Search Results: "William F. Buckley Jr."


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1987

"What drama appears herein stems mainly from the logs quoted, which show naked nerves."
Buckley's third volume of experiences al sea (following Airborne and Atlantic High) and the fluffiest of the three, full of charm and vacancy. 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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NEARER, MY GOD by William F. Buckley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers looking for meaty discussions of Catholic doctrine could do a lot worse."
This eloquent spiritual "autobiography" is, disappointingly, almost entirely about people other than Buckley, and about theology rather than faith. Read full book review >

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THE RAKE by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The entertaining machinations of the Blackford Oates series (Last Call for Blackford Oates, 2005, etc.) are missing from this lackluster effort."
From the veteran political commentator and espionage novelist, a shallow tale of the unmasking of a bigamous presidential contender. Read full book review >

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OVERDRIVE by William F. Buckley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 1983

"171: 'All this was great fun') and virtually without texture."
Again, as in Cruising Speed (1971), Buckley takes us day by day, sometimes hour by hour, through a week or so in his busy, busy life—in this case eight days from the fall of 1981. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1970

"This collection suggests two further secrets of his success: he makes one feel it would be vulgar to dismiss him on the basis of his more detestable political views, and his impieties are after all reassuring."
Mr. Buckley is, like Plato, a man of disappointed political hopes with a distaste for both the demos and the incumbent oligarchy, and a talent for exposing the sophistries of his opponents based on his own sophistical skill. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 20, 1973

"Based on a series of lectures at Russell Sage College, this is to be condensed in the February 1974 issue of Harper's Magazine."
No doubt about it, in this age of Watergate and the tainted Executive, Bill Buckley's general "antistatist" orientation and the dream of deflating the operations of the federal government seem a lot more appealing than ia the mid-'60's when the liberal faith in the benevolent megastate was boundless. Read full book review >

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THE UNMAKING OF A MAYOR by William F. Buckley Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1966

In this extended rejoinder Conservatism's most notable spokesman reviews the issues and events of New York City's 1965 Mayorality campaign in which he was such a controversial participant. Mr. Buckley re-presents his assessments of the city's problems, its political parties, the connections he sees between race, religion and politics, the actualities of the campaign itself, and, perhaps of greater interest now, how he decided to run for Mayor. Read full book review >

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FLYING HIGH by William F. Buckley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"As with anything by Buckley, it is fluent and gossipy (the scene involving Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand is a howler), fun to read and newsworthy."
Two conservative icons meet in a well-considered book, as they often did in life. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS NO MORE by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A tony tale of crimes and punishments."
A stylish, Shavian (as in Irwin), and unabashedly commercial entertainment that allows the ever-elegant Buckley (A Very Private Plot, 1993, etc.) to poke wicked fun at, among other targets, the moral legacy of FDR. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1975

"MPSLUGMISTER Buckley is an arrogant, facile wit and could be considered a very amusing writer indeed if only one could be certain that no one took him seriously."
This weighty (that's poundage, not profundity) miscellanea of the comments of WFB, as Buckley signs himself, spans three years of National Review, and Washington Star syndicated columns plus the occasional piece for Esquire or Redbook. 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 >