Robert Nisbet Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Stone, Brad Lowell. “Life.” In Robert Nisbet. Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000.

Provides a brief overview of Nisbet's life and career.


Dunn, Charles W. and J. David Woodward. “The Ten Most Important Beliefs of Conservatism.” In The Conservative Tradition in America, pp. 45-64. Lanham, MD.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.

Discusses Nisbet's role in formulating the precepts of post-World War II American conservatism.

Gans, Herbert J. “The Costs of Inequality.” In Small Comforts for Hard Times: Humanists on Public Policy, pp.414-35. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.

Responds to Nisbet's criticism of intellectuals' pursuit of worldwide, substantive economic equality.

Gould, Julius, “Falsehood Explosion.” The Listener 95 No. 2449 (March 18, 1976): p. 349.

Praises Nisbet's critique of the centralization of political power while dismissing his criticism of mass society.

Nash, George H. “Can the Vital Center Hold.” In The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, pp. 302-28. Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996.

Assesses Nisbet's role in attempting to bridge the gap between conservatives committed to the promotion of religious tradition and those more accepting of contemporary secularism.

Additional coverage of Nisbet's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 25-28R, 153; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 17; and Literature Resource Center.