11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2014
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin is great book about the author's belief that these two men created the Right and Left. The author focuses of upon Burke's and Paine’s differing views. One championed a reforming conservatism (Burke) and the other with radical progressivism ideas (Paine). Both views continue to shape our current political system on issues ranging from abortion to welfare, education, and economics. The Great Debate is an examination of what is conservatism, and what is liberalism. Levin sees Paine as an early American liberal, while Burke is often considered a hero to conservatives. Centuries after their deaths, both Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine are still quoted by columnists or politicians.
If you are unfamiliar with who Burke and Paine were I included a small bio about each of them.
Edmund Burke was an Irish-born English politician. He was one of the great figures in parliamentary politics in the last 18th century. He was in the House of Commons for about 30 years. He supported of the cause of the American Revolution but later opposed the French Revolution. He also become the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party.
Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he is believed to have inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.
I enjoyed this book because it showed how great writers these two men were. The author provides tons of quotations and excerpts for the reader to understand why these men are considered great writers. I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it for you to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2014
If this were a novel it would be an exciting thriller which is fast moving and thoroughly entertaining. The debate between two great political individuals is one I recommend to anyone who is interested in individualism, revolution and moderate alternatives.