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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 listeners to rethink their assumptions about right and wrong, war and peace.
©2008 Reinhold Niebuhr; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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By Amazon Customer on 01-29-10

Superlative Book

Brilliant. Brilliant. And again I say brilliant. Scintillating insight. Gem-like clarity. Relentless unmasking of illusions. This book is said to be highly admired by President Obama; nevertheless, it is politically uncategorizable. In spite of its brevity, impossible to absorb in one listening/reading. Well read. New introduction.

Audible is to be applauded for making this book available. How about more by Niebuhr?

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By Jonathan B Goodman on 01-03-11

The "Peter Drucker" of Political Science

Niebuhr offers amazingly prescient insights highly relevant to today's world from his perch in 1950's America. Just one example: his analysis of the forces that might make a case for and warnings of the likely disastrous consequences of "preemptive war" are just eery with our contemporary back drop of foreign wars. His declarative style is reminiscent of the father of modern management thinking, Peter Drucker. Both thinkers see patterns and the seeds of emerging trends invisible to the rest of us.

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