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Righteous Realists: Political Realism, Responsible Power, And American Culture In The Nuclear Age

Righteous Realists: Political Realism, Responsible Power, And American Culture In The Nuclear Age
By Joel H. Rosenthal
191 pp, Louisiana State University Press, 1991
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By tracing the intellectual biographies of Reinhold Niebuhr, Walter Lippmann, Hans Morgenthau, George Kennan and Dean Acheson, the author uncovers the solid moral foundations beneath the ideas of five men of influence popularly identified with the celebration of power as the central element of international relations. All five modified their thinking in response to the existence of nuclear weapons. A clear, beautifully written book.