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The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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“Patrick Buchanan, an ardent voice of conservatism, Washington insider, columnist, and presidential candidate, deserves a good biography. This is it. Timothy Stanley, a young English scholar and himself a former candidate for Parliament, brings a fresh, outsider's eye to the remarkable career of Pat Buchanan.” ―Donald T. Critchlow, Barry Goldwater Chair of American Institutions, Arizona State University
“Stanley's biography of Pat Buchanan combines meticulous research, including the fruits of multiple interviews, with highly accessible prose and judicious judgments.” ―Paul Gottfried, author of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right
“The life story of Pat Buchanan offers a new and fascinating angle on the rise of the conservative Right. Stanley's eye for both the telling detail and the big story insures that The Crusader is not only fascinating biography, it is also very important history.” ―Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
“For more than three decades, Pat Buchanan has lived a fascinating, aggressive life swimming in the crosscurrents of conservative revolt. He has articulated the cause, not as a sideline commentator but as a gladiator in the arena. He has been often written off, but as a writer, moralist, candidate, and talking head, Buchanan keeps bouncing back. In The Crusader, Timothy Stanley has written a compelling, important history of this durable man and his colorful times.” ―Adam Clymer, author of Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography
“An engrossing look inside an ultra-conservative mind.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Drawing on interviews with Buchanan's friends, colleagues, and adversaries and with Buchanan himself, Stanley highlights the strongly held beliefs that helped launch the culture wars that sharply contrast the visions of religious, Republican conservatives and secularist, Democratic liberals. Stanley details Buchanan's career trajectory, his rambunctious candidacies, frustration with the Republican Party, and enduring influence on a new generation of conservative Republicans.” ―Booklist
“Stanley interviewed Buchanan extensively, which allowed him to produce a cooperative, but unauthorized biography. ... Stanley does a good job introducing Buchanan to non-movement Conservatives. For the uninitiated, The Crusader serves as a very good greatest hits album. For the initiated, there are plenty of deep tracks, too.” ―Human Events
“The reader of Timothy Stanley's biography, The Crusader, cannot help being impressed by the durability of Buchanan's career.” ―The Washington Post
About the Author
Timothy Stanley is a historian of the United States at Oxford University. He blogs on American politics for the London Daily Telegraph and has written for The Atlantic, Dissent, and National Review.
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Stanley was a candidate for the UK Parliament in 2005, making him the youngest person to have run for that office since 1969. He was raised a Baptist in Southern England and converted to Catholicism while at University. He now divides his time between London and Los Angeles.
Stanley's academic work looks at the relationship between biography, culture, and politics in order to establish how faith and ideology come about. His historical writing avoids theory and partisan critique - something that has won him praise from both liberal and conservative critics.
Top Customer Reviews
The second reason relates to the way Americans incorporate out knowledge of history into the narrative through which we practice politics. That narrative paints one side as the forces of good and the other of evil. Buchanan is ignored because he ill fits into the rigid dogma of left and right as diametrically opposed forces. That's unfortunate, because he has much to teach us.
After two brief chapters on Buchanan's early life, the first part of the book deals with the man as a mostly loyal Republican. Probably the most curious aspect of Buchanan's early policies was his hawkishness. In 1970, "Pat sent another memo to [President Nixon] saying that he should hit the antiwar protesters more... What the masses wanted [Buchanan] said, was a 'fighting president' not a 'professional president.'" Stanley also captures Buchanan at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where he watched Mayor Daley's police throttle protesters from atop a balcony with the writer Norman Mailer. To the latter's shouts of "Pigs! Fascists!" Buchanan returned, "Hey, you've missed one!"
In the second part of the book, we see Buchanan assert himself against a wayward party. Believing that the Republicans had lost their way, he ran against the incumbent George H. W.Read more ›
Buchanan's books get pilloried for broaching subjects that violate the liberal orthodoxy and make even spineless Republicans scatter for the tall grass. He is only documenting what most informed citizens instinctively know - sans the data to back up those instincts. Another example of the fable of the "Emperor's New Clothes". Few of us today exhibit his courage in inviting the wrath of the "political correctness police". Pat is a national treasure who deserved better than Stanley's cheap shots.
a generous 3 stars
I fear I owe Mr. Stanley an apology. The first paragraph of the above review was based on a hasty perusal that evidenced, in my opinion, a few gratuitous snipes. Having encountered far too much of that treatment in other political writing my first reaction was rather negative. I have since had the opportunity to read, from cover to cover, the above book and found it very balanced and insightful. Stanley introduces us to a lot of the behind-the-scenes campaign strategies and machinations that us lay folks rarely see. There are also many interesting vignettes of the important players in Buchanan's circle of ideological fellow travelers. Again, my apologies Mr. Stanley, for not giving you an initial fair reading and appraisal.Read more ›
Those seeking a book that will give a VERDICT on P.B. as an ideologue (i.e., were his positions holy or damnable, etc.) will be happier looking elsewhere. Those who ask "Does he hurt the Republican Party?" and the like, seeking material for future exchanges of invective in partisan mudslinging won't find it here. The author wants to introduce us to an individual who is much broader than such narrow parameters. And he succeeds.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this book up looking for a good read on Pat Buchanan and got much more !! There's plenty here on the man, but it is also a great story of politics from the fifties on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mando
Great read about a man who was there! A much maligned, misunderstood political figure.Published 10 months ago by EMG
I didn't get the impression the author liked Pat Buchanan. Those who enjoy Pat's wit and ability to recall historical information at the drop of a hat will be surprised. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James M. Flint
Fascinating, in-depth, even-handed, behind-the-scenes portrait of a Living Legend. Buchanan's command of history, and of the acid-tipped pen, make him the World' Greatest Living... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ulysses of Ithaca
The author seems a bit biased against Pat from time to time. Pat's early life is much better told in his autobiography 'Right from the Beginning", but I like this book for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jove
The twenty-something-year-old author of this book, a transatlantic cosmopolite of British origin, has chosen American politics as his academic and- now professional- focus. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by J. Michael
Comprehensive look at a fascinating man and his life's work and a fine nod to his wife and sister. Pat, not known for his shyness, is contraversial but for purpose. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Dr. James A. Glasscock
This poorly written book omits many important facts like how Pat was a racist just like the author of this book.Published on November 30, 2012 by Kernan