In Defense of the National Interest

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In Defense of the National Interest

By Hans J. Morgenthau
Knopf, 1951
283 pp. $3.50
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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.