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Jeremy Adelman, whose biography of Albert O. Hirschman topped many Best Book of the Year lists and was acclaimed as “brilliant” and “magnificent” by the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, is joined by the academic and writer Annie Cohen-Solal to explore the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most original and provocative thinkers.

He discusses the horrors and hopes that served as Albert Hirschman’s contemporaries. Hirschman defends values of tolerance and change; and his enduring legacy, Adelman argues, is one of open-mindedness and practical idealism.


Brief Bios

Jeremy Adelman has a masters’ degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University. He has authored or edited ten books. Adelman has received fellowships from the British Council, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as the American Council Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship. He has served as Chair of the History Department at Princeton University for four years. He is the founder of the Council for International Teaching and Research, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, and the Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton.

Annie Cohen-Solal is an academic and a cultural historian. She is the bestselling author of Sartre: A Life, which has been translated into sixteen languages, as well as Painting American and Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, respective winners of the Académie des Beaux arts Prize and the ArtCurial Prize.

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