The Irony of Virtue: Ethics and American Power


In this first-ever anthology of his most important work, Lefever takes a bold & lively march through the second half of the twentieth century. As an acute participant-observer who cares deeply about peace, freedom, & human dignity, Lefever became a neoconservative twenty years before Irving Kristol coined the term. For this volume, Lefever selected forty of his most influential essays from some 500 published pieces. They reveal his dramatic transformation from a liberal pacifist during World War II to a humane realist.

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