Books: Whose Arrogance?

THE ARROGANCE OF POWER by Senator J. William Fulbright. 264 pages. Random House. $4.95.

The war in Viet Nam presents some Americans with an unparalleled opportunity to indulge in a national habit: selfcriticism. In this expansion of three lectures delivered at Johns Hopkins, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright raises enough dire doubts about the American character to doom a dozen Romes.

"Power confuses itself with virtue," argues Fulbright. It "tends also to take itself for omnipotence." In its attempt to "spread the gospel of democracy," he suggests, the U.S. stands in...

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