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Arendt, Hannah.

Crises of the Republic.


Arendt, Hannah. Crises of the Republic. New York: Harcourt Brace, (1972).
8vo.; red cloth; white dust-jacket with author's photograph on rear.
First edition of this collection of four essays penetrating the primary "challenges to the republic" that the United States government had met with over the preceding decade: "Lying in Politics: Reflections on the Pentagon Papers"; "Civil Disobedience"; "Thoughts on Politics and Revolution"; "On Violence." The first three had originally run in either The New Yorker or The New York Review Of Books; the final essay had been published in book form in 1970, expanded from its original periodical appearance. A presentation copy, inscribed to Dwight Macdonald: In friendship Hannah. With Macdonald's ownership signature.
The dust-jacket analysis offers a thumbnail sketch of each essay:
"Lying in Politics"[is] a penetrating analysis of the Pentagon papers that deals with the relation between the role of image-making and public relations in politics, and the defactualized world of Washington's analysts, advisers, and decision-makers. "Civil Disobedience" examines the various opposition movements from the Freedom Riders to the war resisters and the segregationists. "Thoughts on Politics and Revolution," cast in the form of an interview, contains a commentary to the author's theses in "On Violence."

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