[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 ...
[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. President Barack ObamaForged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of ageas 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"
VG. Trade softcover in grey, white and blue wraps, 8vo. ix + 174p. VG. Very mild sunning to spine with no effect on titles; mild abrasion along edges. Central panels of wraps clean and strong. Binding tight and square with no reader's crease to spine; moderate uniform toning to clean, umarked pages; somewhat heavier toning to umarked page edges. Not ex-ib.
USED....Paperback, outside cover shows age related minimum too tolerable signs of use, binder is in acceptable to fair/good condition, Main Text and Pages of Main Text in good condition. No signs of water damages, Some signs of writing, Some signs of underlining, Some signs of markings, and with No signs of highlighting.
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