Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

By Russell Kirk
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6.12 Hours 01/01/1994 unabridged
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In this, the liveliest and most accessible one-volume life of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk has ingeniously combined the public and the private man into a living whole. He lucidly unfolds Burke’s philosophy and offers a fresh assessment of Burke, a statesman enjoying even greater influence today than in his own time. Kirk defines four great struggles in the life of Burke: his work for conciliation 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.” In each of these great phases of his public life, Burke fought with passionate eloquence and relentless logic for his ideals of justice, ideals that continue to appeal today.

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In this, the liveliest and most accessible one-volume life of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk has ingeniously combined the public and the private man into a living whole. He lucidly unfolds Burke’s philosophy and offers a fresh assessment of Burke, a statesman enjoying even greater influence today than in his own time.

Kirk defines four great struggles in the life of Burke: his work for conciliation 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.” In each of these great phases of his public life, Burke fought with passionate eloquence and relentless logic for his ideals of justice, ideals that continue to appeal today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” National Review
“This is the liveliest and most accessible one-volume biography of Edmund Burke.” Midwest Book Review
“The book serves as a good short introduction to Burke’s life and throught.” Library Journal
“A clear and succinct guide to one of the great conservative thinkers of modern times…There is no finer monument to Burke than this book by his most original American disciple.” Roger Scruton, author, The Meaning of Conservatism

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Author Bio: Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk (1918–1994), historian of ideas, critic, essayist, editor, and novelist, was the author of thirty-two books. Among them are The Roots of American Order, The Politics of Prudence, Enemies of the Permanent Things, and six works of fiction. He received twelve honorary doctorates from American universities and many awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English