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Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

by Russell Kirk

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Russell Kirk’s sympathetic and admiring – but never sycophantic – intellectual biography of the great Edmund Burke is a joy to read. Kirk sketches out the salient details of Burke’s life, but concentrates on Burke’s work in his greatest intellectual and political campaigns: the question of independence for the American colonies; the conduct of the British colonial regime in India; the quest for Irish self-rule; and of course the French Revolution.

Kirk succeeds admirably in his stated aim, i.e. buttressing Burke’s reputation not just as a prominent voice in his time and circumstances, but as one of the great geniuses of political thought. My only complaint is that I wished this book longer; I particularly would have enjoyed more depth in Kirk’s review of Burke’s work on the French Revolution. ( )
  mrtall | Jan 5, 2009 |
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