A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern
world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau,
Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell,
Brecht, Sartre, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillian Hellman,
Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tynan, and
Noam Chomsky, among others, are revealed as intellectuals both
brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.