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Edmund Burke Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Edmund Burke, by Russell Kirk
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.41 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Kirk Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by ♪ Kim | 12/10/2009

    " A very accessible overview of Edmund Burke's life, work, and the political ideas behind traditional conservatism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Al | 8/20/2006

    " Good biography and political genesis of the great Edmund Burke. A great read, as is everything by Russell Kirk. "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.