This is the first major account of Hirschman's remarkable life, and a tale of the twentieth century as seen through the story of an astute and passionate observer. Adelman's riveting narrative traces how Hirschman's personal experiences shaped his unique intellectual perspective, and how his enduring legacy is one of hope, open-mindedness, and practical idealism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Mots Justesp. 1
The Gardenp. 16
Berlin Is Burningp. 52
Proving Hamlet Wrongp. 85
The Hour of Couragep. 119
Crossingsp. 153
Of Guns and Butterp. 187
The Last Battlep. 219
The Anthillp. 252
The Biography of a Filep. 284
Colombia Yearsp. 295
Following My Truthp. 325
The Empirical Lanternp. 353
Sing the Epicp. 382
The God Who Helpedp. 415
The Cold Monsterp. 455
Man, the Stagep. 489
Body Partsp. 525
Disappointmentp. 531
Social Science for Our Grandchildrenp. 567
Reliving the Presentp. 599
Conclusion: Marc Chagall's Kissp. 639
Afterword: Sailing into the Windp. 653
Notesp. 659
Bibliographic Essayp. 699
Indexp. 709
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