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By Richard H. King

German-Jewish political thinker Hannah Arendt (1906–75) fled from the Nazis to long island in 1941, and through the following thirty years in the US she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, akin to The Human , The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, although a considerable part of her oeuvre was once written in the USA, no longer Europe, not anyone has without delay thought of the impression of the USA on her thought—until now. In Arendt and America, historian Richard H. King argues that whereas all of Arendt’s paintings was once haunted via her adventure of totalitarianism, it was once merely in her followed fatherland that she was once in a position to formulate the belief of the fashionable republic as a substitute to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social historical past, King finds how Arendt constructed a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American pals and associates, akin to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and indicates how her vigorous correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend glossy American tradition and society. within the final component of Arendt and America, King units out the context during which the Eichmann controversy happened and follows the controversy approximately “the banality of evil” that has persisted ever due to the fact.  As King exhibits, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, was once formed via postwar American idea, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights circulation and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the U.S. was once even more than a shelter from Nazi Germany; it was once a stimulus to reconsider the political, moral, and ancient traditions of human tradition. This authoritative blend of highbrow historical past and biography deals a distinct method for considering the effect of the US on Arendt’s rules and likewise the impact of her principles on American thought.

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