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Author: Anne C. Heller Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781501252471
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Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist—extolled by her peers as a visionary and denounced by others as a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler’s Germany in 1933 and became best known for her critique of the world’s response to the evils of World War II.

A woman of many contradictions, Arendt learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous—and most divisive—work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, brought fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger.

In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne Heller tracks the source of Arendt’s apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements, from a tumultuous childhood to her arrival as what she called a “conscious pariah”—one of those few people in every time and place who don’t “lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us” and will not “pay any price” to win acceptance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anne C. Heller illuminates Hannah Arendt.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A sympathetic account of Arendt’s lifelong quest to explain ‘the kinds of thinking, judging, and acting conscious people must partake in to be members in good standing of a diverse and moral human race.’”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “An evenhanded, sympathetic biography of a defiant thinker.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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 Rocket and Lightship

  • “Narrator Laural Merlington’s somewhat raspy timbre captures the listener’s attention at the outset…Merlington skillfully weaves an appropriately paced, mature, and thoughtful narration to suit the graceful examination of a life fully lived.”


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About the Author

Anne Conover Heller has written for such publications as Vogue, Mademoiselle, TriQuarterly, and Esquire. She is the former fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook and a former executive editor at Condé Nast Publications.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.