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Living It Up with National Review Hardcover – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company; First Edition edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retired reporter and editor—as well as big sister to one of the best-known conservatives in the country, William F. Buckley Jr.—Buckley takes readers behind the scenes as she plays an instrumental role at National Review, the conservative publication of record, from its inception in 1955 to its 50th anniversary this year. Scattered among details of deadlines, the challenges of running a startup publication and the revolving staff are anecdotes from Buckley's own life within her large family, and tales regarding her passion for the sporting life. There are some fine sections; the chapter on the many young editorial assistants who have worked for Buckley is humorous, and she writes about her sister Maureen's untimely death with grace and quiet sadness. However, reading this memoir is somewhat like sitting with an elderly aunt and listening to stories from days past; one yarn tends to run into the next, and unless there is a true interest in the inner workings of the subject at hand—in this case, the publication and its founding family—her tale may be too dry to hold many people's interest. (Oct.)
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"I envy the exhilaration that will come to everyone who picks up this book." -- William F. Buckley Jr.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Raymond H. Smeeth on April 25, 2006
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What will we do when the Buckley clan is gone? First John Wayne, then Ronald Reagan, now the Buckleys, WFB and his sister, Priscilla gradually recede from our consciousness, followed ineluctably in time by Paul Harvey we tearfully conclude. Giants all. This book is to be cherished, as with brother Bill's memoir of last year ("And Miles Gone By"), like a strand of hair from a saint; to be pulled out every now and then and pressed to one's heart in longing remembrance of the grandeur that humankind can produce so resplendently every now and again in individuals(as opposed to collectively). Read the book and weep, but with a smile on one's face mirroring the same that radiantly graced it's author's lo these many years.
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Living It Up At National Review is a memoir by Priscilla L. Buckley, who spent forty-three years as an editor at National Review. The exploits of her brother William F. Buckley among many other "brilliant but highly combustible" characters come alive in this engaging and folksy collection of true tales of daily life amid a national icon of conservatism. An index allows for quick reference in this highly readable and enjoyable reflection on the highs, lows, and weirdness present in the author's remarkable and vivacious working life.
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Living It Up At National Review is a memoir by Priscilla L. Buckley, who spent forty-three years as an editor at National Review. The exploits of her brother William F. Buckley among many other "brilliant but highly combustible" characters come alive in this engaging and folksy collection of true tales of daily life amid a national icon of conservatism. An index allows for quick reference in this highly readable and enjoyable reflection on the highs, lows, and weirdness present in the author's remarkable and vivacious working life.
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