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Edmund Fawcett worked at The Economist for more than three decades, serving as its chief correspondent in Washington, Paris, Berlin, and Brussels, as well as its European and literary editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Liberalism: The Life of an Idea (Princeton).


"A valuable wide-lens perspective on currents that have been at play for decades if not centuries."---Greg Cowles, New York Times Book Review
""The chief virtue of Fawcett's rich and wide-ranging account is to demonstrate how conservatism has repeatedly managed to renew itself, politically and intellectually. The conservative tradition is a remarkably fecund one. For both its supporters and opponents, that is a truth worth rescuing." - Nick Pearce, Financial Times"
"One of Kirkus Reviews Best Big-Picture History Books of 2020"
"One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2020: Politics"
"The narrative is absorbing, the pace unflagging. The reader is carried along by the energy of the prose, by sharp insights and nice turns of phrase, and above all by the author's evident engagement in politics and joy in ideas."---Jesse Norman, Catholic Herald
"A companion to his well-received Liberalism (2014), Fawcett's latest is as readable and comprehensive as its predecessor. . . . An immensely stimulating canter though a major segment of Western political tradition." * Kirkus, Starred Review *
"Members of both [liberalism and conservatism] thought-categories will find much to learn from both books, not least from the historical figures Mr. Fawcett brings into view."---William Anthony Hay, Wall Street Journal
"A sweeping new work of political history."---John Harris, The Guardian
"With Election Day looming, you probably don't have time for a 500-page book to help make sense of how we got here. But when it comes to making sense of things afterward, when there's time for deeper reflection, Edmund Fawcett's new book, Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition, plays a vital, invaluable role."---Paul Rosenberg, Salon
"Enriching and worth reading."---Jacob Soll, The New Republic
"A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice"
"The honest struggle of a thoughtful liberal to understand the enemy gives the book its strength, vitality and structure. . . . [A] compelling, lucid and learned work."---Richard Cockett, The Critic
"Timely."---William Chislett, Real Instituto Elcano
"This book is a stimulating read, benefiting from the author's clarity of style, breadth of historical knowledge and decision to place conservative thinkers from each period of history alongside political practitioners."---William Hague, Spectator
"[An] epic history of conservatism."---John Prideaux, The Economist
"A truly magisterial survey of the thought and actions of conservatives in Britain, France, Germany and the United States. . . . It's a tour de force of intellectual eclecticism, and a vital recognition that the war within conservatism matters."---Andrew Sullivan, New York Times Book Review
""The author of a much acclaimed history of liberalism turns his attention to another crucial branch of political philosophy" - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times"
"An astonishingly accomplished survey of the last two centuries of conservative thought."---Andrew Gimson, Conservative Home

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