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Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus Hardcover – July 27, 2010
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Linda Bridges was hired by William F. Buckley Jr. for the editorial department of National Review in 1969, and served as his literary assistant for the last five years of his life.
Roger Kimball is co-editor and publisher of The New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books. He is also an art critic for the London Spectator and National Review and a regular columnist for Pajamas Media. Among his other books are Art’s Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity and Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education.
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Unfortunately, WFB died in February of 2008. And by that time he had already stepped back a bit from the public stage (but had not withdrawn completely). During his most active years he could be more often found on the road and at the podium speaking all over the country and the world as well as writing his columns three times per week (later twice weekly), editing "National Review" and providing piece for it, as well. He also had to tape weekly shows for "Firing Line", and at least once in mid-career he played his beloved harpsichord in public concert with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. I saw him perform once on, I think, the David Letterman show. He wasn't a brilliant keyboardist, but made up for it with passion and enthusiasm. Oh, and there was also the novel writing. He wrote 11 Blackford Oakes novels and several novels not including his trademarked hero.
While you can still find his books in the used book markets, most are, most sadly, out of print. And while he had periodic collections of his columns printed in books, many never made that cut. Now we are blessed with this wonderful collection of writings. Some from books, some from columns, and some from articles. According to the editors, about half of the material has never been in print before. And, if you don't have a handy shelf full of WFB's several dozen books (did it reach 50?), you will find this one volume a great treasure.Read more ›
As a man of tomes, a conservative, and a lover of well-turned verse, I looked forward to this book with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. All too often, conservatives - represented in popular culture as unintelligent, bigoted, narrow-minded, and uneducated or a combination thereof - shrink from argument and discourse for fear of the stereotype. Buckley gave us a firm, eloquent, erudite, and unyielding voice backed with incontrovertible facts; with this collection he still does.
Some memorable quotes:
"To be sure, a great nation can indulge its little extravagances; but a long enough series of little extravagances can add up to a stagnating if not crippling economic overhead." - This could be from a column written today about government spending but was written by Buckley in 1959.
"Stifle the economic sovereignty of the individual by spending his dollars for him, and you stifle his freedom. Socialize the individual's surplus and you socialize his spirit and creativeness, you cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters." - Powerful statement regarding socialism.
and, the final word on Watergate:
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This is a wonderful book of articles excerpts and letters written over the life of an exceptional American. Read morePublished 14 months ago by stephen a. ernst
Long, long book. You'd better love this man or era to endure the book. Having said that I did enjoy the history and his view of events & people. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sailing
I reminds me of the great intellect, humor and wisdom that died with him, and my need for the dictionary built into the Kindle!Published on February 8, 2014 by BobH
Did not care for this book that much. VERY much for intellectuals ALOT of bvery long words ..Pretty DRY reading . Would Not reccommendPublished on January 29, 2014 by Alan L. Opie
I know, I know, but when you strip away everything, William F. Buckley Jr. and his family and his life was very interesting, and learning more of this chapter in history has made... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Dennis Sirianni
A Collection of William F. Buckley 's writings n many varied topics, this is written beautifully in the style and vocabulary he made he was famous for. Recommended.Published on November 19, 2013 by Kindle Customer
If you like Wm. F. Buckley Jr., and you should, you're going to love this book. The reason being that it consists of lots of shorter articles, polemics, and, oh, just read the... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by RG
This was an excellent compilation of Mr. Buckley's works. And some of his best stuff. His understanding of complex issues at their most early stage shows what a first rate... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by neil sorrentino