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    Russell Kirk(Author)

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Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was an active participant in the intellectual, social, and political contests of our era. This memoir, written dispassionately in the third person, is a lively account of the literary and political controversies of more than half a century.

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  • PDF | 497 pages
  • Russell Kirk(Author)
  • ISI Conservative Classics; 1st edition (June 28, 2002)
  • English
  • 3
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Gigi on November 15, 2015

    Very nice.

  • By ROBERT MOYNIHAN on June 6, 2013

    I consider Russell Kirk (1918-1994)one of my favorite commentators on 20th century western civilization. From his groundbreaking analysis of conservatism in "The Conservative Mind" to his many insightful and thought-provoking observations in literature and politics, Kirk wields his sword of imagination in the manner of Henry Adams a century earlier. This brilliant writer, essayist, lecturer, and family man after his marriage and conversion to Catholicism at age 46 presents himself in the third person, exposes the "enemies of the permanent things", leaves us a message of hope to "redeem the time" with a moral imagination and fidelity to the workings of Divine grace.

  • By James J. Bauers on June 30, 2013

    I'm a great lover of biography's and auto-biography's. This is a very interesting way to put forth an auto-biography! Mr Kirk does in a third person approach! Different, but very good!

  • By William O. Price on October 6, 1999

    As a young man I encountered C. S. Lewis in his "Surprised by Joy." I have long considered it one of the most influential books I've read. Now I add Kirk's autobiography to that short list. I have read much of Kirk over the years, but his masterful style--he truly was a man of letters--works in "Sword" to reveal the man behind the writings. Kirk is a fascinating fellow and provides a model of the contemplative life in our modern age.

  • By Bob Mulle on January 9, 1998

    The late Dr. Kirk, one of the fathers of american conservative thought, has presented a compelling narrative of the life and passions of a conservative thinker who navigated the troubled waters of the Twentieth Century. The book explores the moral, ethical, and political dimensions of his intellectual self-discovery. In the process of reading this well crafted work, one will learn a great deal about the ideals and truths that underlie the modern conservative movement. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the foundations of the modern world and the options for a better future.


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