Russell Jacoby, a professor of history at UCLA, is the author of The Last Intellectuals, Dialectic of Defeat and other works. His new book, Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age, has just been published by Columbia University Press.
"One does not jail Voltaire." So responded the president of France to calls that Jean-Paul Sartre be arrested for backing an independent Algeria.
"This act of
incendiarism is the most monstrous act of terrorism so far carried
out," reported a 1933 Berlin newspaper.
A refugee from Nazism and a distinguished New York psychoanalyst, Sandor
Rado had thought long and deeply about Hitler's takeover of Germany.
Years ago, the writer Otto Friedrich interviewed hi