The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Went Wrong? tells the story of his extraordinary life
After September 11, Americans who had never given much thought to the Middle East turned to Bernard Lewis for an explanation, catapulting What Went Wrong? and later Crisis of Islam to become number one bestsellers. He was the first to warn of a coming "clash of civilizations," a term he coined in 1957, and has led an amazing life, as much a political actor as a scholar of the Middle East. In this witty memoir he reflects on the events that have transformed the region since World War II, up through the Arab Spring.
A pathbreaking scholar with command of a dozen languages, Lewis has advised American presidents and dined with politicians from the shah of Iran to the pope. Over the years, he had tea at Buckingham Palace, befriended Golda Meir, and briefed politicians from Ted Kennedy to Dick Cheney. No stranger to controversy, he pulls no punches in his blunt criticism of those who see him as the intellectual progenitor of the Iraq war. Like America’s other great historian-statesmen Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Kissinger, he is a figure of towering intellect and a world-class raconteur, which makes Notes on a Century essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of the Middle East.
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He writes frankly of his long tenure at Princeton, the dicey Israel-Palestinian crisis, the eclipse of secularism in the Muslim world...Thoughtful, outspoken words from a sage who has lived his share of history.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century | See more reviews from Kirkus
The key concept in this approach is the concept of justice as defined in the Muslim context. Here Dr. Lewis elicits the true measure of a historian’s response to the benefit of policy makers...For this and for other reasons we as historians are in debt to the life and work of Dr. Lewis.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
we are fortunate to have this chatty memoir, even if it is Lewis’s earlier classics that will truly endure.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century
This memoir by an intellectual committed to a relentless search for historical understanding of a complex society is highly recommended for both specialists and interested general readersRead Full Review of Notes on a Century
those looking for a meticulous historical account of his career will be disappointed. His reflections are more lighthearted than profound, more anecdotal than analytic.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century
A bruiser but not a bully, he is a throwback, a creature from the deep lagoon of past grand scholarship...with the authorities and areas one studied, and even war service in the region, counted for something.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century
Easy to read, completely free from jargon, the book has the cheerful conversational fizz of someone able to give a good account of himself.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century
His readers will find in this memoir the same stylistic qualities we have enjoyed before. He writes with easy grace, he skewers his enemies with precision and he never neglects the chance to amuse us.Read Full Review of Notes on a Century
Like America’s other great historian-statesmen Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Kissinger, he is a figure of towering intellect and a world-class raconteur, which makes Notes on a Century essential readingRead Full Review of Notes on a Century
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