Search Results: "William F. Buckley Jr"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"In all, an assortment to entertain even some language lovers who find Buckley's politics less than amusing."
A whimsical miscellany that is essentially what Vaughan (Buckley's editor at Doubleday), in his introduction, calls it, a "book on language," although it does not hold itself opprobrious, reprehensible, or peccant for wandering off topic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A disagreeing but rarely disagreeable argument with a figure far easier to debate on the page than in person."
A professed liberal's assessment of the rise, reign and enduring legacy of William F. Buckley (1925-2008), the godfather of the modern conservative movement. Read full book review >

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THE REDHUNTER by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"Brisk, engrossing, vintage Buckley (Brothers No More, 1995, etc.). Given that it's a tale unabashedly partisan, it is - for the most part - surprisingly credible. (Author tour)"
A fictional portrait of Joe McCarthy - sympathetic but not sanitized - in which clay feet replace cloven hooves. Read full book review >

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A VERY PRIVATE PLOT by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"Top-drawer storytelling, as Blackford scrabbles for his soul."
In the best Blackford Oakes novel yet (Tucker's Last Stand, 1991, etc.), the master of the double bind builds a plot that places the CIA chief of covert ops squarely between the Maelstrom and the Wandering Rocks. Read full book review >

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HIGH JINX by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1986

"Nonetheless: reasonably lively, relatively literate spy-diversion—especially in contrast to the lumbering idiocies of Robert Ludlum (below)."
Thus far, the adventures of CIA-agent Blackford Oakes have followed him chronologically through the Fifties and early Sixties: from Saving the Queen to See You Later Alligator, from the Space Race to the Berlin Wall to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 23, 1971

"And if you enjoy watching him mapping the strategies and choosing the rhetorical weapons for his duels, Cruising Speed will provide an airy outing."
Bill Buckley, columnist, editor, lecturer, TV moderator, bon vivant spokesman of "constructive conservatism" is a busy, busy, busy gadfly among the knee-jerk liberals — as this characteristically self-important, and uncharacteristically introspective journal of one week's hobbings and nobbings will show. Read full book review >

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UP FROM LIBERALISM by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: June 15, 1959

The author of God and Man at Yale, co-author of McCarthy and His Enemies and one of the most articulate spokesmen for the Right, attempts here to discredit "doctrinaire Liberalism and plead the viability of enlightened conservatism". Read full book review >

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ELVIS IN THE MORNING by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Too strange for fans of Buckley's Blackford Oakes series (A Very Private Plot, 1994, etc.) and not Elvis-centered enough to please his vast fandom, but it'd be a shame if a story this unpredictable and fun fell through the cracks."
The fresh and amusing, if somewhat unfocused, story of an idealistic young man's lifelong friendship with the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"It's a bravura performance, albeit one indelibly marked by Buckley's perpetually righteous, and right-wing, stance."
It's interesting to note, in these days of political realignment, that—per the subtitle—Buckley now seems to be calling himself a ``libertarian'' rather than a ``conservative''- -though you wouldn't know it from the almost invariably middle-of- the-road to left-leaning targets he spits darts at in this generous collection of National Review columns (1985-93), speeches, and essays from Playboy, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 26, 1990

"While one may argue with the specifics of Buckley's proposal, one cannot deny that he has written a provocative apologia for a timely idea."
Long the dean of American conservative thought, Buckley here surprisingly—and eloquently—espouses a new government program: voluntary, nonmilitary National Service. Read full book review >

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TUCKER'S LAST STAND by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1990

"Sensible spying, with buffoonish Lyndon Johnson for comic relief."
Following a clear, hard-edged recovery in Mongoose, R.I.P. (1987), Buckley keeps up the pace in his literate Blackford Oakes spy series. Read full book review >

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SAVING THE QUEEN by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: Jan. 9, 1975

"Don't go Hunting around for other affiliations (speculate if you will why Blacky's girl Sally is sexily 'prehensile') and take it as is—suede-gloved intrigue."
Mr. Buckley's first novel takes place under not so deep CIA cover in the '50's and it is an unassailable entertainment which tells an original story with suave good humor. Read full book review >