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The Great Melody

A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke

Statesman, political thinker, orator, and ardent campaigner, Edmund Burke was one of the most brilliant figures of the eighteenth century. This unorthodox biography focuses on Burke’s thoughts, responses, and actions to the great events and debates surrounding Britain’s tumultuous relationships with her three colonies—America, Ireland, and India—and archrival France.

"In bringing Burke to our attention, Mr. O’Brien has brought back a lost treasure. The Great Melody is a brilliant work of narrative sweep and analytical depth. Conor Cruise O’Brien on Edmund Burke is a literary gift to political thought."—John Patrick Diggins, New York Times Book Review

"Serious readers of history are in for a treat: a book by the greatest living Irishman on the greatest Irishman who ever lived. . . . O’Brien’s study is not merely a reconstruction of a fascinating man and period. It is also a tract for the times. . . . I cannot remember another time when I finished a book of more than 600 pages wishing it were longer."—Paul Johnson, The Independent

"The Great Melody combines superb biography and fascinating history with a profound understanding of political philosophy."—Former President Richard Nixon

768 pages | illustrated | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | © 1992

Biography and Letters

History: British and Irish History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on Sources
Preface
Introduction
Ireland 1729-1780
American Colonies 1765-1778
American Colonies, Ireland 1778-1783
India 1767-1790
France 1789-1791
France, Ireland, India 1791-1797
Epilogue
Appendix
General Index
Thematic Index

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