Tony Judt

We all know that Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse of the New York Yankees, had his career ended by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (which is now called Lou Gehrig’s disease). It is an insidious, fatal disease which gradually destroys a person’s ability to move breathe, swallow and talk. One of its more recent victims is prominent historian Tony Judt. He is a professor of history at New York University and the creator of the Remarque Institute. He has published many important works on European history which include Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945 and Reappraisals: reflections on the forgotten twentieth century. He is fighting back against the disease and is still giving lectures from a wheelchair. He is also still writing. He has done a series of articles for the New York Review of Books in which he discusses vignettes from his past. ALS has indeed encountered a formidable adversary in the person of Tony Judt.

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