The Conservative Mind
belongs in the "oldie but goodie" category of books on conservatism. It was Kirk who first applied the term "conservative" to anti-progressive ideologies dating back to Edmund Burke, and every resource I examined in preparation for this post listed The Conservative Mind
as a foundational text for understanding modern conservatism. Interestingly, I found that Kirk's views suffer from the same anachronisms as Burke's. For example, today's conservatives are far more stringent when it comes to environmental and social policies, and I suspect they'd dislike Kirk's evident Anglophilia with its inherent classism. Kirk's Conservative Mind
definitely belongs on a must-read list of books on conservatism, but ultimately it's as interesting for what it reveals about recent changes within the Republican Party as for its historical analysis of the conservative movement. (Featured Book, "Beyond the Headlines"
) Recommended By Rhianna W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk is arguably one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American Conservatism.
Brilliant in every respect, from its conception to its choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism, The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk launched the modern American Conservative Movement.