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Personal Impressions

Personal Impressions

By Isaiah Berlin

Viking, 1981, 219 pp.

Unsurpassed sketches of such giants as Churchill, Roosevelt, Weizmann and Einstein, as well as of Russian writers and Oxford colleagues. Berlin defines the character of the subject and his historic role not by accumulating details but by grasping the essence of the individual and his embodiment of deeper human and dramatic truths. A succession of portraits that in the end evokes the portrait of the author himself: a man of moral intuition and superb intelligence, of empathy and magnanimity, of unerring sharpness and style.