Edmund Burke

The Visionary Who Invented Modern Politics
Author(s): Jesse Norman
Original Publish Date: Nov 18, 2013
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Product Number: Z100088886
Released: Feb 02, 2015
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ISBN: #9781452697321
Narrator/s: Antony Ferguson
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Edmund Burke is both the greatest and the most underrated political thinker of the past three hundred years. A brilliant 18th-century Irish philosopher and statesman, Burke was a fierce champion of human rights and the Anglo-American constitutional tradition, and a lifelong campaigner against arbitrary power. Revered by great Americans including Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Burke has been almost forgotten in recent years. But as politician and political philosopher Jesse Norman argues in this penetrating biography, we cannot understand modern politics without him. As Norman reveals, Burke was often ahead of his time, anticipating the abolition of slavery and arguing for free markets, equality for Catholics in Ireland, and responsible government in India, among many other things. He was not always popular in his own lifetime, but his ideas about power, community, and civic virtue have endured long past his death. Indeed, Burke engaged with many of the same issues politicians face today, including the rise of ideological extremism, the loss of social cohesion, the dangers of the corporate state, and the effects of revolution on societies. He offers us now a compelling critique of liberal individualism, and a vision of society based not on a self-interested agreement among individuals, but rather on an enduring covenant between generations. Burke won admirers in the American colonies for recognizing their fierce spirit of liberty and for speaking out against British oppression, but his greatest triumph was seeing through the utopian aura of the French Revolution. In repudiating that revolution, Burke laid the basis for much of the robust conservative ideology that remains with us to this day: one that is adaptable and forward-thinking, but also mindful of the debt we owe to past generations and our duty to preserve and uphold the institutions we have inherited. He is the first conservative. A rich, accessible, and provocative biography, Edmund Burke describes Burke's life and achievements alongside his momentous legacy, showing how Burke's analytical mind and deep capacity for empathy made him such a vital thinker-both for his own age, and for ours.


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Edmund Burke
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Product Number:Z100088886

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Author(s): Jesse Norman
Narrator(s): Antony Ferguson
Product Number DD10664
Released: Oct 31, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452617329

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"This examination of statesman Edmund BurkeÕs life and times is expertly performed by Antony Ferguson. He maintains strong control of the pacing in this work, which describes BurkeÕs incredibly modern approaches to EnglandÕs problems in the eighteenth century. BurkeÕs opposition to the French Revolution and his empathy for the American Colonies were full of foresight. Listeners familiar with the events pummeling England at that time will appreciate FergusonÕs smooth renderings of BurkeÕs political thinking, which, if followed, would have changed the course of history. The authorÕs solid portrait of the man is skillfully drawn for the listener. FergusonÕs performance presents us with an exquisite picture of a man ahead of his time. E.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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