ISI is excited to announce that Bradley J. Birzer has won the 2016 Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award for Russell Kirk: American Conservative.
A distinguished panel of judges chose this masterful biography from among five impressive finalists. The Wall Street Journal hails Birzer’s Russell Kirk as “a beautifully written and deeply insightful biography.” The Library of Law and Liberty proclaims it nothing less than “a masterwork”—“the definitive assessment of Kirk as a social, historical, and political thinker.” Likewise, the Claremont Review of Books calls Russell Kirk “the definitive book about this important, fascinating, and good man.”
Perhaps National Review best explained not only the quality but also the timeliness of Birzer’s magisterial work:
Given the confused and dispirited state of American conservatism at the present moment, it is high time for a Russell Kirk revival. The very thought of such a revival is appealing, even exhilarating, and the appearance of Bradley J. Birzer’s splendid and exhaustively researched biography of Kirk just might provide the catalyst needed to set it in motion.
You can come meet Birzer and hear him speak on his award-winning book at the Paolucci Award dinner, which will be held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the national meeting of the preeminent conservative intellectual forum, the Philadelphia Society. Here are details on the event:
DATE: Saturday, October 1
TIME: Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
About the award winner: Bradley J. Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is professor of history at Hillsdale College. He has also served as the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought at the University of Colorado. Dr. Birzer is cofounder of the Imaginative Conservative and a fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He is the author of several other books, including American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth.