- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Isi Books; First Edition edition (March 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802807461
- ISBN-13: 978-0802807465
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,399,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Idealism Without Illusions/U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1990s Paperback – March, 1994
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"In the tradition of John Courtney Murray and Reinhold Niebuhr, George Weigel has become one of the outstanding social critics of our time. This book of his presents a vision of American foreign policy for the 1990s which would reconcile the imperatives of Realpolitik with the moral fervor of the American culture." --Eugene V. Rostow, National Defense University "George Weigel brings scholarship, spiritual values, and wit to the work of thinking about American foreign policy in the post-Cold War world America has helped to make. He points to difficult problems and shows the way toward intelligent solutions. Above all, he reminds us that ideas and values--including religious values--count and that American leadership can work to change the world for the better." --Michael Barone, Reader's Digest "This book is important for two reasons. First, it offers unusually well-informed and astute commentaries on the contemporary international situation. It also serves as a brilliant example of careful moral reasoning at work." --Peter L. Berger, Boston University "Anytime George Weigel speaks, I listen. One of the keenest contemporary thinkers, he has penetrated to the heart of the issues involving America's role in the world." --Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a fairly quick read at 236 pages, but there's a lot packed into it.
Part One (pp. 1-59) examines the revolutions of 1989 and 1991 leading to the overthrow of Communism (both the reality of the Soviet Union and in the grand illusions held by liberal academics).
Part Two (pp. 50-125) examines the lessons we can learn from the Cold War; "beyond moralism and realpolitik, toward redefining "America's Purpose"; responding to the proposal of English historian Paul Johnson for a "new colonialism" with the help of a more forceful U.N. centered on the Security Council (favorable, with reservations) and the radical isolationism of Pat Buchanan (disagrees).
I found Part Three (pp. 143-213) to be the most fascinating in light of recent events -- for here Weigel examines "just war after the Gulf War, touching on Saddam Hussein's continued quest for nuclear capability and the limits of
national sovereignty with relation to pre-emptive strikes against despotic and aggressive regimes (such as Iraq) which pose a threat to international peace and order).
Also addressed in the third section is the justification for and reasonable constraints on U.S.Read more ›