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Andre Schiffrin was born the son of one of France's most esteemed publishers, in a world peopled by some of the day's leading writers and intellectuals, such as Andre Gide and Jean-Paul Sartre. But this world was torn apart when the Nazis marched into Paris on young Andre's fifth birthday. Beginning with the family's dramatic escape to Casablanca - thanks to the help of the legendary Varian Fry - and eventually New York, A Political Education recounts the surprising twists and turns of a life that saw Schiffrin become one of the world's most respected publishers.
For thirty years, Andre Schiffrin (1935-2013) was the publisher of Pantheon Books, where he showcased some of the world's leading writers, including Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault, Eric Hobsbawm, Art Spiegelman, Simone de Beauvoir, Studs Terkel, and Marguerite Duras. In 1990, he left Pantheon to found The New Press, and many of those writers went with him. He was the author of an acclaimed study of the book industry, The Business of Books: How International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read --which was published in twenty-three foreign editions--and Words & Money. From the Hardcover edition.