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The Icarus syndrome : a history of American hubris

Author: Peter Beinart; Council on Foreign Relations.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A century of unwise American military adventures is probed in this perceptive study of foreign policy over-reach from Woodrow Wilson's "hubris of reason" to George W. Bush's "hubris of dominance." In each case, Beinart finds a dangerous confluence of misleading experience and untethered ideology.
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Named Person: Icarus, (Greek mythological character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Beinart; Council on Foreign Relations.
ISBN: 9780061456466 0061456462
OCLC Number: 456179885
Notes: "A Council on Foreign Relations book."
"Published in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 482 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The hubris of reason --
A scientific peace --
The frightening dwarf --
Twice-born --
I didn't say it was good --
pt. 2. The hubris of toughness --
The murder of sheep --
The problem with men --
Saving Sarkhan --
Things are in the saddle --
Liberation --
The scold --
Fighting with rabbits --
If there is a bear? --
pt. 3. The hubris of dominance --
Nothing is consummated --
Fukuyama's escalator --
Fathers and sons --
Small ball --
The opportunity --
The romantic bully --
I'm delighted to see Mr. Bourne --
Conclusion: The beautiful lie.
Responsibility: Peter Beinart.

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A century of unwise American military adventures is probed in this perceptive study of foreign policy over-reach from Woodrow Wilson's "hubris of reason" to George W. Bush's "hubris of dominance." In each case, Beinart finds a dangerous confluence of misleading experience and untethered ideology.

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