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Realist Thought From Weber To Kissinger

Realist Thought From Weber To Kissinger

By Michael Joseph Smith

Louisiana State University Press, 1987, 256 pp.

The subjects of this graceful, informative book are Max Weber (hitherto neglected in terms of his thinking about international relations), E. H. Carr, Reinhold Niebuhr, Hans Morgenthau, George Kennan and Henry Kissinger. Although these figures have all been widely read and often analyzed, Mr. Smith has written a fresh delineation of their differences and similarities while presenting a balanced criticism of the strengths and weaknesses of "realism" itself. The greatest difficulty for all "realists" has been in defining the "national interest" whose preservation, they all agree, must be the goal of foreign policy.