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This brilliant biography of Socrates by historian Paul Johnson situates the father of philosophy in the fifth century BC Athens that he loved, delving into the geopolitics of the time, his service as a soldier, his wide range of acquaintances and the civic unrest that led to Socrates' trial and death. This is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the thinker who believed questioning and education were the keys to a virtuous life, proving that Socrates' beliefs and philosophy are as relevant today as in ancient Athens.

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Socrates A brilliant portrait of the Greek philosopher who personified philosophy Socrates was undeniably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing. Throughout his life, and indeed until his very last moment alive, Socrates fully embodied his philosophy in thought and deed. It is through the story of his life that we can fully grasp his powerful actions and ideas.In his highly acclaime... Full description

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"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 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"
"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"

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

"With effortless erudition, Paul Johnson brings to life the world of the great philosopher."
--"Women's Wear Daily"
"Robust."--"The New Republic"
"Delivered in his typically robust, confident manner, this work r--"Booklist"
"Delivered in his typically robust, confident manner, this work reconfirms Johnson as one of the most popular of popular historians." --"Booklist"
"A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher's essential beliefs."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"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""

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

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

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.
"Zocalo Public Square"
Spectacular...a delight to read.
"The Wall Street Journal""

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.-
--Zocalo Public Square
-Spectacular...a delight to read.-
--The Wall Street Journal

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