The American Cause

Written by Russell Kirk, edited with a new Introduction by Gleaves Whitney

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“This short, easy-to-read book should be required reading for every student.” —Townhall.com


“A welcome reminder of what is good and worthwhile in our heritage.” —First Things


The American Cause explains in simple yet eloquent language the bedrock principles upon which America's experiment in constitutional self-government is built.

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“Good-natured ignorance is a luxury none of us can afford.”
—Russell Kirk


Studies show that the number of people who truly understand the complexity of America’s heritage has grown dangerously small. History shows that when a people forget their past and abandon their principles, they imperil their cultuire.

That’s why The American Cause is a book for our time. In this classic work, the great conservative thinker Russell Kirk explains in simple yet eloquent language the bedrock principles upon which America’s experiment in constitutional self-government is built. Kirk intended “this little book” to be an assertion of the moral and social principles upholding our nation. He offers an engaging primer on those principles—political, economic, and moral—that have united Americans when faced with challenges and threats from the enemies of ordered freedom.

Kirk’s lucid and straightforward presentation of the articles of American belief is as necessary today as ever. Gleaves Whitney’s newly edited version of Kirk’s work, combined with his insightful commentary, makes The American Cause a timely addition to the literature of liberty.

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Format Paperback
Pages 191
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

“Kirk succeeds masterfully in his aim to revive America’s founding principles. This short, easy-to-read book should be required reading for every student.”
Townhall.com

“A welcome reminder of what is good and worthwhile in our heritage, and it is hoped that, in the post–September 11 era, some strength still might be drawn from that tradition.”
First Things

“One of the best books prompted by post-9/11 national soul searching was actually written almost half a century before the terrorist attacks. Russell Kirk’s 1957 classic The American Cause has now been made available in a new edition, and it gives a noble and energetic summary of what we are fighting for.”
National Review

“In The American Cause, Russell Kirk undertakes the task of ensuring that those who defend America have more than bullets and guns at their disposal.”
Religion & Liberty

“Combines the great qualities of the philosopher’s grasp of ideas and the pamphleteer’s singleness of purpose.”
—Thomas Molnar, Commonweal

“Puts into hard-hitting words many of your thoughts and convictions about the gift that is represented by life in the United States.”
Catholic World

ISBN 1882926935
ISBN13 9781882926930
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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