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    DescriptionIn his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of a homely but charismatic middle class man living in Athens in the fifth century BC. The book provides a portrait of Socrates.

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    A Man for Our Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Johnson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780143122210
    ISBN 10: 0143122215

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    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    B&T General Subject: 170
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
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    LC classification: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
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    Abridged Dewey: 109
    BISAC V2.8: BIO009000
    B&T Approval Code: A10201520
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    Edition statement
    Penguin Putnam Inc
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    Publication date
    03 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Paul Johnson's many books, including "A History of Christianity, A History of the Jews," "Modern Times," "Churchill," and "Napoleon: A Penguin Life," have been hailed as masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for "Forbes" and "The Spectator," and his work has also appeared in "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and many others publications. He lives in London.
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    Praise for "Socrates" by Paul Johnson: "An admirably concise view of a remarkable life whose influence remains central to the foundations of Western thought." --"Publishers Weekly" "[Johnson's] genuine love of the demos makes him an all-too-rare figure in today's chattering classes." --"First Things" "Johnson writes more concisely than most scholars and brings to his prose a wealth of anecdote and asides unknown to most academics. His Socrates comes alive not through arguments over Platonic dating or Pythagorean influence, but by wit and allusion to Jane Austen novels, Samuel Johnson, John Maynard Keynes, firsthand remembrances of Winston Churchill's speeches and Richard Dawkins. A valuable overview." --"Washington Times" "Robust." --"The New Republic" "With effortless erudition, Paul Johnson brings to life the world of the great philosopher." --"Women's Wear Daily" "A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher's essential beliefs." --"Kirkus Reviews" "A wonderfully readable account of life in Athens, its political quarrels, and its failures. As good as a murder mystery, Johnson's narrative is exciting." --"Library Journal" "Enlightening.... Johnson disentangles centuries of scarce and questionable sources to offer a riveting account of a homely but charismatic middle-class man whose ideas still shape the way we decide how to act, and how we fathom the notion of body and soul." --"History Book Club" "Johnson is an accomplished historian and writer with a fluid, unpretentious style and an honest voice. These gifts, which have made his 12 previous books enjoyable and popular, are no less evident in Socrates." --"The Washington Independent Review of Books" "This snappy biography goes down easy while offering a full portrait of Socrates--the man, the thinker, the celebrity--and the world he lived in." --"Zocalo Public Sq