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The Irony of American History


Author Reinhold Niebuhr

Format Paperback

Publisher University Of Chicago Press

Category United States History

�[Niebuhr] is one of my favorite philosophers. I take away [from his works] the compelling idea that there�s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn�t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction. I take away . . . the sense we have to make these efforts knowing they are hard.��Senator Barack Obama Forged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of age as a world power, The Irony of American History is more relevant now than ever before. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr�s masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals and political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency and a warning against the arrogance of virtue. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr�s wisdom will cause readers to rethink their assumptions about right and wrong, war and peace. �The supreme American theologian of the twentieth century.��Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times�Niebuhr is important for the left today precisely because he warned about America�s tendency�including the left�s tendency�to do bad things in the name of idealism. His thought offers a much better understanding of where the Bush administration went wrong in Iraq.��Kevin Mattson, The Good Society �Irony provides the master key to understanding the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . The most important book ever written on US foreign policy.��Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction


Reinhold Niebuhr

Additional Info

  • Release Date: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780226583983
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