Jean-Jacques Rousseau - philosopher, novelist, composer, educationist, political provocateur - was on the run. He was fleeing intolerance, persecution, and enemies who proclaimed him a madman, dangerous to society. David Hume, the foremost philosopher in the English language, universally praised as a model of decency, came to his aid. He bought Rousseau and his beloved little dog Sultan to England. And then it all went horribly wrong.
In Rousseau's Dog, David Edmonds and John Eidinow bring their narrative verve to the bitter quarrel that turned these two Enlightenment giants into mortal foes. The result is a story of celebrity and its price, of shameless spin, of destroyed reputations and shattered friendships. It is a story of two men whose writings would forever shape our world, but whose personalities and ideas could scarcely have had less in common. And it is a very human story of compassion, treachery, anger and revenge.
David Edmonds is, and John Eidinow was, an award-winning journalist with the BBC. Their hugely acclaimed debut book, Wittgenstein's Poker: the story of a ten-minute argument between two great philosophers, has been published in eighteen languages and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.