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The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
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Aug 13, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 1998

Of all the books I've ever read this is possibly the one that has been the most important to me. She manages to write as if she's tapping into some raw stream of intuitive leaps, from one vivid insight to another, and yet it all comes out (seemingly effortlessly) as mercilessly causal, leaving you with two options only; sit back and enjoy the ride, or quibble.

And who likes to quibble?

And yet somehow in all this she also manages to build in invisible space in her discourse for a measure of dissenting opinion on the part of the reader.

Read everything by Hannah Arendt.

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