Roots Of American Order

Roots Of American Order In this now classic work Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth of the United States Advertising

  • Title: Roots Of American Order
  • Author: Russell Kirk
  • ISBN: 9781882926992
  • Page: 146
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    1. Russell Kirk

      For than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time He is the author of some thirty two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk s 1953 book The Conservative Mind gave American conservatives an identity and a genealogy and catalyzed the postwar movement Dr Kirk wrote and spoke on modern culture, political thought and practice, educational theory, literary criticism, ethical questions, and social themes He addressed audiences on hundreds of American campuses and appeared often on television and radio.He edited the educational quarterly journal The University Bookman and was founder and first editor of the quarterly Modern Age He contributed articles to numerous serious periodicals on either side of the Atlantic For a quarter of a century he wrote a page on education for National Review, and for thirteen years published, through the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, a nationally syndicated newspaper column Over the years he contributed to than a hundred serious periodicals in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, and Poland, among them Sewanee Review, Yale Review, Fortune, Humanitas, The Contemporary Review, The Journal of the History of Ideas, World Review, Crisis, History Today, Policy Review, Commonweal, Kenyon Review, The Review of Politics, and The World and I.He is the only American to hold the highest arts degree earned of the senior Scottish university doctor of letters of St Andrews He received his bachelor s degree from Michigan State University and his master s degree from Duke University He received honorary doctorates from twelve American universities and colleges.He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a senior fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Constitutional Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Fulbright Lecturer in Scotland The Christopher Award was conferred upon him for his book Eliot and His Age, and he received the Ann Radcliffe Award of the Count Dracula Society for his Gothic Fiction The Third World Fantasy Convention gave him its award for best short fiction for his short story, There s a Long, Long Trail a Winding In 1984 he received the Weaver Award of the Ingersoll Prizes for his scholarly writing For several years he was a Distinguished Scholar of the Heritage Foundation In 1989, President Reagan conferred on him the Presidential Citizens Medal In 1991, he was awarded the Salvatori Prize for historical writing.More than a million copies of Kirk s books have been sold, and several have been translated in German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, and other languages His second book, The Conservative Mind 1953 , is one of the most widely reviewed and discussed studies of political ideas in this century and has gone through seven editions Seventeen of his books are in print at present, and he has written prefaces to many other books, contributed essays to them, or edited them.Dr Kirk debated with such well known speakers as Norman Thomas, Frank Mankiewicz, Carey McWilliams, John Roche, Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr Michael Harrington, Max Lerner, Michael Novak, Sidney Lens, William Kunstler, Hubert Humphrey, F A Hayek, Karl Hess, Clifford Case, Ayn Rand, Eugene McCarthy, Leonard Weinglass, Louis Lomax, Harold Taylor, Clark Kerr, Saul Alinsky, Staughton Lynd, Malcolm X, Dick Gregory, and Tom Hayden Several of his public lectures have been broadcast nationally on C SPAN.Among Kirk s literary and scholarly friends were T S Eliot, Roy Campbell, Wyndham Lewis, Donald Davidson, George Scott Moncrieff, Richard Weaver, Max Picard, Ray Bradbury, Bernard Iddings Bell, Paul Roche, James McAuley, Thomas Howard, Wilhem Roepke, Robert Speaight


    1. Typically, I am a pretty great reader. I finish books quickly. But if book-reading-records were “broken”, this book did it for me. It took me three weeks to read this whole book. Now, I have to add that that is at a ploddy speed. I didn't read for hours each day, and sometimes I didn't read at all. Shocking, I know. But for me, even at that speed, three weeks was about two weeks too long. It frustrated me. I needed to know why. I came up with three potential reasons for why I couldn't seem [...]

    2. So informative; Kirk writes of how we happened as a nation to develop our form of government. Our morals were from Jerusalem (Old Testament) some philosophy from Rome and Greece and a lot of common law and ideals from London. There were many short biographies of people I had always heard of, Locke, Hume, Montesquieu, and many others. We detected a small bias towards Catholicism and against Protestants. But I have forgiven him! Overall an excellent book with some chapters I shall have to reread t [...]

