I Am Dynamite! by Sue Prideaux

I Am Dynamite!

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 lingering association with nihilism and fascism? Where do we place a thinker who...

Details I Am Dynamite!

TitleI Am Dynamite!
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherTim Duggan Books
GenreBiography, Philosophy, Nonfiction

Reviews I Am Dynamite!

  • Joseph
    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 breakdown to his father's mental illness rather than syphilis. Nietzsche sister, Elizabeth, is also given an important role in the formation of his fallacious public...
  • Biblio Curious
    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: *Chronology of Nietzsche's Life, filled with colourful details.*An Intellectual History of his Philosophical Development, flooded with bookish details.*Historical Context as it ...
  • Erik Graff
    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-metaphysical, the classical religious and the modern secular ideals.As the Church has misappropriated Plato for its purposes, so much of the abuse of Friedrich Nie...
  • C. Quabela
    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 part of my own that whenever I revisit his works I find aphorisms that mirror my own dispositions in ways I never realized had sunk in. I feel, as do many who have b...
  • Kelsey
    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 wealth of information. Nietzsche was one of those figures that I knew most of the basics (i.e. "God is dead"), but not nearly enough. He was incredibly complicated an...
  • Osbert
    Sue Prideaux is a clever biographer. She describes how one of Nietzsche's classmates "cut up a photograph of him and made it into a puppet that said and did ridiculous things". The implication that the Nazis were not the only manipulators of Friedrich Nietzsche is subtle and well stated. Elisabeth, his sister, is cast as the evil controller and link to the National Socialists, her dead brother's words and ideas twisted for political purposes, an ...
  • Joan
    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 mad at age 35 and that Nietzsche feared the same for himself. Nietzsche did go mad at age 44 and remained so until his death twelve years later. I was surprised by the ...
  • Janine Brouillette
    This was a very interesting biography on a man who I had heard of, but did not know that much about. The writer describes Nietzsche’s early upbringing, the death of his father with “softening of the brain”, his complex relationship with his mother and sister, Elizabeth, which carried on until his final breakdown, stroke, and death. His sister, who had strong Nazi beliefs, and who was a friend of Hitler’s was the curator and editor of the ...