I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche

A groundbreaking new biography of philosophy's greatest iconoclast Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most enigmatic figures in philosophy, and his concepts--the ?bermensch, the will to power, slave morality--have fundamentally reshaped our understanding of the human condition. But what do most people really know of Nietzsche--beyond the mustache, the scowl, and the lingeri A groundbreaking new biography of philosophy's greatest iconoclast Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most enigm...

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Title:I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche
Author:Sue Prideaux
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche Reviews

  • Supriyo Chaudhuri
    Nov 17, 2018
    A very readable biography of Nietzsche, written for lay reader but not light on philosophy. In fact, it makes the philosophy come alive in context, presenting lengthy quotes with facts and anecdotes. Nietzsche's life is indeed worth it's story, with all the ironies of being a symbol of...
  • Keith
    Dec 13, 2018
    This a deeply fascinating, well researched and written, biography of Friedrich Nietzsche. It is especially praiseworthy for its accessibility. It seems a deep challenge for a biographer to write the life of a philosopher but Sue Prideaux has succeeded wth a volume that tells the story ...
  • Erik Graff
    Sep 13, 2018
    When asked for recommendations by those unversed in philosophy I most commonly recommend Plato and Nietzsche. Both are enduringly popular. Both are immediately accessible. Though often misinterpreted, both also describe the antipodes of Western philosophy: the metaphysical and the anti...
  • Mehrsa
    Apr 20, 2019
    This is a really well-written and vivid memoir of Nietzsche and his legacy. He was a weird and really smart dude. The manner of his decline and death was tragic, but not as tragic as the misuse of his core ideas by the Nazis. Prideaux makes the compelling case that it was his sister th...
  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    Jan 19, 2019
    I love getting to know Nietzsche the man of suffering, in the context of his own family, Pastor Karl and everybody who who had to deal with mental disorders in some form or another. To reduce Nietzsche to a famous quote such as God is dead is plain shallow and ignoramous because contex...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    Aug 23, 2018
    Sue Prideaux presents an fascinating biography on one of the most controversial philosophers of the 19th Century. Rather than focusing heavily on Nietzsche's philosophy she concentrates on his life and and friends, particularly composer Robert Wagner. She also ties Nietzsche's mental b...
  • Scott Erickson
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is a great introduction not only Nietzsche's life, but also to his thought. For me, trying to read Nietsche directly is nearly impossible. He was NOT a clear and concise writer. Why couldn't he just SAY what he meant? But this book clearly shows his intellectual journey, and I was...
  • Justin Evans
    Jan 16, 2019
    Horrible title, fabulous cover, very enjoyable book. Prideaux writes well, she has a great eye for the important details and for knowing what can be left out, and a flare for narrative. Her destruction of Elisabeth Nietzsche is glorious; her writing on Friedrich is obviously even-hande...
  • C. Quabela
    Aug 07, 2018
    Nietzsche was the primary philosopher who inspired me to pursue the field. Not that he offers a (coherent) belief system or ready-to-hand tools for life, but he does provide the type of critical perspective necessary to begin questioning one?s life. His thought has so much become a p...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    Apr 23, 2019
    Wow, don't remember anything from one book of Nietzsche I have read long ago ("Thus spoke Zaratustra"), before internet and this book helped to realize how much Nietzsche did actually influenced my life. ...
  • carl  theaker
    Feb 18, 2019
    Yes I too thought, oh a book about a philosopher, reading that would be like eating breakfast cereal without milk, but I still picked ?I am Dynamite?, the title encouraged me, off the new book shelf at the library and thank goodness the author writes in a lively style, bringing out...
  • Kelsey
    Sep 19, 2018
    I AM DYNAMITE! is an intimate look at the life and death of one of history's most well known philosophers- Friedrich Nietzsche. One of my favorite aspects of reading is the fact that I can pick up a book knowing very little about a subject and finish with a whole new perspective and we...
  • Rahul  Adusumilli
    May 13, 2019
    ?That the profoundest mind must also be the most frivolous one is almost a formula for my philosophy.? Before losing his mind and with pain as his constant companion, Nietzsche traipsed across Europe and the Mediterranean like Clooney's friend Matt Damon in Talented Mr. Ripley. ...
  • John
    Mar 19, 2019
