The Irony of American History

Reinhold Niebuhr


“[Niebuhr] is considered one of my favourite philosophers. I remove [from his works] the compelling concept that there’s severe evil on this planet, and complication and ache. And we must always be humble and modest in our trust we will cast off these issues. yet we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inactivity. I remove . . . the feel we need to make those efforts figuring out they're hard.”—President Barack Obama
 
Forged through the tumultuous yet effective postwar years while the US got here of age as an international energy, The Irony of yankee History is extra proper now than ever earlier than. pointed out by way of politicians as diversified as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece at the incongruity among own beliefs and political fact is either an indictment of yank ethical complacency and a caution opposed to the confidence of advantage. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s knowledge will reason readers to reconsider their assumptions approximately correct and improper, battle and peace.
 “The perfect American theologian of the 20 th century.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times
“Niebuhr is critical for the left this present day accurately simply because he warned approximately America’s tendency—including the left’s tendency—to do undesirable issues within the identify of idealism. His concept deals a more robust figuring out of the place the Bush management went mistaken in Iraq.”—Kevin Mattson, The stable Society
 
Irony offers the grasp key to figuring out the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . crucial ebook ever written on US overseas policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction

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