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Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Kirk ingeniously combines four great struggles in the life of renowned 18th-century British statesman Edmund Burke. 6 cassettes.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 17th 2009 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published 1967)
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More of a summary/overview of what others have written about Burke than a true biography, it left me wondering if I was getting Burke or Kirk.
Feb 03, 2017 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read a long time ago. Kirk is always good. Burke is the genuine small "c" conservative.
Lisa Tangen
Disjointed and difficult to follow. Enlightening nevertheless - found it interesting how Catholics were feared or hated or looked at with disdain and I've noticed the same in movies and other books since then. Commentary on French Revolution and jacobin also reinforced reading of Tale of Two Cities. This reinforces my pleasure in reading two or more different books from or about the same time period to give multi-dimensional points of view on life in those times.
Oct 30, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those individuals interested in Edmund Burke, this is a concise, well-written biography. However, what makes it even more interesting is the author, Russell Kirk, who is an important political philosopher in his own right.
I couldn't recommend this book to everyone, but for those interested in Burke, and his lasting impact on political philosophy, this book is worth your time.
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A very accessible overview of Edmund Burke's life, work, and the political ideas behind traditional conservatism.
Feb 17, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
Good biography and political genesis of the great Edmund Burke. A great read, as is everything by Russell Kirk.
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