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  •  Picked up two new books this week (15+ / 0-)

    I noticed that Andrew Bacevich (BU Professor and retired Army colonel author of The Limits of Power) wrote a new introduction to Reinhold Niebuhr's classic The Irony of American History. This did not surprise me at all as Niebuhr was the most frequently quoted author in Bacevich's book, and I felt a need to support a Niebuhr revival as most of his books are out of print. I could think of nothing better than a widespread review of Niebuhr's progressive brilliance. Obama has listed him as an influence. I already had a copy, printed in the 50s, but I thought this was an effort to support with a purchase.

    Second, on recommendations from a few people I know, I picked up Trita Parsi's Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealing of Israel, Iran and the US. Still part way through, but his general thesis is that the conflict between Iran and Israel is geopolitical and not ideological, and that there are many more commonalities between the two countries than they currently wish to acknowledge. It is a book based on the author's personal interviews with major players from all three countries. It certainly deserves a serious look.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Fri May 22, 2009 at 03:41:54 AM PDT

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