The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

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by Peter Beinart
     
 

“Why do we succumb to hubris? Peter Beinart has written a highly intelligent and wonderfully readable book that answers the question by looking at a century of American foreign policy. As with everything Beinart writes, it is lucid, thoughtful and strikingly honest.” — Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

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“Why do we succumb to hubris? Peter Beinart has written a highly intelligent and wonderfully readable book that answers the question by looking at a century of American foreign policy. As with everything Beinart writes, it is lucid, thoughtful and strikingly honest.” — Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

“Peter Beinart has written a vivid, empathetic, and convincing history of the men and ideas that have shaped the ambitions of American foreign policy during the last century—a story in which human fallibility and idealism flow together. The story continues, of course, and so his book is not only timely; it is indispensible.” — Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars

Peter Beinart, one of the nation’s leading political writers, offers a provocative and strikingly original account of American hubris throughout history—and how we learn from the tragedies that result.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061456466
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the senior political writer for The Daily Beast and a contributor to Time. Beinart is a former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of The Good Fight. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Hubris of Reason

Chapter 1 A Scientific Peace 15

Chapter 2 The Frightening Dwarf 39

Chapter 3 Twice-Born 60

Chapter 4 I Didn't Say It Was Good 83

Part II The Hubris of Toughness

Chapter 5 The Murder of Sheep 109

Chapter 6 The Problem with Men 126

Chapter 7 Saving Sarkhan 141

Chapter 8 Things Are in the Saddle 161

Chapter 9 Liberation 172

Chapter 10 The Scold 188

Chapter 11 Fighting with Rabbits 204

Chapter 12 If There Is a Bear? 218

Part III The Hubris of Dominance

Chapter 13 Nothing Is Consummated 243

Chapter 14 Fukuyama's Escalator 265

Chapter 15 Fathers and Sons 293

Chapter 16 Small Ball 312

Chapter 17 The Opportunity 327

Chapter 18 The Romantic Bully 337

Chapter 19 I'm Delighted to See Mr. Bourne 357

Conclusion The Beautiful Lie 378

Acknowledgments 391

Notes 397

Index 467

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