The Great Debate

Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

by: Yuval Levin

The Great Debate
Author: Yuval Levin

Publisher: Basic Books

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: 13 February 2014

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ISBN: 0465050972 ISBN 13: 9780465050970

The Great Debate by Yuval Levin

Focuses on the late 18th century debate between two legendary thinkers, Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, for the roots of America's contemporary political divide. This title is suitable for those seeking to understand not only the foundations of our political order but the controversies that fuel Washington's divisiveness. Top page

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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. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Basic Books

City: New York

Pages: 304

More info: height 236 mm width 165 mm weight 499 gr thickness 28 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC23) 320.97309033 Library of Congress Subject: United States - Politics and government

Departments: Politics & government;

Record updated at: 26 July, 2014 time: 01:29


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