When the Facts Change

When the Facts Change : Essays, 1995-2010

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"When the facts change, I change my mind--what do you do, sir?"
A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement
In an age in which there has been an erosion of fact-based journalism and the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, Tony Judt played a rare and valuable role, bringing together history and current events, Europe and America, the world as it was and as it is with what it should be. In When the Facts Change, Tony Judt's widow and fellow historian Jennifer Homans has assembled an essential collection of Judt's most important and influential pieces written in the last fifteen years of his life, when he found his voice in the public sphere. These seminal essays reflect the full range of Judt's concerns, including Europe as an idea and in reality; Israel, the Holocaust, and the Jews; American hyperpower and the world after 9/11; and issues of social inclusion and social justice in a time of increasing inequality.
Judt believed his real job was not to say what wasn't but to say what was--to tell a convincing, clear story from available evidence, and to do it with a view of what was right and what was just. This was not only a duty, but a moral responsiblity for Judt and When the Facts Change is a testament to his legacy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 137 x 211 x 20mm | 249g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143128450
  • 9780143128458
  • 791,933

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Mark Mazower, Financial Times
"Tony Judt was a historian whose journalism includes some of the finest things he wrote... In an era of growing anti-intellectualism, his essays remind us of what we gain when we stick fast to high ethical and intellectual standards, and what is lost when we let them slip."
Samuel Moyn, The New York Times Book Review
"Scintillating journalism... This collection is a reminder of Judt's clear mind and prose and, as Homans says in her lovely introduction, his fidelity to hard facts and to honest appraisal of the modern scene.... No wonder this book, and Judt's assumption of the role of political critic after the Cold War, remain so relevant."
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About Professor of History Tony Judt

Tony Judt (1948-2010) was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and l'Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. He was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies at New York University and the director of the Remarque Institute, which he founded in 1995. Among other books, Judt was the author of Thinking the Twentieth Century, The Memory Chalet, Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals, and Postwar, which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2005 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. She lives in New York City.
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