    3. I read this book a long time ago and forgot to include it in my list. I include it now because it so contradicts "Objectivism". Highly recommend for insight into axiomatic systems. Thinking about it later I realized that the 10 commandments were the first axiomatic system for guiding populations of people and has stood the test of time. Objectivism will be popular for a while but it's a flash in the pan. review:Russell Kirk was perhaps the most distinguished American conservative writer of the t [...]

    4. Great overview and explanation of the development of Western political thought and civilization. Kirk is masterful in weaving together long arguments and traditions into a simple narrative.

    5. Necessarily superficial given the audience and goal of the book. A lot of Kirk's history is dated now. Still, this is a neat way to introduce people to the main themes of classical liberalism and how some of them snaked their way through earlier history and came to fuller expression at the time of the American founding. I wouldn't want to use this book in any kind of academic way, but I think it can still be a good way to introduce people to a neat historical-political-religious conversation.

    6. This was not an easy read but was very revealing. My first impression was an increased sense of my historical illiteracy. It is amazing the types of mistakes we could avoid if we only took the time to learn what has happened to past civilizations who tried the same thing. I will cite only one example: Tell me if this sounds like anyone you know. (Hint: we just elected him as president.)"To obtain popular support, many of the emperors sided with the impoverished populace against the senatorial an [...]

    7. This book is a wonderful history of the order in America. Not only does it provide the resources used by our founding fathers to create our Consitution, but it shows the root of history (including the Greeks and Romans), the incorporation of faith, the Reformation, and the great minds of the 18th Century. If you are weak in history, as I have been (but am furiously looking to cure) this is a spectacular jumping off point for another twenty reads in history. Each chapter is chock full of referenc [...]

    8. A sweeping examination of the meaning of America, as viewed through its beliefs and institutions. Not everyone will agree with his take, but it certainly resonated with me. A particularly insightful book for those of us who live at the crossroads of faith and politics. May be useful to non-Americans who aspire to the "idea of America" which never seems to be quite fully realized yet worth pursuing anyway.

    9. Many people in the West tend to take it for granted that some sort of order is at work in the world. So observes Russell Kirk, noting that "they assume, however vaguely, that certain principles of justice exist, and that life has purpose of some sort." In 1974 he penned "The Roots of American Order" to remind us that despite the seeming cacophony of modern times, there exists an order which has traditionally anchored the nation and given it stability. His work is timely, as rising disorder sugge [...]

    10. Excellent book delineating the origins of the American system of government. The book describes how American order was influenced by Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia. It was interesting reading about the birth pangs of our country's government as I watch American order possibly breathe its last.

    11. An article I read recently said that "in a healthy society, education is the thoughtful enjoyment of a cultural inheritance." For we who have been severed from most of our inheritance, this is an excellent book. Kirk collects and synthesizes the great strands of the Western and Christian tradition, in particular those that went into the making of the American instantiation of this tradition. One might spend a lifetime in the library before one fully apprehends the big-scale narration that Kirk p [...]

    12. In contrast with Europe, those seeking to explore a conservative tradition for the United States immediately run into a problem: unlike the history of the English or the French, most schoolbook histories of the United States begin with the country spontaneously appearing on the map in 1776. The constitution, the nation's proudest document, likewise seems to have materialized directly from the brains of an impressive group of men we refer to collectively as the founding fathers. If the creation o [...]

    13. A somewhat brilliant introductory text that describes in great depth the historical origins of the American political establishment. Kirk is concise and readable. Years of thought or vision provided Kirk with important insights into the integral nature of western civilization. The place of the American institution of government in the canon of civilization, from the Ancient Greeks and Hebrews, through the Middle Ages and Reformation, to the Enlightened thought of French “philosophes” and Ang [...]

    14. I was a week late for our class but at lest I did it! I have to say that this book has the potential to get lost in your mind.I read word for word through the first half, which is all about the ancient societies of the Hebrews, Romans, and Greeks. This was interesting. I was surprised that a leader of Greece or of Athens would walk away from his people to give them the opportunity to govern selves because he, (Solon) felt he had taught correct principles.I switched to reading the first and last [...]

