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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 USA she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, comparable to The Human , The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, although a considerable component to her oeuvre used to be written in the USA, now not Europe, not anyone has at once thought of the impact of the United States on her thought—until now. In Arendt and America, historian Richard H. King argues that whereas all of Arendt’s paintings was once haunted through her adventure of totalitarianism, it used to be in simple terms in her followed place of birth that she used to be in a position to formulate the assumption of the trendy republic instead to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social heritage, King unearths how Arendt constructed a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American acquaintances and co-workers, corresponding to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and indicates how her energetic correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend smooth American tradition and society. within the final element of Arendt and America, King units out the context during which the Eichmann controversy happened and follows the talk approximately “the banality of evil” that has endured ever seeing that.  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 stream and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the USA used to be even more than a safe haven from Nazi Germany; it was once 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 process for pondering the impression of the USA on Arendt’s rules and likewise the impression of her principles on American thought.

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