Buckley William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism (Hardcover)
|Author: Carl T. Bogus|
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|Buckley was an eloquent writer and brilliant polemicist. Deploying his uncommon charm, shrewdly building alliances, and refusing to compromise on core principles, he almost single-handedly transformed conservatism from a set of retrograde attitudes into a revolutionary force. Bogus delivers the most authoritative biography ever published of this vital, larger-than-life figure.|
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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.