William F. Buckley, Jr. is one of the most consequential figures in the latter half of the twentieth century - arguably the most consequential - because he transformed conservatism from a fringe movement to a tidal wave that swept across American politics. Carl Bogus's penetrating biography-the first serious consideration of his impact on American history to be published since Buckley's death-focuses on the years from Buckley's founding of the National Review in 1955 to the election of Richard M. Nixon in 1968, marking the conservative ascendancy in Washington.
The enormously appealing Buckley-WASPy but never stiff, combative but always humorous-was a new kind of conservative. Through his columns, appearances, and editorship of the National Review, he was strategist, kingmaker, and frontman all at once. . Ronald Reagan credited Buckley with transforming him from a liberal Democrat to perhaps the most successful right-wing politician of the century. Both Samuel Alito and Rush Limbaugh have said Buckley was the single biggest influence on their worldview.
This larger-than-life character was not without his flaws, and the movement he built has certainly been a mixed blessing for America. But even his enemies had to admire his zest for the battle of ideas. Here, acclaimed legal scholar Carl Bogus crafts a masterful biography and a brilliant work of political history, giving the world the most authoritative account ever published of the life and deeds of William F. Buckley Jr.
- Genre: Political Science, Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Political Ideologies / Conservatism + Liberalism, Political
- Format: hardcover
- Release Date:
October 25, 2011
- Date Published:
October 25, 2011
Author: Carl T. Bogus
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- Online Item #: 13712367
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-6153
- ISBN: 9781596915800
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