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on February 16, 2016
Anyone interested in the history of the conservative movement should read at least one of Kirk's books, and this perhaps is his best.. You might want to have a bit of a political philosophy background though. Also, remember that he first wrote this in the 1950's so be prepared for the rhetoric and conventions of the time period.
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on December 26, 2013
"Conservative" means much more than "against things" and might be better thought of in "don't fix what ain't broke". There is a natural process to change but change in the name of progress without considering the traditions and prescriptions (social habits) that have thus far sustained a functioning society will often lead to chaos instead of stability. A review of the thinking of Edmund Burke is as eye opening as it is accurate in it's prophetic concern for the fate of a society that, forgetting it's past and the lessons of history, presses on to unsustainable ideologies of equality and fraternity without any regard for life as it really is. God, or at least the concept of an ultimately correct and unchanging way of existence (The Good), is as necessary a part in the healthy functioning of society as is the faith and humility of those who rise up to lead it.
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on July 9, 2017
Kirk provides an overview of intellectual conservatism, as the book's subtitle reads, from "Burke to Eliot." Students of conservative thought would do well to enrich their understanding of the conservative tradition with the help of Kirk.
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on October 17, 2016
Best book on conservatism I have ever read. It is a demanding text, but well worth the effort.
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on December 26, 2016
I understand conservatism much better now. It's safe to say that this is probably the best book on conservative thought I've ever read. If every so-called conservative read this, we'd love in a different world
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on July 26, 2014
This book helped give rise to late 20th century conservativism. It's a must read for anybody who thinks he or she is a conservative (the term gets abused today today people who don't want to conserve anything) and for those who want to understand the movement. Requires some understanding of intellectual history to keep up.
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on January 8, 2017
One of the best books I have ever read in outlining what it means to be a conservative...
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on November 5, 2016
A clear summary of what conservative really means
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on November 18, 2009
First, regarding the Kindle edition: On the plus side, it is well formatted, with almost no typos and a linked table of contents (including links to the chapter sub-parts). Also a positive is that this is the last edition before Kirk's death. On the minus side, the source notes are not linked, and two or three of the substantive notes appear to be cut off in midstream (e.g., there's one in the discussion of Cardinal Newman that says, in effect, "here are some other relevant observations:" with nothing after the colon).

Regarding the book itself: It's easy to see why "The Conservative Mind" caused a stir when it first came out and why it's become a classic. To borrow Kirk's own term, it's an "extended essay" in intellectual history, dealing with a particular thread of thought running through Anglo-American history from the late eighteenth century to the 1980s, when the last edition appeared. By examining the works of numerous English and American (and one French) thinkers, some well known and some forgotten, Kirk offers a worldview significantly different from modern liberal conventional wisdom. I really can't improve upon what some of the other reviewers have said, particular Bibliophile (Dec. 14, 2008).

A great achievement. At a minimum, anyone with an interest in modern politics should read this book.
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on December 6, 2016
The base. Must read.
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