The Irony of American History (Paperback)

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Examines Americas role in the world community in the light of our political history and moral responsibilities. *Author: Niebuhr, Reinhold/ Bacevich, Andrew J. (INT) *Publication Date: 2008/04/15 *Number of Pages: 174 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226583983
SKU 205820846
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226583988
Release Date 4/1/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.25T
Author Info
Reinhold Niebuhr
Reinhold Niebuhr has been called the "greatest Protestant theologian born in America since Jonathan Edwards" by "Time" magazine. He was born in Wright City, Missouri, the son of a minister. At an early age, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps, attending Eden Theological Seminary from 1910 to 1913. He then attended Yale University, where he received a B.D. and a master's degree. His first appointment as a pastor took him to Bethel Evangelical Church in Detroit, Michigan. In 1928, Niebuhr joined the faculty of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he taught Christianity, theology, and the philosophy of religion, lecturing both there and throughout the U.S. and Great Britain at prestigious universities. Niebuhr was socially and politically engaged throughout his life: he ran for Congress in New York in 1930, he made an urgent plea for the U.S.'s involvement against Germany during the Second World War, and wrote more than 1,000 articles for "Harper's", the "New Republic", the "Yale Review", and other publications. He gained both a Christian and secular following on account of his lifelong interest in the relationships between religion, human beings, and society, about which he frequently spoke, wrote, and taught. In 1931, Reinhold Neibuhr married a co-scholar and theologian, Ursula Mary Keppel-Compton, with whom he had two children.
"In this book the Professor of Applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary bridges the split not only in his followers but in his own ideas. On the surface, his book is merely one more survey of American history, though a fresh and convincing one. But on a profounder level it is a brilliant philosophical synthesis of his social conscience with his other-worldly conscience."
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Editors Note 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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