Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Review of 'Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr And The Rise Of American Conservatism'

James E. Pearson Jr wrote a good review of Carl T. Bogus' book on the late William F. Buckley Jr and American Conservatism in the Washington Times.

Give the late William F. Buckley credit: The witty conservative writer, editor, talk-show host, debater and bon vivant was unafraid to allow liberal biographers extensive access to his life and private papers. In 1988, socialist true-believer John B. Judis published his wide-ranging, well-researched “William F. Buckley Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives.”

... Carl T. Bogus, a self-styled liberal and a law professor at Roger Williams University, has brought forth “Buckley,” a remarkably perceptive biography.

“We often get a better grasp of our own perspective by reflecting on opposing perspectives; sometimes, in fact, that is the best method of self-understanding,” he writes. “It is for these reasons that I believe the story of William F. Buckley Jr. and the rise of American conservatism is not only interesting but also relevant to our present moment.”

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

I look forward to reading this book as Buckley was one of my favorite writers. I reviewed two of his books for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

You can read my review of Buckley's The Reagan I Knew via the below link:

You can also read my review of Buckley's last spy thriller Last Call for Blackford Oakes via the below link:

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