The pieces in The Narrow Path of Freedom and Other Essays, by the well-known historian Eugene Davidson, are nothing less than a triumph - historical, of course, but also literary and philosophical. Dealing with the history of the past half-century, they face the world's encouraging as well as saddening developments. Davidson has a way with words; as befits such a far-ranging author, every essay is exquisitely written. One group of the essays confronts the idea of history - what the past should mean. From the Nuremburg Trials to Saddam Hussein, the absurdities of Ezra Pound to the idealism of Charles A. Beard, whom Davidson knew well - here is a book that will last well into our already turbulent new century.
Eugene Davidson is the author of numerous books, including Reflections on a Disruptive Decade, The Death and Life of Germany, The Trial of the Germans, The Nuremburg Fallacy, The Making of Adolf Hitler, and The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler, all now available from the University of Missouri Press. Davidson, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, is President Emeritus of the Conference on European Problems and former President of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs.