Tony Judt (1948-2010) was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and l'ï¿½cole Normale Supï¿½rieure, Paris, and taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. He was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies at New York University and the director of the Remarque Institute, which he founded in 1995. Among other books, Judt was the author of Thinking the Twentieth Century, The Memory Chalet, Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals, and Postwar, which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2005 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. She lives in New York City.
Mark Mazower, Financial Times "Tony Judt was a historian whose journalism includes some of the finest things he wrote... In an era of growing anti-intellectualism, his essays remind us of what we gain when we stick fast to high ethical and intellectual standards, and what is lost when we let them slip." Samuel Moyn, The New York Times Book Review "Scintillating journalism... This collection is a reminder of Judt's clear mind and prose and, as Homans says in her lovely introduction, his fidelity to hard facts and to honest appraisal of the modern scene.... No wonder this book, and Judt's assumption of the role of political critic after the Cold War, remain so relevant."