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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; University of Chicago Press Ed edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226583988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226583983
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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"

0; "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.1;2;Andrew J. Bacevich, from his new Foreword
-- Andrew J. Bacevich "the new Foreword"

0;[Niebuhr] is one of my favorite philosophers. I take away [from his works] the compelling idea that there7;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 shouldn7;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.1;2;Senator Barack Obama -- Barack Obama "New York Times"

0;The supreme American theologian of the twentieth century.1;2;Arthur Schlesinger Jr., "New York Times"
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-- Arthur Schlesinger Jr. "New York Times"

0;"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.1;2;Andrew J. Bacevich, from his new Foreword
-- Andrew J. Bacevich "the new Foreword"

0;Niebuhr is important for the left today precisely because he warned about America7;s tendency2;including the left7;s tendency2;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.1;2;Kevin Mattson, "The Good Society"
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-- 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 his new Foreword -- Andrew J. Bacevich "the new Foreword"

"It would be hard to think of another book from the 1950s that retains, nearly sixty years later, both its compulsive readability and so much of its relevance. The elegance, strength, and charm of Niebuhr''s writing invite quotation at every turn. . . . It is impossible to summarize a book so strong and yet so subtle, in which every word has meaning." -- Brian Urquhart "New York Review of Books" (03/26/2009)

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 his new Foreword -- Andrew J. Bacevich "the new Foreword"

"[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."--Barack Obama "New York Times "

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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.

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