Interesting Times by Eric Hobsbawm

Great book review of Interesting Times by Eric Hobsbawm by Niall Ferguson: What a swell party it was. . . for him.

I read Hobsbawm in graduate school and I too was repulsed by his myopia. Ferguson gets it right:

The tragedy of Communism – and it was a tragedy that cost the lives of tens of millions – was that a man of Eric Hobsbawm’s intelligence could not see, and still cannot see, that Communism was the negation of both freedom and justice, for the sake of a spurious and ultimately bogus egalitarianism.

Read the whole thing it is worth it.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).