Arendt and America - Richard H. King

King’s excellent study focuses on Arendt’s work from her 1941 arrival in the U.S. until her death in 1975. Writing in English, Arendt produced classics including On Revolution, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and Eichmann in Jerusalem; King covers the development, reception, and controversies surrounding these and other books, detailing as well Arendt’s fascination with the American Framers and her dismay at the country’s mass consumer society and preoccupation with image management. While he admires Arendt, he gives her critics a hearing and points out her missteps, such as her essay on Little Rock’s school desegregation. Like his subject, King is “a splitter not a lumper,” and his meticulous handling of complex ideas conveys the nuances of Arendt’s thinking.

Arendt and America By Richard H. King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226311494
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 20th, 2015