Friday the 6th of August, after a battle of two years against motor neuron disease ,Tony Judt, celebrated historian and intellectual extraordinaire, passed away. The more frequent readers of Gibburt will know that I greatly admire mr. Judt and as such I could not let his passing go without a small token of my appreciation for his work.
Although Tony Judt was mostly famous for his open stance against the Israeli policies in dealing with their Palestinian country members, I will remember him most for his lifework: Postwar, a history of Europe since 1945. Both insightful and well informed I have yet to come across a work that explains the European condition so well as Postwar does. His last two books Reappraisals and – what is already being called his testament – Ill fares the land are waiting on my nightstand for me.
Tony, the world is less without your piercing mind in it.