America’s Supermanread Monday, January 2, 2012
Nietzsche has appealed to Americans on the right and left for over a century. They have looked past his dark reputation to remake the German philosopher in their own image
by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (University of Chicago Press, £19.50)
A famous moment in the career of George W Bush came in 1999, during an early debate in the Republican presidential primary. Asked to name his favourite political philosopher, Bush said “Jesus”—a tactically perfect answer that led to much copying by the other candidates.
Perhaps the question was not re
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