The Irony of American History

By Reinhold Niebuhr


“[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 t…


Published date: January 1, 1952
Type: Books
Genre: History, Nonfiction, Politics

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@MaesterRAM @seanwilentz @BillKristol @KristolConvos Return of History is an interesting little book. Much more information than you’d expect of such a small volume, which also could be said for Irony of American History. I’d add Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited to that list too.