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on 9 March 2011
Timothy Garton Ash is one of those rare birds that can give extraordinary satisfaction to readers. He is one of the few people who have thought about things that I haven't thought about and that are deeply interesting. I know this does not sound well, but it is true.

It is a rare pleasure to learn something totally new, and Garton Ash is just the man to help you do that. I am an inveterate reader--I do not have a TV--and to me it is a great pleasure to read a familiar thought worded in a strikingly new way. How much more pleasing then it is to find sparkling new thoughts wrapped in fitting phrases.

I especially liked his piece on how Britain is part of Europe and the other one on whether and how the West deserves its position of supremacy on the world stage.

This is the best I have read anywhere.

Timothy Garton Ash has just received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgiumand rightly so.

MelanieS, Belgium
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on 15 April 2014
I read the File many years ago and found Ash to be an engaging and amusing writer, with a particular talent for a sort of detached, semi-journalistic autobiography.

Having read nothing of his since I was surprised that this carries over very well into his journalism, in particular his long for journalism. A very satisfying read.
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on 28 March 2011
Here is a book which delves into topics of the utmost importance in a strikingly original, clear-eyed and penetrating manner. What is most satisfying, though, is the the realization that we are in the presence of a writer whose insights are free from particular ideological stances and are almost always balanced and multi-layered. The book is usefully divided into different sections, each of which comprises of articles and essays dedicated to exploring topics as diverse as Europe, Britain, America, revolutions and profiles of important writers and thinkers. The writings about Europe are particularly interesting and inspiring at a time when the concept of "Europeism, in which Garton Ash firmly believes, seems to be losing ground. In partricular, Garton Ash prides himself on being European and this is a sentiment i share with him. With the unfortunate passing of Tony Judt Timothy Garton Ash will most likely be a reference figure for political analysis in the coming years. It would be misleading to summarize a book which touches upon so many facts and ideas. Here suffice to say that if you enjoy political writing of the highest quality you coul do a lot worse than read this splendid volume.
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on 16 December 2010
This book is a joy to read in terms of both the extremely clear style and the food for thought that it provides. Every few pages I found myself stopping to think carefully about a point just made and how it fits into my existing world-view. Much of the book is based upon the author's own first-hand observations of the situations described, granting it a weight which may not be present elsewhere. Fully recommended, I have learned much in just a few hundred pages!
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on 25 September 2010
TGA is a Europhile liberal who will annoy Eurosceptic torygraph types but can be penetratingly critical too. Wide-ranging and a little smart-arse flippant, but well worth a dip and skim, and the occasional deep-read.
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on 9 October 2009
The book is well-written, though i share few of the authors views on the subjects I am most familiar with, he appears to be ego-tripping a lot, which is sad because the guy writes very well, just doesnt really seem to know much about what he is writing about...
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