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Intellectuals by Paul  Johnson
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Mar 13, 2012

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bookshelves: history, philosophy, politics
Read from March 13 to 18, 2012

The premise of the book is that we can't trust intellectuals because they have horrible personalities and are hypocrites. So the author picks some people with awful personalities and dishes the dirt on them. I enjoyed reading about that; but (1) some of his choices weren't known as intellectuals; and (2)there do exist intellectuals with decent personalities. I think Thomas Sowell is a pretty nice guy, for instance. It's more like he found bad personalities, described them, and then made a generalization about intellectuals.

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