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Birzer, Bradley J. 1967-

Overview
Works: 21 works in 81 publications in 1 language and 5,120 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographies  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Filmed lectures  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR6039.O32, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Bradley J Birzer
J.R.R. Tolkien's sanctifying myth : understanding Middle-Earth by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Jackson's film version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the accompanying proliferation of Rings-related paraphernalia, has once again brought the work of J.R.R. Tolkien to a popular audience. There are, however, few full and accessible treatments of the religious vision permeating Tolkien's influential works. Bradley Birzer has remedied that with his fresh study, J.R.R. Tolkien's sanctifying Myth: understanding Middle-earth. In it Birzer explicates the religious symbolism and significance of Tolkien's Middle-earth stories. More broadly, Birzer situates Tolkien within the Christian humanist tradition represented by Thomas More and T.S. Eliot, Dante and C.S. Lewis. He argues that through the genre of myth Tolkien is able to provide a sophisticated--and appealing--social and ethical world view
Russell Kirk, American conservative by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Russell Kirk published his seminal 1953 book, The Conservative Mind, the American Right was adrift. Emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal at home and radical ideologies and conflict abroad, conservatism seemed beaten and broken in the postwar world. Although luminaries such as William F. Buckley, Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin all published important works in the early 1950s, none of their writings would match the influence of Kirk's masterpiece, which became a rallying point for a reinvigorated tradition. The shy thirty-five-year-old author became an intellectual celebrity and the founder of a growing movement. In this definitive biography, Bradley J. Birzer investigates the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most important men of letters. Birzer enjoyed unprecedented access to papers and diaries that have only recently became available to the public, and he draws on these sources to explore the roots and development of Kirk's thought. He is also the first biographer to examine the theorist's prolific writings on literature and culture - areas of inquiry that Kirk believed could not be separated from the political and economic realms. This magisterial study reveals the ways in which Kirk employed correspondence, friendships, conferences, books - both fiction and nonfiction - and newspaper columns to build a conservative Christian humanist movement. In addition, it illuminates the thinker's influence on figures such as. T.S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., and Senator Barry Goldwater, who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964. Although several books examine the evolution of postwar conservatism and libertarianism, surprisingly few works explore Kirk's life and thought in detail. This engaging biography not only offers a fresh and thorough assessment of one of America's most influential thinkers but also reasserts his humane vision in an increasingly inhumane time. -- from dust jacket
American Cicero : the life of Charles Carroll by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before his death in 1832, Charles Carroll of Carrollton--the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence--was widely regarded as one of the most important Founders. Today, Carroll's signal contributions to the American Founding are overlooked, but the fascinating new biography American Cicero rescues Carroll from unjust neglect"--Page 2 of cover
The American West by Larry Schweikart( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You'll also discover a host of larger-than-life figures - mountain men and movie stars, pioneers and politicians, gunslingers and geologists - who sought and found their fortunes west of the Mississippi and whose exploits helped to create both the reality and the mythology of the American West. You'll meet Billy the Kid and Bill Gates, Kit Carson and Barry Goldwater, Geronimo and Johnny Cash, among many others. And you'll learn about the essential roles of women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans in the westward expansion and continuing development of the West."
Sanctifying the world : the Augustinian life and mind of Christopher Dawson by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American democrat and other political writings by James Fenimore Cooper( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The movement of world revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )

