About the book….
What holds America together? In this classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth. Beginning with the Hebrew prophets, Kirk examines in dramatic fashion the sources of American order. His analytical narrative might be called “a tale of five cities”: Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia. For an understanding of the significance of America at the dawn of a new century, Russell Kirk’s masterpiece on the history of American civilization is unsurpassed. This edition includes a new foreword by the distinguished historian Forrest McDonald.
Dr. Kirk was one of this century’s foremost men of letters. He was the founder of the conservative quarterlies Modern Age and The University Bookman. The Conservative Mind (Henry Regnery Company, 1953), Edmund Burke, Enemies of the Permanent Things (Arlington House, 1969), and Eliot and His Age (Random House, 1971) are among his over thirty books.