Robert Kaplan: The Tragic Mind

The Book Club | 8 February 2023 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Kaplan about his book The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate and the Burden of Power. Argues that Greek tragedy has important lessons about how to navigate the 21st century. Reflects on how the book arose from his remorse at having influenced the Bush administration with his support for the Iraq War; why it still makes sense to think about ‘fate’ in a world without gods; and why George H W Bush was a paragon of the tragic mindset while his son George W Bush was a tragic hero.

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