William F. Buckley Jr. was a fierce conservative, the founder of the influential National Review, and author of over 50 books, including a spy novel series, biographies, and memoirs about fine living and food, in addition to his political writing. Known for his vast vocabulary, his scathing wit, and his larger-than-life personality (he ran for mayor of New York City, and crossed the Atlantic on a sailboat), Buckley is considered one of the people who salvaged the popularity of conservatism in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in a golden age of Republicanism as embodied in the Reagan years. Born into a wealthy oil family, Buckley attended Yale, though he blasted his alma mater as a den of collectivism and liberal elitism. He later served in both the U.S. Army and the CIA. Though he was called "the scourge of liberalism" by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Buckley worked hard to purge conservatism of its ugly factions such as anti-Semitic groups, and at times broke ranks with the party, calling for a decriminalization of marijuana and claiming that the Iraq War was a failure. He died February 27, 2008, of unspecified causes--he was found dead at his writing desk.
"[A] book of charm and grace and wit....MILES GONE BY is an elegant book, one of Buckley's best, and the man the reader meets in these pages is the Platonic ideal of a dinner companion, a raconteur whose pomposity is calculated and whose self-deprecating charms."
From the Publisher
A collection of fifty years of personal essays by William F. Buckley, Jr. illuminates his career in the army, his love of sailing and wine, his interests in religion and politics, and his memories of the people who most influenced him.