By Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach
A full of life, intimate memoir that vividly recollects the idealism of the Kennedy administration.
As deputy lawyer normal lower than Bobby Kennedy after which legal professional common and less than secretary of country for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach bargains a special standpoint at the civil rights flow, Vietnam, and different problems with the day. during this attractive memoir, through turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we're taken care of to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's disagreement with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the combination of the college of Alabama, his efforts to lead the Civil Rights Act of 1964 via Congress, after which his transition to the country division, the place he served on the heart of the hurricane over Vietnam. within the political weather of this election season, a few of It used to be enjoyable offers a fresh reminder of the hopes and struggles of an past period, talking either to readers who got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties and to a iteration of youngsters trying to that interval for political suggestion. sixteen pages of pictures
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Gardner Murphy, Personality, p. 491. " But there may be an entity which cannot be isolated by scientific techniques. 9 THE IRONY OF AMERICAN HISTORY quently endanger the realities of his life. The mechanically contrived togetherness of our great urban centers is inimical to genuine community. For community is grounded in personal relations. In these the individual becomes most completely himself as his life enters organically into the lives of others. Thus our theory and our practice tend to stand in contradiction to our creed.
Communism is a vivid object lesson in the monstrous consequences of moral complacency about the relation of dubious means to supposedly good ends. The ironic nature of our conflict with communism sometimes centers in the relation of power to justice and virtue. The communists use power without scruple because they are under the illusion that their conception of an unambiguously ideal end justifies such use. Our own culture is schizophrenic upon the subject of power. Sometimes it pretends that a liberal society is a purely rational harmony of interests.
If we had not been, we would not have as much genuine community and tolerable justice as we have actuaUy attained. If the pre- 10 THE IRONIC SITUATION vailing ethos of a bourgeois culture also gave itself to dangerous illusions about the possibilities of managing the whole of man's historical destiny, we were fortunately and ironically saved from the evil consequences of this illusion by various factors in our culture. The illusion was partly negated by the contradictory one that human history would bear us onward and upward forever by forces inherent in it.