- viii, 721 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
- Contents: The Bronx -- Williams College -- and a different New York -- Return to Williams -- Harvard in various forms -- Revision Germany -- London, part I -- London, part II -- Oxford, part I -- Interim I: the beginnings of a long farewell to Europe -- Return to New York -- Amherst -- The US again -- Transatlantic politics -- Germans to a different front -- My DDR adventure: walled out -- or, why I could not visit Stalinism by subway -- A routine-ization of history -- Georgetown Law Center: a welcoming academic home -- The end of a century.Includes index.Summary: "This book is a contribution to the history of the Cold War, Dr. Birnbaum having been a very audible critic of US policy. Even more, it is a study of the role of ideas in politics, and of the adventures and misadventures of three generations of public intellectuals in Europe and the US. The author, now the senior member of the Editorial Board of The Nation, was a founding editor of New Left Review, a member of the Editorial Board of Partisan Review, and a contributor to Trans-Atlantic debate. He is particularly proud of having been barred from the German Democratic Republic in 1986 for assisting some of the dissidents who eventually ended the regime. Dr. Birnbaum?s direct experience of public affairs includes an appointment as Consultant, National Security Council, and advisory roles with the United Auto Workers and Senator Edward Kennedy. He has also been an advisor to the German Trade Union Federation and the Green and Social Democratic Parties, to the French Socialist Party and Spanish Socialist Party, and to the Secretariat for Non-Believers of the Holy See. "--Amazon.