- The First Conservative
- Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
- Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-18-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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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. 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.
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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By Luke G. Shook on 03-13-15
More about what Burke thought than about his life
If you could sum up Edmund Burke in three words, what would they be?
Smart, detailed, relevant
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Perhaps more about Burke's personal life, about his wife, etc. We get little in this regard in exchange for a detailed look at his career.
What does Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The British accent helps, since Burke was British. His reading is done well and is enthusiastic.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
His prediction about how the French Revolution would turn out, which was almost exactly correct except for a couple of small details.
Any additional comments?
If you want to understand Burke's positions on government, revolution and the civil society, this will satisfy you. If you're looking for a life story about Burke where you get to know the man personally, this is not to be expected. It is a good book and I have no regrets.
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By Danny on 12-11-16
very relevant today.
Liberal politicians are inclined to think that their ideas are self evidently right and that logic should make this clear to all people who want to see fairness. But Burke and Trump both understood that good people's emotions play a huge roll in what feels fair.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful