“American Burke” Reviewed by “American Prospect”

9780700620968Many thanks to The American Prospect for the stellar coverage of Greg Weiner’s “American Burke.”  Excerpted:  “Weiner has culled and explicated consistent themes from Moynihan’s long career of cautious reformism, at once unorthodox even as it was—mostly—respectful of liberal traditions. Weiner concludes that we miss him—specifically, his ‘appeal to both sides … [his] capacity to draw certain strains of the contemporary Right and Left together.’ Today, this would be a challenge. Edmund Burke himself, I submit, could not draw the contemporary right and left together. If we miss Pat—and we do—it’s because he courageously and so often justifiably was willing to tell each side when, and how, they were wrong.”