This one was one of those epiphany books for me, an absolute masterpiece on American foreign policy in the 20th century. It's essentially America's version of the pride cycle. We get fixated on one good idea, become extremely over-confident, and then crash and burn.
Niebuhr wouldn't easily fit into an ideological box in these politically charged days. Written in the early Cold War era, The Irony of American History includes a critique of Communism alongside a humbling reevaluation of our own favorite self-delusions in American liberalism.
Rating: 5/5 Goodreads blurb: Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most - the ones that people will kill and die for - are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged... Continue Reading →