I read the Introduction you sent me with growing astonishment that I was being introduced to one of the most remarkable books of this end of a century. The remarkable factor is what you briefly describe in the third paragraph of your letter. This “shift” has resulted – so I guess at this time – in a work on contemporary history that is unique, and uniquely fascinating, in that events we all know are put in a framework of political philosophy. The result is a work on American history that can claim to be a work on human history. That work, again, is of double interest because the author of the book was also an active participant in the dynamic of the events.
I must confess that I am ignorant of most of the works on present history which you mention. All the same, my impression that your book is unique in a number of ways, is one that would not be affected by my having read most of these other works. The uniqueness, in spite of my term, not quantitative, a result of comparison. It stems from quality rather than comparison.
I also like the last paragraph of your letter. The caution which it evokes is manifest even in the Introduction.You are unwilling to let personal pride reduce the greatness and significance of contemporary history.
Congratulations, Dick. Or rather, I should say, “Thank you, Dick,” being aware that I am thus speaking for my entire generation.
Bishirjian ” laments the invasion of neoconservatives into the Republican Party, for they are just big government liberals and foreign interventionists who fled the Democratic Party as the extremist Progressives took it over. Because of neoconservative influence, the Republicans have abandoned their defense of small government.” —Dr. Paul Lewis, emeritus professor of political science at Tulane University https://home.isi.org/what-rebellion
“ Much of Bishirjian’s discussion here will resonate with conservatives who have always opposed ambitious plans to reconstruct the world through the use of American firepower.” —Dr. Grant Haver, chairman, Philosophy Department,Trinity Western University, British Columbia https://voegelinview.com/author/havers
“Bishirjian is something of an optimist. He sees the potential for cultural restoration, hoping our decline will be followed by prophetic renewal.”— Allen Mendenhall, staff attorney, Supreme Court of Alabama http://www.libertylawsite.org/2015/11/23/attuned-to-the-daimon
“Just as it is possible to trace the roots of American order (as Kirk did) so is it possible to trace the roots of American disorder, and this is what Bishirjian attempts in The Conservative Rebellion, a work that is equal parts jeremiad, memoir, and history”—James E. Person, Jr. –Senior Fellow, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/hope-for-a-conservative-remnant
“’The Conservative Rebellion’” contributes important spiritual and philosophical breadth and depth to the current battle for the American soul.”–Aram Bakshian, The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/5/book-review-the-conservative-rebellion
” The revolutionary dream of Babel is age-old. Global governance is merely its most recent avatar. The resistance tends to be unpopular and underfunded. Now and then, it gives rise to imaginative thinkers and institution-builders. The reader should be prepared to digest The Conservative Rebellion slowly and carefully. It should be mined for its philosophical riches. The author has been prospecting this particular field for decades.”–Steven Alan Salmon, Professor of Government, Liberty University