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Edmund Burke


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Jesse Norman is the Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire, and a Senior Fellow of Policy Exchange. He is a frequent op-ed contributor in the national press, has written numerous pamphlets and papers, including `Compassionate Conservatism', and blogs on www.jessenorman.com. In 2012 he was awarded Parliamentarian of the Year and Backbencher of the Year. This is his first biography.


`Jesse Norman has brought back Burke in triumph. This is an overdue reassessment of a politician who was the father of the modern political party, a man who campaigned with equal brio and genius against British exploitation of India and the bloody tyranny of the French Revolution. Anyone who cares about politics will pounce on this book and devour it' Boris Johnson

`A must-read for anyone interested in politics and history ... Superb' Matthew D'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph

`An excellent book, which unites biographical and political insights. The best short biography of Burke for nearly fifty years ... and a pleasure to read' Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University

`[Norman] is a subtle historian of ideas. He does an excellent job of extracting from his subject's speeches and writings why, in his view, Burke is the first and most important conservative thinker' Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

`An intriguing and illuminating picture of the thinker who more than any other exemplifies the contradictions of conservatism' New Statesman

`His new book on Edmund Burke seeks to contest the very nature of today's Tory Party. All power to his elbow ... quite brilliantly, Norman ... [offers] an immense critique of the present ... It is a patriotic tract and an act of great leadership. This is a very significant book' Independent

`Personable and thoughtful, [Norman] also has a cavalier streak ... This absorbing book gathers pace, and relevance, as it goes along - an important contribution to the annals of conservative thought' Observer

`Norman is undoubtedly a fluent and deep thinker ... his account of Burke's life and career is as good as any of equal length on the subject ... Admirable' Spectator

`Superb ... Norman succeeds in elevating his subject, showing what is conservative about Burke, and why he matters today. Ironically, he makes such a strong case that it would seem perverse if only Tories took something from Burke's legacy' Financial Times

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