The Two Tony Judts

Tony Judt's Complicated Stance on Israel 1

John R. Rifkin

The intellectual stature of Tony Judt, who died in August at age 62, was sealed by his anti-Zionism.

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John R. Rifkin

The intellectual stature of Tony Judt, who died in August at age 62, was sealed by his anti-Zionism.

Tony Judt, who died last month at the age of 62 after suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, was an unlikely celebrity academic. He was soft-spoken, dressed much like a graduate student, rarely appeared on television or radio, and derided postmodernism and ethnic studies. The finest of his many books, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Penguin Press), published in 2005, is a prodigiously original, rather straightforward, dense (832 pages without footnotes in paperback) political