A Political Life is the compelling autobiography of NorbertoBobbio, one of the foremost political thinkers in postwar Italy. Indramatic and lively prose, Bobbio guides us through some of themost significant events of the twentieth century, charting theirinfluence on his life and work.
Born in 1909, Norberto Bobbio's early life was marked by theexperience of growing up in Mussolini's Italy ? an experiencethat helped to shape his passionate commitment to the anti-fascistcause. As a result of these early experiences, Bobbio hastirelessly emphasized the fundamental, unassailable importance ofdemocratic rights in the modern state. He has been a voice ofreason and moderation in a political context where democraticvalues have often been threatened by extremes.
This masterly autobiography traces the development of Bobbio'spolitical thought, providing a penetrating analysis of the changingpolitical landscape of Italy. At the same time, it represents anintimate account of Bobbio's personal experiences, giving a rareinsight into the life and work of this distinguished thinker.APolitical Life will be of great interest to students andscholars of social and political theory and of Italian politics, aswell as to a general readership interested in political biographyand contemporary politics.