Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics (Loa #263): Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic / Moral Man and Immoral Society / The Chi


Product Details

$42.50  $39.10
Library of America
Publish Date
5.1 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

REINHOLD NIEBUHR (1892-1971) began his career as a young pastor in Detroit. By 1928, when he moved to New York City to take a position at the Union Theological Seminary, he was a committed pacifist, and ran for Congress in 1932 as a Socialist. Breaking with his pacifist and socialist associates shortly after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, he articulated a realist political philosophy that aligned with his ever-evolving theology. Niebuhr's thinking has influenced American culture in profound ways, whether through the simple but powerful "Serenity Prayer" known to millions or via the influence of his writings on social and political figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama.

ELISABETH SIFTON, an editor and book publisher for forty years, is the author of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War. She lives in New York City and in Princeton, New Jersey.


"The indispensable Library of America, the most useful publishing venture in American letters, has produced an edition of Niebuhr's major works, annotated by Niebuhr's daughter, Elisabeth Sifton, a highly regarded editor and publisher. It belongs in the library of every student of U. S. foreign policy." --Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs

"Reading his work today, amid our own challenges of social inequality and imperial hubris, suggests we still need Niebuhr's insight as much as ever."--Adam Kirsch, The New York Review of Books

"A fine introduction to one of the 20th century's most influential intellectuals." --Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal