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Russell Kirk was a leading figure in the post-World War II revival of American interest in Edmund Burke. Today, no one who takes seriously the problems of society dares remain indifferent to "the first conservative of our time of troubles." In Russell Kirk's words: "Burke's ideas interest anyone nowadays, including men bitterly dissenting from his conclusions. If conservatives would know what they defend, Burke is their touchstone; and if radicals wish to test the temper of their opposition, they should turn to Burke." Kirk unfolds Burke's philosophy, showing how it revealed itself in concrete historical situations during the eighteenth century and how Burke, through his philosophy, "speaks to our age. "This volume makes vivid the four great struggles in the life of Burke: his efforts to reconcile England with the American colonies; his involvement in cutting down the domestic power of George III; his prosecution of Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of India; and his resistance to Jacobinism, the French Revolution's "armed doctrine."

Kirk ingeniously combines four great struggles in the life of renowned 18th-century British statesman Edmund Burke. 6 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

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With a forward by Roger Scruton, this detailed biography presents the life and time of Edmund Burke in eleven lengthy chapters, including an epilogue about why he is studied. Born in Dublin in 1729, Burke spent most of his career in England as a conservative statesman and philosopher. An index, notes, biographical notes and a timeline are included. 1977, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $24.95. Ages 16 up. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan
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"If you are not a Burke scholar…Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered must be read first."
The World & I

"This is the liveliest and most accessible one-volume biography of Edmund Burke."
The Bookwatch

“Kirk’s scholarship is wide-ranging . . . and of course he brings to bear his close knowledge of the vast array of modern Burke scholarship. [His] . . . book is both elegant and eloquent, and it helps to fill a real need. ”
Jeffrey Hart, National Review

“[T]he book serves as a good short introduction to Burke’s life and throught.”
Library Journal

“No one knows more about Burke or writes of him with as much authority as did Russell Kirk.”
M.D. Aeschliman, The Wanderer

Edmund Burke is the very book for the non-specialist and the very book that no specialist will want to be without. It is at once a general introduction to the essence of Burke’s thought and a major reassessment of Burke in the light of the vast body of scholarship now available on him.”
G.B. Tennyson, University Bookman

“Only a man of Kirk’s provenance and ambiance would have been appropriate for the job—to reassert, by way of Burke, ‘the natural law tradition [against] the positivism, nominalism and scientific materialism of modern liberal thought,’ as Carl Cone has put it.”
C.P. Ives, Modern Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882926176
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 285
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kirk was one of this century's foremost men of letters. He was the founder of the conservative quarterlies Modern Age and The University Bookman. The Conservative Mind, Edmund Burke, The Roots of American Order, Enemies of the Permanent Things, and Eliot and His Age  are among his over thirty books.
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Table of Contents

Prefatory Note
Selected Events in the Life of Edmund Burke
How Dead Is Burke? 1
From Letters to Politics 18
Conciliation and Prudence 41
Reforming Party and Government 66
India and Justice 97
The Verge of the Abyss 123
A Revolution of Theoretic Dogma 145
The Defense of Civilization 169
Never Succumb to the Enemy 192
Epilogue: Why Edmund Burke Is Studied 213
Appendices 230
Bibliographical Note 248
Notes 254
Index 267
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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Must Read

    This book is a must read for anyone interested in: the American Revolution; the evolution of political parties; conservative and/or liberal philosophies. The book takes pivotal events during Burke's career, such as the American and French Revolutions, the Irish penal laws, the trial of Warren Harding - and maps them back to Burke's core philosophies. Burke was an adamant supporter of the ideals behind our declaration of independence from England. Think Burke supported the storming of the Bastille and le droits d'hommes. Au contraire Jacobin-breath! The downside of this book is that it will make you want to read the actual Burke essays. Which BTW are also for sale at B&N.

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