"A fine study of conservative thought in politics, religion, philosophy and literature"
"Kirk tells his story of the conservative stream with the warmth that belongs to it. Even Americans who do not agree may feel the warmthand feel, perhaps, the wonder of conservative intuition and prophecy, speaking resonantly across the disappointing decades."
"Mr. Kirk has marshaled an impressive list of American and British conservative thinkers: men who are reacting against the collectivist universe on battlegrounds ranging from party politics to religion."
Frederick D. Wilhelmsen, Commonweal
"Prof. Kirk has succeeded remarkably well in distilling the essence from the voluminous writings of these men and in conveying the spirit of their thinking to his reader and a style that is never dull and often exciting."
John H. Hallowell, The Journal of Politics