The Conservative Sensibility

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Author(s): George F. Will
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jun 04, 2019
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Audio (24.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100148058
Released: Jun 04, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781549125546
Narrator/s: Peter Ganim
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, a monumental new reflection on American conservatism, examining how the Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition--one that now finds itself under threat, both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party. For more than four decades, George F. Will has attempted to discern the principles of the Western political tradition and apply them to America's civic life. Today, the stakes could hardly be higher. Vital questions about the nature of man, of rights, of equality, of majority rule are bubbling just beneath the surface of daily events in America. The Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom, and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity. Now, as Will shows, America has become an administrative state, just as destructive trends have overtaken family life and higher education. Semi-autonomous executive agencies wield essentially unaccountable power. Congress has failed in its duty to exercise its legislative powers. And the executive branch has slipped the Constitution's leash. In the intellectual battle between the vision of Founding Fathers like James Madison, who advanced the notion of natural rights that pre-exist government, and the progressivism first advanced by Woodrow Wilson, the Founders have been losing. It's time to reverse America's political fortunes. Expansive, intellectually thrilling, and written with the erudite wit that has made Will beloved by millions of readers, The Conservative Sensibility is an extraordinary new book from one of America's most celebrated political writers.

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Author(s): George F. Will
Narrator(s): Peter Ganim
Product Number DD44825
Released: Jun 04, 2019
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Publisher: Hachette Audio
ISBN: #9781549148682
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Author(s): George F. Will
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Released: Jun 04, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: #9780316480895

Professional reviews

"Narrator Peter Ganim's deeply resonant voice is a wonderful instrument for the pitch and pacing patterns that make this audiobook so effective. Masculine but not overbearing, his vocal confidence makes listening an uplifting experience and is a good fit for the likable rectitude of author George Will. This is philosophical writing by a political science professor, so you'll hear about abstract concepts such as natural rights and human virtue. But Will brings them down to earth by showing how these ideas play out in the policy debates that divide conservatives and progressives today. For example, Will believes central legislative action will not remedy the degrading effect of single-parent families and institutional decline without robbing people of their dignity. Ganim's vocal humanity makes Will's limited government views sound inviting. T.W. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"