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Yours faithfully, Bertrand Russell : a life long fight for peace, justice, and truth in letters to the editor
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
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Correspondence. Selections
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Chicago, Ill. : Open Court ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2002]

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xii, 433 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bertrand Russell was one of the greatest philosophers of our time. In addition, he engaged in a lifelong battle with the forces of injustice -- emphasizing the importance of practice as well as theory. His most effective weapon in this struggle was letters to newspapers and magazines, most of which are collected in this volume. Russell exposes the irrationality of leaders and defends the public against the evils of the time, from British conscription in World War I and fascism in the 1930s to McCarthyism in the 1950s and the Vietnam War in the 1960s. These 400 witty, acerbic letters show him brilliantly sparring with both ordinary citizens and the most powerful leaders of the day, touching on everything from war and peace to sexual ethics and religion.

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century.

Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics.

After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Perkins (philosophy, Plymouth State College of the Univ. of New Hampshire) has authored The ABCs of the Soviet-American Nuclear Arms Race (1991) and Logic and Mr. Limbaugh: a Dittohead's Guide to Fallacious Reasoning (1995). Like Ronald W. Clark, who celebrates a man of epic proportions in The Life of Bertrand Russell (1976), Perkins presents Russell as one of the 20th century's greatest intellects and one of the world's greatest philosophers, a gadfly, like Socrates. This volume of letters provides a rich complement to Clark's extensive work. Around 300 "letters to the editor," written between 1904 and 1969, are arranged chronologically according to six historical periods. The letters reveal Russell's position on a variety of issues: an internationalist approach to peace, limits to capitalism, the danger of nuclear war, concern for human rights and civil liberties, deterrence as an illusion, doubts about the Warren Commission Report, American aggression in Vietnam, and the International War Crimes Tribunal. Armed with an informed understanding of unjust situations, Russell dared to speak out to the highest administrators as well as to the lowliest person deprived of rights. Russell's style is clear and clever. The book contains clarifying footnotes and a helpful index. General readers; all academic levels from lower-division undergraduate through faculty. D. A. Haney Marywood University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Bibliographical Notesp. xi
Russell, the Public Gadflyp. 1
I. Early Letters (1904-1913) [documents 1-8]p. 13
II. Against the First World War (1914-1918) [9-38]p. 31
III. Between the Wars (1919-1938) [39-92]p. 87
War and Peace [39-57]p. 90
Science, Philosophy, and Religion [58-66]p. 119
Human Rights and Civil Liberties [67-80]p. 131
Education [81-87]p. 146
Miscellaneous [88-92]p. 152
IV. World War Two and the Early Cold War (1939-1953) [93-119]p. 157
Human Rights and Civil Liberties [93-107]p. 160
War and Peace [108-116]p. 177
Miscellaneous [117-19]p. 196
V. The Cold War and the Nuclear Peril (1954-1962) [120-201]p. 199
War and Peace [120-170]p. 203
The Bomb [120-159]p. 203
Middle East and Far East [160-165]p. 248
The Berlin Crisis [166-68]p. 253
Cuba and the Missile Crisis [169-170]p. 256
Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and Disobedience [171-188]p. 260
Philosophy and Religion [189-198]p. 286
Miscellaneous [199-201]p. 297
VI. The Cold War and American Militarism 1963-1969 [202-292]p. 299
Human Rights and Civil Liberties [202-222]p. 303
Greece [202-04]p. 303
Germany [205-08]p. 306
Poland [209]p. 310
Spain [210]p. 311
Bulgaria [211]p. 312
Bolivia [212]p. 312
United States [213-17]p. 314
Soviet Union [218-19]p. 318
Africa [220-22]p. 321
War and Peace [223-282]p. 324
Cuba and the Missile Crisis [223-231]p. 324
The Bomb and the Cold War [232-242]p. 336
The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation [243-45]p. 356
Vietnam [246-266]p. 360
International War Crimes Tribunal [267-276]p. 384
Czechoslovakia and the Russians [277-282]p. 396
JFK Assassination [283-84]p. 403
Miscellaneous [285-292]p. 406
Indexp. 413