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Without an understanding and appreciation of the culture we seek to preserve and protect, the defense of Western civilization is fundamentally futile; a culture that believes in nothing cannot defend itself, because it has nothing to defend. The past not only still has something to tell us, but it also has something that it must tell us.

In this profound and wide-ranging historical survey, Michael Walsh illuminates the ways that the narrative and visual arts both reflect and affect the course of political history, outlining the way forward by arguing for the restoration of the heroic narrative that forms the basis of all Western cultural and religious traditions. Let us listen, then, to the angels of our nature, for better and worse. They have much to tell us, if only we will listen.

©2018 Michael Walsh (P)2018 Tantor

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An unabashed defense of the West.

Thank you, Michael Walsh, for delivering this stunning summary of the exceptionalism of Western culture and civilization. Required reading for all Americans.

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More To Learn!

Michael Walsh has opened up my eyes to the fantastic stories behind the operas in his book. The next few months will have me reading the book and researching all of the operas mentioned.

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Outstanding!

The best explanation of the connection between the arts, culture, society & politics. Ponder Walsh's words.

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Great author,


I enjoyed “Devil’s Pleasure Palace so much I was excited to dive into this. Great book. However not as easy to follow as Devils Pleasure Palace. Still I’ll listen to it again. Tons of meat to chew on.

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  • miasarx
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Great cultural criticism

Walsh is a polymath. He writes well and reads very well. To read/hear him is to receive an education.

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A tour de force

Not just (or at all) a polemic - a tour of our cultural inheritance that should be read by any and all of those of us who still care.

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