In This Review

In Defense of the National Interest
In Defense of the National Interest
By Hans J. Morgenthau
Knopf, 1951, 283 pp

Professor Morgenthau views American policy from the Realpolitik point of view. He is sharply critical of what he calls the utopian bent of American thinking on foreign affairs, i.e. the Wilsonian. He contends that "cold war" leads to no solution, that the United States now lacks the "overwhelming power" to force its views peacefully on the Soviets, and hence that war and a negotiated settlement are the only alternatives.