New America Foundation fellow and Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart has received overwhelming attention recently for his controversial and vitally important piece on American Jews, Jewish organizations and Israel. But he is also the author of a new and wide-ranging book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.
In the book Beinart traces the belief that Americans can bring broad, sweeping change to the world through three conflicts where it hit a brick wall: World War One, Vietnam, and Iraq. But instead of focusing only on the limits of American power, Beinart also takes time to show how other American leaders have realized the failures of hubris, and deployed realistic policies to move America forward in the wake of struggles and setbacks.
Beinart will be presenting his book at the New America Foundation TODAY from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks will respond, and New America Foundation President Steve Coll will moderate the subsequent discussion. The event will livestream here at The Washington Note.
— Andrew Lebovich