The Irony of American History Reinhold Neibuhr

ISBN: 9780684176024

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The Irony of American History  by  Reinhold Neibuhr

The Irony of American History by Reinhold Neibuhr
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“[O]ne of my favorite philosophers. I take away the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, & hardship & pain. & we should be humble & modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as anMore“[O]ne of my favorite philosophers.

I take away the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, & hardship & pain. & we should be humble & modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism & inaction. I take away...the sense we have to make these efforts knowing they are hard.”--Barack ObamaForged 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. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton & John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals & political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency & a warning against the arrogance of virtue.

Impassioned, eloquent & deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s wisdom will cause readers to rethink their assumptions about right & wrong, war & peace.“The supreme American theologian of the 20th century.”--Arthur Schlesinger Jr, NY 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 & delusions that underpin American statecraft...The most important book ever written on US foreign policy.”--Andrew J.

BacevichPrefaceThe ironic element in the American situationThe innocent nation in an innocent worldHappiness, prosperity and virtueThe master of destinyThe triumph of experience over dogmaThe international class struggleThe American futureThe significance of irony



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