When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010

Tony Judt Jennifer Homans April 11, 2020

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 Tony Judt Jennifer Homans A great thinker s final testament a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement Tony Judt s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centered on twentieth century Europe in history and memory Some of Judt s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of ReappraisaA great thinker s final testament a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement Tony Judt s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centered on twentieth century Europe in history and memory Some of Judt s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of Reappraisals, most notably his writings on the state of Israel and its relationship to Palestine There would be time, it was thought, to fit these essays into a larger frame Sadly, this would not be the case, at least during the author s own life Now, in When the Facts Change, Tony Judt s widow and fellow historian, Jennifer Homans, has found the frame, gathering together important essays from the span of Judt s career that chronicle both the evolution of his thought and the remarkable consistency of his passionate engagement and intellectual lan Whether the subject is the scholarly poverty of the new social history, the willful blindness of French collective memory about what happened to the country s Jews during World War II, or the moral challenge to Israel of the so called Palestinian problem, the majesty of Tony Judt s work lies in his combination of unsparing honesty, intellectual brilliance, and ethical clarity When the Facts Change exemplifies the utility, indeed the necessity, of minding our history and not letting cheerful fictions suffice in its place An emphatic demonstration of the power of a great historian to connect us deeply to the world as it was, as it is, and as it should be, it is a fitting capstone to an extraordinary body of work.

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 Tony Judt Jennifer Homans

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