Friday, August 13, 2010

R.I.P. Tony Judt (2 January 1948 – 6 August 2010)

Tony Judt was widely admired for his intellectual courage, his keen mind and his contempt for self-justifying dogmas, particularly those that deployed to rationalize collective pain and cruelty.  He not only wrote pungently of Communism, but of Israel as well.  His prescient and remarkable 2003 NYRB essay remains essential reading for understanding Zionism's failure.

Adam Shatz offers a fitting and affectionate appreciation of Judt's intellectual honesty and his legacy.

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