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By Richard H. King

German-Jewish political thinker Hannah Arendt (1906–75) fled from the Nazis to big apple in 1941, and through the following thirty years in the US she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, equivalent to The Human , The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, even though a considerable element of her oeuvre used to be written in the USA, now not Europe, not anyone has at once thought of the impact of the US on her thought—until now. In Arendt and America, historian Richard H. King argues that whereas all of Arendt’s paintings used to be haunted by means of her event of totalitarianism, it was once simply in her followed place of origin that she was once capable of formulate the assumption of the fashionable republic instead to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social heritage, King finds how Arendt built a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American pals and associates, corresponding to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and exhibits how her vigorous correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend sleek American tradition and society. within the final component of Arendt and America, King units out the context during which the Eichmann controversy came about and follows the talk approximately “the banality of evil” that has persevered ever due to the fact.  As King indicates, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, was once formed by means of postwar American suggestion, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights circulate and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the U.S. used to be even more than a safe haven from Nazi Germany; it used to be a stimulus to reconsider the political, moral, and old traditions of human tradition. This authoritative blend of highbrow historical past and biography deals a distinct method for brooding about the effect of the United States on Arendt’s principles and in addition the impression of her principles on American thought.

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