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Publisher's Summary

For more than two centuries, our political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the Left-Right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the roots of our political order, Levin shows that American partisanship originated in the debates over the French Revolution, fueled by the fiery rhetoric of these ideological titans.
Levin masterfully shows how Burke's and Paine's differing views, a reforming conservatism and a restoring progressivism, continue to shape our current political discourse - on issues ranging from abortion to welfare, education, economics, and beyond. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Washington's often acrimonious rifts, The Great Debate offers a profound examination of what conservatism, liberalism, and the debate between them truly amount to.
©2013 Yuval Levin (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By David Olson on 06-10-16

Makes one rethink contemporary Right and Left

Amazing book! I did not truly understand Burkean conservatism before this. To have it contrasted with Paine's radical enlightens theory was very illuminating. This book has affected my considered opinions on right, left, and the proper approach to politics. Highly recommended to anyone thinking seriously about these issues.

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By Justin on 04-19-17

Repetitive

Overall an interesting topic and worth the listen, but the book does tend to repeat itself many times.

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By Gareth on 02-02-17

interesting and informative

a little repetitive, but very interesting. narrator not brilliant, but passable. latter chapters could have been longer

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