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Socrates: A Man for Our Times
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Paul Johnson is a journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. He came to prominence in the 50s writing for the New Statesman, where he was editor from 1965 - 1970. He then worked as a speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher (with whom he was at Oxford) and wrote a weekly column for the Spectator. He is married with two children and lives in London's Notting Hill Gate. He has written many books, including A HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD,1983, A HISTORY OF THE JEWS, 1987, and HEROES, 2007.

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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."
--Z calo Public Square

"Spectacular...a delight to read."
--The Wall Street Journal

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