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“A remarkable introduction to one of the few people who actually liked being called a neoconservative…. The Neoconservative Persuasion merits celebration…. [A] wonderful book.” —James Q. Wilson, Wall Street Journal
 
“Kristol’s vigorous prose and trenchant arguments can be read with pleasure and profit by readers of all political stripes.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Readers new to Kristol will find this an excellent introduction to a forceful, provocative, and witty writer.  Even if they seldom agree with what they read, they’ll likely enjoy him more than they may admit.” —Library Journal
 
“A sparkling collection of [Kristol’s] essays.  In a climate of cultural conformism…this Jewish intellectual, as independent-minded as they come, gave American Jews the best guidelines for becoming at once fully mature citizens of their country and fully mature representatives of their people.” —Jewish Ideas Daily

About the Author

Irving Kristol, the founder and editor of the Public Interest, was also a regular contributor for three decades to the Wall Street Journal. He was the author of Two Cheers for Capitalism, On the Democratic Idea in America, Reflections of a Neoconservative, and Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465022235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465022236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bunyard on September 22, 2011
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This review covers the three editions of Irving Kristol's essays: (1) Kristol, Irving. Reflections of a neoconservative (1986); (2 Neo-conservatism: The autobiography of an idea / Irving Kristol (1999); and (3) The Neo-conservative Persuasion: Selected Essays. 1942-2009/Irving Kristol, ed. Gertrude Himmelfarb (2009). The essays were written from the late 1940s through the 1990s.

It's difficult to write a review that can convey the scope, depth, and power of wisdom contained in these collections of articles, but it would be more difficult to write a separate review for each collection. Duplication of the articles in more than one book is a problem. At least twelve of the essays are reprinted verbatim in their entirety in the "Reflections" and the "Autobiography of an idea" edited by Kristol. Half the essay, "The Right Stuff" is duplicated word for word in Himmelfarb's collection as well as the complete "An Autobiographical Memoir" which is reprinted from Kristol's "Autobiography of an idea". The three volumes total 118 essays and 1,100 pages

These articles were originally written for "think" magazines (Encounter, Commentary, The National Interest et al) which Kristol edited or co-edited with prominent public intellectuals such as Daniel Bell. Kristol also appeared in many symposiums, gave many interviews and lectures, and was Professor of Social Thought at New York University. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fellow emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. This is but a small sample of his prestigious affiliations and honors. He died aged 89 on Sept. 18, 2009 from complications of lung cancer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clifton B. Chadwick on September 21, 2011
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This collection of essays by Kristol is a marvelous demonstration of very serious thinking about fundamental issues in modern life and about conceptions of the roles of individuals and government.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allen B. Reeves on July 10, 2013
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This is a book comprised of an accumulation of some (most) of the best writings of Irving Crystal some boring, some inciteful, some intriguing. Its an interesting read if you are into Irving Crystal, however, I am not, and I have had a difficult time trying to finish it. You will to unless you have some burning desire to realize some in depth think pieces on previous people and events, for which he writes. HIs author style is a bit laborious at times, and his change of political views over time is interesting but not challenging intellectually.
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