An Original Thinker Of Our Time

Review of Jeremy Adelman’s Worldly Philosopher, a biography of Albert Hirschman, “an anti-utopian reformer” best known for his economic writing, notably Exit, Voice and Loyalty. But what amazes here is the courage of his youth. He escaped Nazi Germany, fought for the Republicans in Spain, and ran an underground railroad for Jews fleeing Vichy France that rescued Hannah Arendt, André Breton, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Max Ernst (4,250 words)

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