• A work of literature and an eloquent explanation of this most remarkable twentieth-century figure...Though Berlin will be the subject of many future studies, one cannot imagine anyone feeling the need to improve on this biography

  • Enthralling...More than an authorised biography...An affectionate and admiring, but none the less independently-minded portrait...A serious book, but also a vivid, lively and uplifting one

    Evening Standard
  • Reading Ignatieff's Isaiah Berlin, you feel you are understanding not only Isaiah Berlin, but the history...I do not see how there could be a more insightful, more erudite, biography of this remarkable man

    Doris Lessing, Times Literary Supplement
  • A rare gem of a book...It will add a new dimension to the afterlife of the philosopher

    Sunday Times
  • Brings off the near-impossible - a lifelike portrait of a man who was loved by his friends not for what he wrote, but what he said

    Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times Books of the Year

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