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Writers and Politics

Conor Cruise O’Brien
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Arguably Conor Cruise O’Brien’s most influential and admired book was this brilliant collection of essays – on history, literature and public affairs – first published in 1965.

‘I can still remember the excitement with which I discovered a copy of Writers and Politics, in a provincial library in Devonshire thirty years ago. Nobody who tries to write about either of those subjects, or about “the bloody crossroads” where they have so often met, can disown a debt to the Cruiser.’ Christopher Hitchens, London Review of Books

‘When a liberal can write such pieces as “Mercy and Mercenaries”, “Journal de Combat”, “Varieties of Anti-Communism”, “A New Yorker Critic”, and “Generation of Saints”, an important voice has returned to our culture.’ Raymond Williams, Guardian

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