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The Icarus syndrome - Peter Beinart

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Title
The Icarus syndrome - a history of American hubris
Author
Peter Beinart
format
Hardback
Publisher
Harper
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100615

In The Icarus Syndrome, Peter Beinart tells a tale as old as the Greeks?a story about the seductions of success. In dazzling color, he portrays three extraordinary generations:The Progressives who took America into World War I, led by Woodrow Wilson, the lonely preacher's son who for a moment became the closest thing to a political messiah the world has ever seen. The Camelot intellectuals who led America into Vietnam?men like General Maxwell Taylor, who quoted Thucydides in the original Greek, and Lyndon Johnson, who awoke screaming at the terror of being thought weak. Finally, George W. Bush and the post-cold war conservatives, who believed they could bludgeon the Middle East and liberate it at the same time. In each case, like Icarus, these leaders crafted

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Type
BOOK
Edition
1st Edition
Keyword Index
Icarus (Greek mythology)|National characteristics, American.|Pride and vanity - Political aspects - United States.|Ambition - Political aspects - United States.|Tragedy - Political aspects - United States.|United States - Foreign relations.|United States - Military policy.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
496

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