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Best of Times, Worst of Times: Memoirs of a Political Education
by Walter Laqueur
Brandeis University Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-1-58465-880-1 | Cloth: 978-1-58465-798-9
Library of Congress Classification D15.L35A3 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.9092

Walter Laqueur has been writing and teaching for over six decades, primarily in the fields of twentieth century history and politics, always as a shrewd and thoughtful generalist in an age of specialization. In this engaging memoir, Laqueur focuses on the political and historical events that shaped his thinking and that have inspired his intellectual work throughout his life. He discusses living and attending school under Nazism; Marxism, the Soviet Union, and the part he played in Cold War politics; and the image his generation had of Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East. Laqueur shares his views on beltway politics and think tanks, and concludes with a look at guerrilla warfare and terrorism, and the future of Europe.

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