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The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

By Russell Kirk

Originally published: 1953

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Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind is one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American conservatism. Brilliant in every respect, from its conception to its choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism, The Conservative Mind launched the modern American Conservative Movement when it was first published in 1953 and has become an enduring classic of political thought.

The seventh revised edition features the complete text and an introduction by publisher Henry Regnery.

“It is inconceivable even to imagine, let alone hope for, a dominant conservative movement in America without Kirk’s labor.” — WILLIAM F BUCKLEY

“A profound critique of contemporary mass society, and a vivid and poetic image – not a program, an image – of how that society might better itself. [ The Conservative Mind ] is, in important respects, the twentieth century’s own version of the Reflections on the Revolution in France… [Kirk] was an artist, a vsionary, almost a prophet.”  – DAVID FRUM, author of Dead Right

“I have been one of your fans since the time many years ago when I read The Conservative Mind.” – RICHARD NIXON

“Dr. Russell Kirk’s impact on conservative thought and policy in America has been decisive. It was his writings, and in particular his seminal work, The Conservative Mind, that laid the foundation for many of the ideas that continue to shape public discourse and debate to this day.”– JOHN ENGLER, former Governer of Michigan

“Kirk is assured a place of prominence in the intellectual histories for helping to define the ethical basis of conservatism. He has tried to pull conservatism away from the utilitarian premises of libertarianism, toward which conservatism often veers, toward a philosophy rooted in ethics and culture.” – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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