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Up From Liberalism Hardcover – January 1, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Stein & Day; Reissue edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812829697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812829693
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy A. A. Purves on April 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a college student studying on a liberal college campus who will probably pursue a career in Constitutional law. Reading this book has helped me understand my political philosophy much more clearly. Up From Liberalism by William F. Buckley, Jr. is a witty, sagacious, and very perceptive book declaring the fresh conservative alternative to liberal establishment politics. It is a must read for anyone really serious about being a political conservative. Although most of Buckley's comments are referring to past political history in the 40's and 50's, it helps one understand the ideological battle that has been raging for years in the political spectrum. Sparkling with humour and intellectual fun, Buckley quickly dispatches of his opponents' ideas with the ease of a master swordsman. This book is still valuable to read because the philosophy of liberals today hasn't really changed. To them, Government is still the answer to all of our problems. If you are a liberal, reading this book will help you understand the arguments against your position. If you are a conservative, this book will give you enjoyment, but also valid logical proof of why one should believe in limited government. I hope that everyone even slightly interested in politics reads this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Those who came of age politically in the 1980s or later can hardly comprehend the influence Bill Buckley had on the modern conservative movement.
        He was, by far, the most attractive and thrilling conservative intellect for decades, and more than equal in debate to any liberal intellectual, as we learned on many occasions. Conservative students of my generation, confronted with an overwhelming liberal (and often unbearably smug) faculty, were greatly reassured by the knowledge that Buckley could smash the arguements of anyone on the liberal side.
        Though Up From Liberalism concerns itself largely with issues that date back to the sixties, the combination of humor and erudition Buckley uses to skewer the liberal establishment gives the book a timeless appeal.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By RWR on March 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Learn to think; stop regurgitating.

I am quite fond of this book, although Buckley has written and continues to write words of great elucidation. This one has been most formative for me. It is dated in its references, but the thought process and basis for reasoning is tried and true. Highly recommended for young people; especially those who consider themselves to be in one place or another politically, but are not entirely sure of the logic behind their beliefs, and would like to begin the journey of becoming a homo sapien.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The 1960s brought such turbulence to the structure of American politics, but one revolution is difficult to find.

In this one book, William F. Buckley, Jr., produced an early blueprint to an emerging conservative movement, which ultimately reached fruition in the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan to the office of president.

The importance cannot be emphasized enough that the 1964 nomination by the Republican Party of Sen. Barry Goldwater for president began - in part - through the libertarian views set forth by Buckley, Jr. At that convention, conservatives seized the reins of power from the moderate establishment, led by Nelson Rockefeller, though the movement suffered a tremendous defeat in the general election.

Up From Liberalism, no matter which edition, is a vital piece of the American political landscape. That it is virtually impossible to find is utterly mystifying.
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