Advance Praise
  • Anne Heller’s elegant biography is a triumph of assured storytelling: concise yet sweeping, finely detailed, large in scope, at once clear-eyed and deeply sympathetic. We feel Arendt’s presence on every page.

    Sam Tanenhaus

    Writer-at-large, The New York Times, and former editor of The New York Times Book Review

  • In this lucid, accessible biography, Anne Heller shows how Arendt's eventful life–shaped by war and exile, love and friendship–gave rise to her most important insights into politics and the nature of evil.

    Adam Kirsch

    Author of Benjamin Disraeli, Why Trilling Matters, and The Wounded Surgeon

  • A perceptive life of the controversial political philosopher… An evenhanded, sympathetic biography of a defiant thinker.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A well-wrought portrait of Arendt as a rootless woman who nevertheless established strong friendships and influenced a large circle of followers.

    Publishers Weekly