|Sir Isaiah Berlin|
His lengthy Letters for the years 1960-1975 have been published in a 680-page volume under the title Building by Chatto and Windus at $60, the third volume of his correspondence, with one more anticipated. He writes about his American visit, mentioning his many American friends, like Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and Ambassador Chip Bohlen. One of his best friends was McGeorge Bundy, who went from Harvard to the Ford Foundation.
There are moments where Berlin was at the center of historical events. On October 16, 1962, Berlin met President Kennedy and his wife. In a letter to his wife Aline, Berlin describes the President as "rather tense". This was the first day of the Cuban missile crisis.
Born on June 6, 1909, Berlin died on November 5, 1997.
The collection of letters was edited by Henry Hardy (who maintains a website about Berlin) and Mark Pottle. The editing process has apparently been costly. John Banville, in the New York Review of Books on December 19, 2013, writes:
That such a book could be assembled and thereafter handsomely produced by a commercial publisher, is a little light of hope in a dark cultural time.