    Excellent biography of Nietzsche and his ideas. Also a number of entertaining anecdotes, especially involving his sister (villain #1) and Richard Wagner (villain #2) (which I won't spoil). The author makes the argument that Nietzsche's breakdown was not caused by Syphilis but by a fami...
  • Don
    Mar 28, 2019
    I found this book somewhat frustrating, as I'd been hoping for a deeper penetration of the philosopher's psyche. I don't know to what extent that this is even possible, but given Nietzsche's own very personal and emotional writings, I have a feeling Prideaux could gone deeper. ...
  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
    Jan 06, 2019
    I?m glad I broke my rule against biographies and read this book. I needed a context and continuity for properly understanding Nietzsche, and this biography gave it to me. I generally don?t like biographies because as Nietzsche said about thought since Socrates it?s just a collect...
  • Paltia
    May 02, 2019
    A mostly captivating biography of a widely misunderstood man. I am left with the impression of a solitary, lonely and confused soul wandering about, moving from place to place, in search of belonging and fleeing his oppressive mother and sister. There are brief intervals of reciprocity...
  • Joan
    Sep 27, 2018
    As someone who had only heard about Nietzsche this biography of him was very enlightening. Prideaux has done a good job of portraying the man and exploring his works. Her writing style makes the information on complex issues very readable. I had no idea that Nietzsche's father went ...
  • Deb Lancaster
    Mar 23, 2019
    One of the best, most enjoyable, fascinating and well written books I've read in years. Firmly rescues Nietzsche from any of the the ridiculous assertions of Nazi sympathising, provides accessible synopses of his works, puts his writing into the context of his personal life and eviscer...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 03, 2019
    The author explains the origins of Zarathustra.... Why did Nietzsche choose Zarathustra? Zarathustra, also called Zoroaster, was a Persian prophet who probably lived some time between the twelfth and sixth centuries before Christ. Zarathustra presented a key to the problem of evil t...
  • Plamen Miltenoff
    Oct 07, 2018
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/201... Misappropriation has been rife. Richard Spencer, a leader of America?s ?alt-right?, claims to have been ?red-pilled by Nietzsche?, while Jordan Peterson quotes extensively from him. But let?s start with the Nazis. Growing up in Bi...
  • Ashley Adams
    Nov 26, 2018
    The new biography on Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux is fabulously readable! Concise and entertaining. ...
  • Usman  Baig
    May 10, 2019
    A fascinating portrayal of the most controversial philosopher, this biography focuses primarily on Nietzsche?s life and relationships and does not delve too deeply into his philosophy. Still, the reader does get to know how various aspects of his life and experiences continuously sha...
  • Biblio Curious
    Sep 08, 2018
    A book like this needs to be composed like music. All the elements must be gently pulled in so the main themes can shine through. Prideaux accomplishes this with such great finesse. Essentially, this book has 3 main threads that she stays true to for the entire biography: *Chrono...
  • Domhnall
    Dec 04, 2018
    "One might reject science as faith; one might reject religious faith itself but still retain moral values. First, man must become himself. Secondly, amor fati; he must accept what life brings, avoiding the blind alleys of self-hatred and ressentiment. Then finally man can overcome hims...
  • Paul Ataua
    Nov 10, 2018
    A little too much life and too little thought for me, though, of course, one should expect that to be the core of a biography. The life part never seemed to get close enough to him, and the thought was just too far away. That he was taken to a brothel and played piano there, that he pr...
  • James Earle
    Jan 01, 2019
    Like many, I remember having a very undisciplined fascination with Nietzche during my early undergraduate years that functionally manifested itself in my picking up Thus Spake Zarathustra or Beyond Good and Evil from time to time, reading for an hour or two, and then thinking of myself...
  • Dec Lloyd
    Nov 14, 2018
    Such a great break away from all of the other heaps and heaps of presumptuous overly academic biographies out there that assume to know everything about Nietzsche and every aspect of his philosopy. This is a reverent, gripping, rollicking bio, written beautifully, and I learned so many...
  • Mimi
    Apr 15, 2019
    My first Nietzsche encounters were anthropological rather than philosophical, observing his talismanic function among adolescents ? mostly male ? keen to signal an iconoclastic yet intellectual clout through an artful arrangement of mangled Penguin paperback Nietzsches, strategical...
  • Marks54
    Nov 11, 2018
    I had not read a full biography of Nietzsche before. I had tried to work through some of his major works in college and knew of the odd course that his writings had taken after his death, but lack any sense of a life trajectory. That always struck me as odd for a philosopher/essayist w...