Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tony Judt, 1948-2010

Tony Judt's death yesterday at 62 of Lou Gehrig's disease was not unexpected. He had been chronicling his own demise for more than a year in the pages of the New York Review of Books. Still, his loss is a blow to all of us who study modern France and to the even larger number of people who looked to him as an articulate and impassioned defender of social democracy. He will be remembered for many things, but for me his most notable books were Past Imperfect, The Burden of Responsibility, and of course his masterpiece Postwar. He will be missed.