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The book, however, is far more than a supremely eloquent piece of occasional writing. For Burke is without a doubt the foremost conservative British political thinker: in his support for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, in his skeptical belief in expediency and practical wisdom rather than abstract theorizing, in his defence of property, religion and traditional institutions. On all these topics Burke gave a definitive expression to a set of attitudes still at the heart of today's controversies. And yet Burke was no mere unthinking reactionary, a useful ally in Cold War propaganda; rather, as Conor Cruise O'Brien shows in his brilliant introduction, he was an Irishman with a good deal of sympathy for the ' revolutionary ' Catholic cause - a latent sympathy which, paradoxically, may explain some of the unparelleled power of his great work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385081900
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1969
  • Pages: 520

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Doesn't live up to its billing

    This is one of those books that always comes with the word "classic" attached to it, so I'm assuming that my "not getting it" has more to do with me than Mr. Burke. Nevertheless, how he can justify being so hell-bent against the French Revolution and at the same time so for the American Revolution escapes me. The French revolt against a sitting King was entirely unjustified according to Burke (although the English Revolution of a century earlier against a seating King was completely justified. Go figure.) Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man," written as a response to this book, makes a lot more sense, seems to have much more logical arguments, and doesn't read as nearly as dated as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is an easily navigable treatise on what a British statesman thought of what was happening in France during the French Revolution, in the form of letters written to an acquaintance in France. This was a wonderful read.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    An excellent essay!

    Burke offers very persuasive arguments against the events of the French Revolution. What history claims as the greatest revolution of all time, Burke portrays as a horrific perversion of social liberation, offering the reader a view from another perspective. This is definitely a must read!

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