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Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World

Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World
By Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
616 pp, Yale University Press, 1982

Hannah Arendt exemplified the experience of many European intellectuals, especially of German Jews: a prewar education in Europe, multiple flights from Nazism (first to France, then to America), gradual but never complete assimilation into American life. A philosophical biography, with new and illuminating details and a fine empathetic sense of how her private life and her public roles and her works were intertwined. Written by a former student, with distance and candor, at considerable length, but on the basis of a vast and rewarding inquiry. This is an evocation of a milieu and of a person whose intellectual courage and energy were legendary, and whose achievement is for the first time fully examined in this work.