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BBC Arts have filmed a 90 minute documentary adaptation of Waugh's previous book, Fathers and Sons, and have already expressed a desire to make a documentary based on The House of Wittgenstein. For fans of Wittgenstein's Poker, by John Eidinow and David Edmonds The hardback received extensive, glowing review coverage

Two new books deal with the life and ideas of the enigmatic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein and Reason had its genesis in a one-day conference at the University of Reading and includes additional essays invited for this volume, notably, a translation of an important paper by French Wittgenstein scholar Jacques Bouveresse on the limitations of causal explanations. Although Wittgenstein rarely writes specifically about the philosophical concept of reason, Preston (philosophy, Univ. of Reading) offers scholarly pieces that explore the connections in his work between reason and relativism, the reasonableness of religious belief, and Wittgenstein's notion of rule following. Recommended for academic research libraries. In The House of Wittgenstein, writer and critic Waugh (Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family) tells the story of the downfall of the wealthy Wittgenstein family. He follows the intellectually and musically gifted Wittgenstein children as history conspires to rob them of one of Europe's largest fortunes. Waugh weaves the family's story around that of the fourth son, Paul: losing his arm in the Great War, Paul gained international acclaim as a left-handed concert pianist; at that time, his brother Ludwig's notoriety was limited to a small circle at Cambridge. With the rise of the Nazis, the Wittgenstein siblings were declared racially Jewish and held hostage for their wealth-a peril that ratchets up the book's tension and contributes to the already tragic atmosphere haunting the family. Waugh sifted through letters and journals held in archives and private collections for this masterfully researched work that brings the characters of this previously untold story to life. He moves seamlessly among historical circumstance, personal relations, and the world of classical composition and performance. This gripping book is highly recommended for academic libraries.-Steven Chabot, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Alexander Waugh is the grandson of Evelyn and son of Auberon. He has been the chief Opera Critic at both the Mail on Sunday and the Evening Standard, and is also a publisher, cartoonist and award-winning composer. He is the author of Fathers and Sons, Time and God. He reviews regularly for national newspapers and magazines.

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Two new books deal with the life and ideas of the enigmatic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein and Reason had its genesis in a one-day conference at the University of Reading and includes additional essays invited for this volume, notably, a translation of an important paper by French Wittgenstein scholar Jacques Bouveresse on the limitations of causal explanations. Although Wittgenstein rarely writes specifically about the philosophical concept of reason, Preston (philosophy, Univ. of Reading) offers scholarly pieces that explore the connections in his work between reason and relativism, the reasonableness of religious belief, and Wittgenstein's notion of rule following. Recommended for academic research libraries. In The House of Wittgenstein, writer and critic Waugh (Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family) tells the story of the downfall of the wealthy Wittgenstein family. He follows the intellectually and musically gifted Wittgenstein children as history conspires to rob them of one of Europe's largest fortunes. Waugh weaves the family's story around that of the fourth son, Paul: losing his arm in the Great War, Paul gained international acclaim as a left-handed concert pianist; at that time, his brother Ludwig's notoriety was limited to a small circle at Cambridge. With the rise of the Nazis, the Wittgenstein siblings were declared racially Jewish and held hostage for their wealth-a peril that ratchets up the book's tension and contributes to the already tragic atmosphere haunting the family. Waugh sifted through letters and journals held in archives and private collections for this masterfully researched work that brings the characters of this previously untold story to life. He moves seamlessly among historical circumstance, personal relations, and the world of classical composition and performance. This gripping book is highly recommended for academic libraries.-Steven Chabot, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'It has been famously written, and often observed, that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Never was this truer than in the case of the Wittgensteins ... fascinating' Spectator 'A work of real discovery' Norman Lebrecht, Evening Standard 'The story in this book is so gripping and fascinating that it is remarkable that it has never been told in this way before ... it is hard to imagine another account showing such fluency, wit and attention to detail as Alexander Waugh's' Simon Heffer, Literary Review 'Masterly ... His writing is brisk, confident and colourful ... a pleasure to read' Sunday Telegraph

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