American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia

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Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, Jeffrey O. Nelson
ISI Books, 2006 - History - 979 pages
American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century. More than a decade in the makingand more than half a million words in length?this informative and entertaining encyclopedia contains substantive entries of up to two thousand words on those persons, events, organizations, and concepts of major importance to postwar American conservatism. Its contributors include iconic patriarchs of the conservative and libertarian movements, including Russell Kirk, M. E. Bradford, Gerhart Niemeyer, Stephen J. Tonsor, Peter Stanlis, and Murray Rothbard; celebrated scholars such as George H. Nash, Peter Augustine Lawler, Allan Carlson, Daniel J. Mahoney, Wilfred McClay, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, George W. Carey, and Paul Gottfried; well-known authors, including George Weigel, Lee Edwards, Richard Brookhiser, and Gregory Wolfe; and influential movement activists and leaders such as M. Stanton Evans, Morton Blackwell, Leonard Liggio, and Llewellyn Rockwell. Ranging from abortion to Zoll, Donald Atwell, and written from viewpoints as various as those which have informed the postwar conservative movement itself, the encyclopedia's more than 600 entries will orient readers of all kinds to the people and ideas that have given shape to contemporary American conservatism. This long-awaited volume is not to be missed.

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I loved this book, it is especially useful to read the part on Edmond Burke.
I used it a lot when I was trying to understand exactly what conservatism was and why I was more like conservatives than libertarians.
A very useful book.

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Jeremy Beer is the editor in chief at ISI Books. His essays and reviews have appeared in First Things, Catholic Social Science Review, Touchstone, and the New Pantagruel. Bruce Frohnen is Associate Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law and the author of Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: The Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville (University Press of Kansas, 1993) and The New Communitarians and the Crisis of Modern Liberalism (University Press of Kansas, 1996). Jeffrey O. Nelson is Vice President, Publications at ISI, founding publisher of ISI Books, co-editor of Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge?A Reader (ISI Books, 2005), editor of Henry Regnery?s Perfect Sowing: Reflections of a Bookman (ISI Books, 1999), and Russell Kirk?s Redeeming the Time, (ISI Books, 1999).

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