Socrates: A Man for Our Times

Socrates: A Man for Our Times

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By (author) Paul Johnson

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143122215
  • ISBN 13: 9780143122210
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 84,328

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"Spectacular . . . A delight to read." --"The Wall Street Journal" From bestselling biographer and historian Paul Johnson, a brilliant portrait of Socrates, the founding father of philosophy In his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of Socrates, who is often hailed as the most important thinker of all time. Johnson provides a compelling picture of Athens in the fifth century BCE, and of the people Socrates reciprocally delighted in, as well as many enlightening and intimate analyses of specific aspects of his personality. Enchantingly portraying "the sheer power of Socrates's mind, and its unique combination of steel, subtlety, and frivolity," Paul Johnson captures the vast and intriguing life of a man who did nothing less than supply the basic apparatus of the human mind.

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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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"A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher's essential beliefs."--"Kirkus Reviews"