9 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christopher Dawson was one of the most profound historians of his day, with an acute understanding of the ideas and culture movements behind the making of Western society. The Movement of World Revolution, originally published in 1959, explores many of the themes Dawson considered most important in his lifetime: the religious foundation of human culture, the central importance of education for the recovery of Christian humanism, the myth of progress, and the dangers of nationalism and secular ideologies. Dawson's concern was not so much a solution to the political, social, or economic problems of his day, but rather an understanding of the present as it had evolved from the past as well as the charting of a path into the future. In this work, Dawson argued that the modern period was "not a metaphysical age, and in the East no less than in the West men are more interested in subsistence and coexistence than in essence and existence." Dawson believed a reduction of culture to material and technological preoccupations would ultimately end in an impoverishment of life. His solution was a return to a renewed Christendom, one not marked by an alliance with secular powers but rather arising out of an organic, spiritual foundation. The Movement of World Revolution is remarkably prophetic in anticipating many of the contemporary struggles about the role of religion in the modern state."--Publisher's description
Mars Hill audio journal 58 : September/October 2002( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholics in the public square : a study in conflict and influence by Bradley J Birzer( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill audio journal : September/October 1999( Recording )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entangling empires, fracturing frontiers : Jean Baptiste Richardville and the quest for Miami autonomy, 1760-1841 by Bradley J Birzer( )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though not a traditional biography, my dissertation examines the leadership and entrepreneurial qualities of Miami Chief Jean Baptiste Richardville, 1760-1841. Richardville possessed cultural and physical traits from both his European and Indian ancestors. His métis status allowed him to move swiftly between English, French, American (to a lesser extent), Miami, various Indian, and mixed-blood circles. Intelligent, he understood and used these gifts in both trade and diplomacy. For the métis chief, the line that separated the two spheres was thin. He was as much CEO as chief; the two supported each other in a symbiotic relationship. During his lifetime, various groups, including the Miami, the French, the Spanish, the British, and the Americans laid some claim to possessing the western Great Lakes. It was a region fertile for someone with Richardville's genetic and cultural background. He viewed the empires and frontiers surrounding him and the Miamis as an advantage, not an overwhelming burden. He used a multiplicity of strategies to protect the Miamis. Not only could he play one external group off of the other diplomatically, he and the Miamis could profit from the process. Richardville offered the Indians an alternative type of resistance to American demographic, political, and economic onslaught. His life demonstrates that warfare and nativism were not always the best means of resisting the wealthy and expansive United States of America. In this respect, Richardville is the antithesis of such notable Old Northwest figures as the Shawnee Prophet and his brother, Tecumseh. Far from being either a noble or ignoble savage, Richardville used trade, property rights, and diplomacy to protect the Miamis as effectively as possible until his death in the 1840s."--Leaf ix
Neil Peart : cultural repercussions : an in-depth examination of the words, ideas, and professional life of Neil Peart, man of letters by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholics in the public square : a study in conflict and influence by Bradley J Birzer( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intersection between church and state has always been a sticking point for Americans, especially for those in public office. During recent election cycles, we've witnessed spiritual compromise by self-described Catholic politicians and the attack of popular media against socially conservative candidates. This year, the tension between church and state came to a head with the major confrontation between the Catholic Bishops and the Obama administration over policy decisions
The English way : studies in English sanctity, from St. Bede to Newman. by Maisie Ward( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ring and the cross : Christianity and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien by Paul E Kerry( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influence of J.R.R Tolkien's Christianity on his writing has sparked intense discussion and debate. What has been lacking is a forum for a civilized discussion about the topic, as well as a chronological overview of the major arguments and themes that have engaged scholars about the impact of Christianity on Tolkein's oeuvre, with particular reference to The Lord of the Rings. The Ring and the Cross addresses these two needs
[Book review of] A nation of statesmen : the political culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815-1972, by James W. Obery by Bradley J Birzer( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Homelessness in the 1990s by Bradley J Birzer( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Westernism and Silverism : Fred T. Dubois and the Idaho Silver Republicans by Bradley J Birzer( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Book review of] The Wichita Indians : traders of Texas and the Southern Plains, 1540-1845, by F. Todd Smith by Bradley J Birzer( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Neil Peart : Cultural Repercussions by Bradley J Birzer( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though Neil Peart is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living drummers, few studies have been devoted to his writings. Yet, Peart is very much a man of his words. He writes lyrics, travelogues, short stories, essays, and books of cultural criticism. In terms of his cultural impact, he is also one of North America's greatest living men of letters. The themes he offers in his writings are timeless: philosophy, journeys, growth, exploration, excellence, art, satisfaction, happiness, religion, politics, individualism, expression, natural history, cultural criticism, life, love, loss, redemption, and beauty.Peart wants every person to persevere through individual trials, and find his or her unique gifts and abilities and, ultimately, true happiness. Most tellingly, Peart does not just profess such things, he has lived them and continues to live them.Never satisfied with second best or any form of defeat, Peart challenges himself time and time again to live up to his own philosophy. And he has succeeded through great personal adversity and, at times, irrational professional jealousy of and hatred toward him, and he has always succeeded through grace.This book carefully examines the influence his life, his witness, and his words have had on others. Neil Peart has lived life to the fullest, and he has made us each better for it
 
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J.R.R. Tolkien's sanctifying myth : understanding Middle-Earth
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American Cicero : the life of Charles CarrollThe American WestSanctifying the world : the Augustinian life and mind of Christopher DawsonThe American democrat and other political writingsThe ring and the cross : Christianity and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien