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By Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the final ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s lifestyles presents a spotlight for knowing one of many maximum thinkers of the 20 th century. however the publication, including either a year-by-year account of Sartre’s final decade and a talk among him and de Beauvoir approximately his existence and paintings, is greater than only a philosophical exam. it's also a private discussion of superb frankness that illuminates the most recognized and complicated relationships of the 20 th century.

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S. Houston at San Francisco, July 14, 1938 A prince, wrote Machiavelli, must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Those that wish to be only lions do not understand this. Therefore, a prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest, and when the reasons which made him bind himself no longer exist.

As a Federalist member of the state convention he voted under Alexander Hamilton’s brilliant leadership to ratify the new federal Constitution in opposition to the great landowners along the Hudson. Then the line veered steadily away from politics. Isaac’s son James (1760-1847) went to Princeton, became a sugar refiner and banker, was a Federalist member of the New York State Assembly for one term, bred horses, and bought land along the Hudson near Poughkeepsie. His son Isaac (1790-1863) had no interest in politics: he was a Princeton man, a student of medicine and botany, a breeder of cattle and horses, and became a Dutchess County squire.

It was a world of benevolent authority, with class lines separating the close little family of three at the top from the nurses and governesses, and these in turn from the maids and cooks indoors, and these in turn from the stableboys and farm hands outside. It was a world with the sound and smack of the sea, carried in Sara’s rendering of the sea chanteys she had learned on the long voyage to China. It was a world of broad horizons, where Paris and London and Nauheim were familiar places one visited almost every year.

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