- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (July 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070433062
- ISBN-13: 978-0070433069
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is heavy in history and philosophy as well as a more 'pure' political science; these are not disconnected subjects, and should not be treated as such. Morgenthau was one of the giants of international thought, having trained many (directly or through texts) of the last generation of political scientists, who rarely have a neutral opinion on Morgenthau. Very much an adherent of the Real Politick, and addresses the question of framework and theory at the beginning of the text:
Morgenthau, throughout this work, strives to work against the idea that international politics in particular, and politics more generally, can be derived simply from philosophical or abstract points, and must be grounded in the imperfect and very human dealings at hand. He outlines six principles which guide this political realism:
1. There are objective laws that govern politics, rooted in human nature.
2. The main force driving international politics is the concept of interest defined in terms of power.
3. This key concept is universally valid and objective, but does not have the same meaning fixed once and for all.
4. Political realism is aware of the moral significance of political action.
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Forget about Oprah, Dr. Phil, Maureen Dowd (even though she's always very sultry), Noam Chomsky, etc. Forget about Rush Limbaugh, the Christian Coalition, the lunatic professor in Colorado (whatever his name is). Most of all, forget about Tom Friedman (author/NYT columnist -- read my review on THE WORLD IS FLAT for my views on him).
Do you want to know HOW the world works in terms of international relations? Read this book.
Do you want to know WHY it works that way? Read this book.
The concepts and ideas in this book cover the fundamentals, but it doesn't just gloss over them... it covers them in detail and from all angles... and, by doing so, the reader will get a clearer and firmer understanding of current events, governmments' actions and non-actions, etc.
Why does this book continue to endure in value? Because it focuses on the fundamentals of action/non-action and the reasons "why." It is NOT about the flavor-of-the-month topic. It's a no-nonsense book and comes with serious analyses, thoughts, theories, conclusions and arguments.
I'd recommend this book to readers of all stripes, whether you're a pacifist, lunatic fringe, status quo conservative, environmentalist, obsessed with human or animal rights (or both), etc.
After you read this book, you'll never watch the news channels or read the paper the same way ever again.
The "old testament":
1- Politics Among Nations (Morgenthau)
2- On War (Clausewitz)
3- The Federalist Papers (Hamilton, Madison, Jay)
4- The Prince and The Discourses (Machiavelli)
5- The Twenty Years' Crisis (Carr)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Morgenthau is an essential foundation for anyone interested or occupied in international relations or national security. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by James E. Toth
International relations is always an interesting topic, never more so than in today's post-Cold War environment. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Kenneth B. Gilman
This is a well written, clear and sharp presentation of the philosophy of political realism in international relations. It is a classic in its field. Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by rae desmond jones
Well explained, well argued consensus on the realist point of view and why we must adopt such a view for our forgein policy.Published on March 24, 2011 by Mike Hartnett
When Hans Morgenthau's now-classic work first appeared in 1948, it put forth a "Realist" theory of international politics and quickly became the most influential book on the... Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by Eric Gartman
This is one of the fountainheads of the classic realist view of international politics. He disagrees with the idealist view of world politics, defined as (page 3) belief "that a... Read morePublished on June 16, 2007 by Steven Peterson
This book by Morgenthau is nevere olding classic. Even today it gives answers to many questions about what is going on among states. Read morePublished on March 10, 2006 by Zhuravleva Viktoria
I originally bought this book for a class that has nothing to do with my major field of study. Two semesters later, I still find myself quoting from it. Read morePublished on May 10, 2005 by Pseudonym