    15. Kirk offers a ranging but cohesive tour through the history of Western thought, but his attempts to connect the ideas to those of early Americans are too thin to be convincing. Too many of his descriptions of the thought of the founding fathers are prefaced with "except for Jefferson" or "Franklin excepting" -- Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are important figures, and if they dissent from what you claim was a universal belief among leading Americans, then maybe there was more diversity i [...]

    16. I had meant to read this book for years but I'm actually rather glad I waited, until now, when I am more knowledgeable about the authors and events he discusses. (:It is an admirable even Christian (although not overtly so) synthesis and analysis of all the influences that went into establishing the American order, and is truly an argument for order itself. We would all do well to ruminate on the importance of order in our lives as humans and members of a community."To live within a just order i [...]

    17. Kirk was a scholar among scholars. However he leaped to conclusions about American order that are not exactly true. His thesis is that America's cultural, intellectual, and spiritual roots can be traced back to Athens, London, and Jerusalem. Of course in a sense that is true; the problem is that he lofty ideals blind him to everyday realities. Nevertheless this book is a must-read on several different levels. His chapters dealing with Rome and Greece for instance provide wonderful narrative for [...]

    18. Powerful, long book (476 pages!). Thought-provoking, too. "Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and the institutions which have nurtured the order of the soul and the order of the commonwealth in the United States." He begins with the Israelites, Greeks, and Romans, then goes through the history of the Western world to show how various elements have contributed to our country. I have always been amazed at people who are able to make definitive pronouncements about something as large as a country, [...]

    19. The roots of American order are traced back to the Hebrews. Kirk then leads the reader though history and details what we have learned from each major civilization and the great thinker of that time. He describes the fall of these great civilization and the cause is always the straying away from our roots: the inner root of moral order or order of the soul and the outer root of civil social order or order of the republic.It was a slow read. I disagreed with several things but probably need to be [...]

    20. In my readings, I found that my own understanding of how Americans came to believe as they did when the Founders created a new type of nation was greatly lacking. This book was very enlightening. Though I do not agree with all of Kirk's premises, he lays out a well thought out lineage of ideas and principles that helped to form the ideology of the men and women who set about to establish a new society based on freedom and accountability.

    21. Interesting overview of the theoretical and practical roots of American government. Lots of info they never taught in school :) Starts with ancient Judaism, through Greeks, Romans, Britain, Enlightenment and colonial experience. Our government truly is a wonder. Now I have a new list of classic texts to read.

    22. Another of Kirk's classics. Too often when we think about the philosophical roots of the Constitution, we only think of Locke. He refutes the idea that the Founding Fathers were solely disciples of the Enlightenment, and shows the intellectual roots of the American Revolution in the Old Testament, Greco-Roman Democracy,etc.

    23. Kirk does a wonderful job of tracing the various religious, philosophical and historical influences that shaped American order, both moral and social. I particularly enjoyed the biographical sketches of men like Solon, Hooker, Burke and Lincoln whose strove to uphold order in their lifetimes. This is a book I want my kids to read at some point during their high school years.

    24. This was very dense, it took a long time for me to get through it. Mostly, my slow paced reading was because of my lack of knowledge about Roman and Greek history - it was a profound book, though, teaching what civil order really is and what happens when we pull away from it as a nation or as individuals. Great read, I'd like to read it again when my knowledge of history is much deeper.

    25. The most clear and comprehensive summary of the source and character of the Conservative intellectual movement that I have read to date. An absolute must read for anyone who wants to understand American Conservatism.

    26. Great book! Kirk traces the founding of our country back to Ancient Greece, Rome, through the Middle Ages and the development of Christianity. He shows how the Founding Fathers drew from these civilizations to create our form of government and Constitution. Very interesting reading!

    27. This book is probably the most comprehensive guide to the rise of the American system written in the last 50 years. To this day, it stands as one of the cornerstones of classical conservative thought.

    28. A panoramic sweep of the influences that formed the American political order beginning with the Hebrews and the Old Testament, Rome, and the English common law tradition. Important reading for today's times.

    29. Outstanding book about the origins of the civil society. A must read and classic for anybody interested in how our contemporary society, our system of government,how the various philosophies and traditions of law and order, evolved since biblical times.

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