Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

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About the Author
Paul Mendes-Flohr is editor-in-chief of the twenty-two-volume German critical edition of the collected works of Martin Buber and the author of German Jews: A Dual Identity. He is professor emeritus of the Divinity School, University of Chicago, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"Mendes-Flohr. . . . traces the historical path that led Buber from Europe to Israel, and, throughout his engrossing narrative, tracks Buber's intellectual journey, one that made him both a revered figure and a controversial one."--Benjamin Balint, Wall Street Journal
"A scrupulously researched, perceptive biography of Buber that evinces an authoritative command of all the contexts through which Buber moved."--Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review
"Definitive."--Publishers Weekly
"Mendes-Flohr's magisterially researched and engagingly written biography brings Buber to life, makes his thought urgent and present, and shows again and again how Buber the person but also the thinker remains very much our contemporary."--Robert Erlewine, H-Net Reviews
"This is now the authoritative work on Buber and the place that all students of Buber should begin."--S. T. Katz, Choice
"Highly readable and concise. . . . Thanks to Mendes-Flohr's excellent biography of Buber, we need no translator to fully appreciate the monumental teachings of this seminal modern Jewish thinker."--Rabbi A. James Rudin, Reform Judaism
"Paul Mendes-Flohr's excellent recent biography, Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent, brings coherence to the tangles of Buber's life and thought, while never smoothing out the tensions that defined them."--Sam Gee, Los Angeles Review of Books
"An excellent general introduction to the life and thought of one of the 20th century's most important thinkers."--Yoav Schaefer, Jewish Review of Books

"Martin Buber was a great and hugely complicated man: philosopher, activist, he engaged throughout his career in a committed search for a modern Judaism that would remain in touch with the beauty, complexity, and tragedy of everyday life. Paul Mendes-Flohr's superb biography captures the depth and many-sidedness of Buber's life and work. It is a great gift for all who already care about Buber, and for many who have yet to make his acquaintance."--Martha C. Nussbaum, The University of Chicago
"This exquisite biography presents the best account to date of the life and work of one of the most distinguished modern Jewish thinkers and provides a panoramic view of the rich intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry."--Amir Eshel, Stanford University
"In Martin Buber, Paul Mendes-Flohr brilliantly combines impeccable scholarship with the ability to allow the real living person to come through on the page."--Arthur Green, author of Radical Judaism