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Jonathan RauchThroughout, Wolfe's overarching theme is as unpopular as it is important: doing politics, or doing it well, means giving the Devil his due. It means compromising on matters of principle when the alternatives are worse, and substituting reality checks for morality plays. It means remembering that bills of indictment and denunciations of appeasement and other forms of grandstanding often do more harm than good. In his concluding pages, Wolfe takes pains to distance himself from the "cynical" realism of "Kissinger and his epigones," but he goes on to say "ethical realism can work"…Whatever you label Wolfe's argument in Political Evil, it is timely, valuable and refreshingly adult.
—The New York Times Book Review