William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

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William F. Buckley Jr., was the foremost architect of the conservative movement that swept the American political landscape from the 1960s to the early 2000s. When Buckley launched National Review in 1955, conservatism was a beleaguered, fringe segment of the Republican Party. Three decades later Ronald Reagan-who credited National Review with shaping his beliefs-was in the White House. Buckley and his allies devised a new-model conservatism that replaced traditional ideals with a passionate belief in the free market, religious faith, and an aggressive stance on foreign policy.

Buckley was an eloquent writer and brilliant polemicist whose works are still required texts for conservatives. His TV show Firing Line and his campaign for mayor of New York City made him a celebrity; his wit and zest for combat made conservatism fun. But Buckley was far more than a controversialist. Deploying his uncommon charm, shrewdly building alliances, and refusing to compromise on core principles, he almost single-handedly transformed conservatism from a set of retrograde attitudes into a revolutionary force. Scholar Carl T. Bogus gives us the most authoritative biography ever published of this vital, larger-than-life figure.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596915800
Characteristics: x, 405 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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bubbazannetti Jan 17, 2012

Uggh. Tried but could only finish the first few chapters and looked at the photos. I get the fact Buckley wrote "god and man at Yale". Mr. Bogus doesn't have to repeat this throughout the book. Also repeating Buckley developed the National Review is not needed. I get a feeling in reading the book that mr. Bogus was not enthused with Buckley as a bio. I'm not sure why mr. Bogus even wrote the book or picked Buckley as a topic. Very strange but not worth the effort to read. Hope someone else does Buckley justice, this book did not.


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