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Burke Books

I’ve always wanted to read a really good one-volume biography of Burke–but there doesn’t seem to be one available. I don’t mean an analysis of his thought, of which there is no shortage, but a biography that tells the story of his life. Conor Cruise O’Brien didn’t write it, and as much as I like Russell Kirk, his book on Burke doesn’t really bring his subject to life as a man of his age. I own both volumes of F.P. Lock’s biography, and have enjoyed dipping into it, and maybe one day it will be condensed into something for general readers rather than scholars. My favorite book on Burke may be Edmund Burke and His World, by Alice Miller (no relation), though it doesn’t do much to connect him to modern conservatism.

Rick, Yuval, anyone: What’s the one book about Burke (as opposed to by Burke) that everyone should read?

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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