The Great Debate

  • by Yuval Levin
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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interesting and informative

a little repetitive, but very interesting. narrator not brilliant, but passable. latter chapters could have been longer
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- Gareth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.