Books: The Delusion of Perfection

THE FUTURE OF GERMANY by Karl Jaspers. 173 pages. University of Chicago Press. $4.95.

Philosopher Karl Jaspers, 85, is a ghost at the German banquet who knows just how to haunt complacent fellow countrymen. Ever since the end of World War II, he has been relentlessly reminding his people that guilt belongs not only to Hitler but to the Germans who supported and obeyed him. Six years ago, he brought down Wagnerian thunder on his head by advising Germans to give up their favorite dream, reunification. Now in this slim, blunt: volumeĀ—a bestseller in...

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