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  • By Thomas Stamper on July 9, 2000

    Back in my college days I first saw Bill Buckley in a TV ad imploring me to read NATIONAL REVIEW. He never directly stated the magazines leanings, but promised that they were decidedly different and quite possibly much like my own. He was right on both counts. I've spent the subsequent years reading about every splinter brand of American Conservatism, but Mr. Buckley's views are still most like my own. For this, I can highly recommend this collection.For those of you whose views may substantially differ with Mr. Buckley, I can name a couple of reasons why this book might be of interest. 1) You'll learn the components of a wonderfully given speech. Buckley is able to tie in the locale and group he's speaking to in such a way that it seems that he has been waiting his whole life to give this particular speech at this particular location. 2) He blends humor into the most serious of speeches in such a way that it never seems forced. He's good at relating a particularly good barb leveled at him (laughter) to be followed by an even sharper retort (more laughter). 3) He has a gentle nature that comes through again and again. His overachieving hasn't seemed to get in the way of his many friendships or in the love of his family.I don't know if history will speak of William F. Buckley Jr., 200 years, but any evidence that need be shown to his importance could be summed up in this volume. If you have never read Mr. Buckley this would be a great way to start.

  • By J. McBrearty on August 11, 2017

    Each speech reveals another step in the development of Buckley's view of the world and the formation of his rapier intelligence. If you want learn facility of language or have a speech class to conquer, read this guy. If you can get re-runs of his interviews, buy them.

  • By George P. Shadroui on March 1, 2001

    Bill Buckley is quite simply a man of remarkable gifts who never ceases to make us think. Long before it was fashionable to speak out against communism, Buckley was there making the intellectual and moral case against totalitarianism on the left. When the Berlin Wall came crashing down, Mr. Buckley, as much as any intellectual pundit in the country, had a right to feel proud. When Ronald Reagan became president, Mr. Buckley deserved to take a bow for fashioning a conservative movement (beginning in the 1950s) that was articulate, humane, stylish and at long last empowered. Buckley is known for his wit, his repartee and his unique mannerisms, but what is not known as widely is that he is quite simply one of the kindest public men around -- as anyone who has corresponded with him knows. This collection traces the remarkable intellectual and political journey of one of America's best known writers and personalities. Undergirding all that Buckley writes is a deep and abiding faith in God, country and family. You won't want to miss this great collection.

  • By Thomas on January 25, 2018

    Brilliant and dynamic, Bill Buckley Jr. took on the tough issues and defined conservatism and its foundations. Our USAa much better country becase of his work. Tom C.

  • By Linda on March 6, 2017

    I bought this for my son. It was in very good shape, and it was less expensive than other offerings. I want him to finish reading it so he will share with me!

  • By Stevie on January 18, 2015

    Fodder for WFB acolytes when they are not on YouTube watching old Firing Line clips. Makes one want to put on a rep tie and sit quietly, enjoying the master of literate sarcasm, with a bit of muted Mozart playing quietly in the background on one's classic Grundig 960. Ah....those really were the days!

  • By raebear on September 7, 2010

    A phenomenal work by a phenomenal man. One of the most, if not the most, articulate, logical and clear headed thinker of our day. An easy fun read, though his grasp and usage of the language will have you grabbing the dictionary for a definition occasionally, making it a learning experience on multiple levels. No one articulates classic liberalism/modern conservatism anywhere near as well; or proves the fallacy and fraud that is modern liberal/progressive/collectivist thought better than he. RIP WFB, we miss you.

  • By Shalom Freedman on January 13, 2007

    William Buckley Jr. is an individual who changed the course of history. As an undergraduate at Yale he dared to challenge the liberal domination of American political life and thought. He began his long and courageous path as spokesman for a wholly different way of thinking about America and the world, one in which patriotism, religious faith, emphasis on the free market, had a central place.In this book of speeches we have a select group of the hundreds he has given over nearly fifty years as a political intellectual. Buckley is a man of broad liberal education who has a wide range of interests from Sailing to the playing of the Harpsichord. However his main work through all the years as dominating spiritual presence of 'National Review' and as writer of many books in many genres has been to promote the Conservative agenda for America.I nonetheless found this work to be filled with moving personal tributes to many of his friends. These include ideological opponents like John Kenneth Galbraith and figures of distinction such as Henry Kissinger,Walter Chronkite , Milton Freedman, James Burnham, Frederich Hayek, Henry RegneryBuckley also makes a moving speech about his brother James Buckley. He is described as a person of total honesty and integrity. Buckley also has good things to say about the apple that did not fall from the tree, the novelist and writer Christopher Buckley.One of the most moving passages in the book is speech at the funeral of long- time friend Richard Clurman." It came to me last Thursday, when just after midnight my son reached me at the hotel, that I have always subconsciously looked out for the total Christian, and when I found him,he turned out to be a nonpracticing Jew. It will require the balance of my own lifetime to requite what he gave to me"These are the speeches of an important political thinker writer and journalist but also of a person whose life has embodied values of family and friendship which are taught by his own thought.I should also add that over five decades of speeches touch upon a broad variety of public issues in which agree with him or not, Buckley's remarks always address with imagination and interest.


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