Homelands: A Personal History of Europe


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Yale University Press
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6.06 X 9.29 X 1.26 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies at the University of Oxford and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books include The Magic Lantern, his eyewitness account of the revolutions of 1989; The File: A Personal History, based on reading his own Stasi file; and History of the Present. He lives in Oxford, England.


"From the 'miracle' of 1989 to the return of state thuggery, readers could hardly wish for a wiser guide to the continent's triumphs and travails."--Financial Times

"Is Europe a real entity or a mere wishful-thinking construct? This closely observed book explores both possibilities."--Kirkus Reviews

"We know there are Germans, Italians, Spaniards and Poles--but are there Europeans? Yes, at least one: Timothy Garton Ash. Homelands is the brilliant, captivating story of how he became one."--Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal

"Garton Ash deftly combines scholarship, journalistic experience, and personal observations and stories in Homelands. He offers an intellectual's history with a popular touch that is both delightful and thought-provoking."--Robert B. Zoellick, author of America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

"Garton Ash has carved out a unique niche as a 'historian of the present.' Homelands combines his eye-witness account of Europe's evolution with his keen historical insight to offer an innovative and compelling book."--Charles A. Kupchan, author of Isolationism

"The right book for Europe, at the right time. For a continent fascinated with its past, and yet indispensable for everyone's future, this mix of memoir and reflection is the perfect book for the present. In beautiful language, Garton Ash gives us a sense of the Europe that was, and of one that might yet be."--Timothy Snyder, author of The Road to Unfreedom

"A moving love letter to Europe, Homelands merges memoir, political analysis and social criticism to reflect on the future of a continent still haunted by its past. Friend of dissidents in former communist Europe, first-hand witness of high politics in the West, Garton Ash is unafraid to think about what the European project got wrong but also how it can redeem itself."--Lea Ypi, author of Free

"This book, from a man who had a front-row seat to much of the history he describes, draws on his experiences and those of his friends to bring events to vivid life."--M. E. Sarotte, author of Not One Inch