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William F. Buckley (Christian Encounters Series) Paperback – August 16, 2010
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The book is a general view of what Buckley did in his life to promote Christian values in politics. This biography is an easy read and gives us enough specifics about Buckley's life that you can form a verbal picture of him in your mind. There are quotes from some of Buckley's speeches, excerpts from his TV show, and samples of his articles in the National Review. It was inspiring to see someone conservative stand up for what he believed in and refuse to back down from liberal arguments. When we see more people today trying to be politically correct, Buckley used wit to argue for what he believed was right.
I probably wouldn't have picked up a long biography on Buckley before reading this book, but this one is just the right length at about 140 pages. Lott also has a suggested reading list and Youtube viewing list that I found helpful and entertaining.
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Jeremy Lott's biography, William F. Buckley, is the most recent installment in the Christian Encounters series published by Thomas Nelson. Other installments include St. Patrick, St. Francis, John Bunyan, Isaac Newton, Jane Austen, and Winston Churchill. Lott's biography, like the series, is short and well-written, although a tad pricey for a paperback. It is a good starting point for those who seek a breezy introduction to the life of American conservatism's founder. The major downside of the biography is that it touches on Buckley's religious life ever so slightly, which is strange for a book in a series called Christian Encounters.
Before reading this book, I was not terribly familiar with William F. Buckley. Sure, I had heard of him, but I did not really know much about him. Jeremy Lott did an excellent job with this biographical book, making me want to learn more about a man that I never knew I never knew. Suddenly, I want to read Buckley's books, I want to watch clips of his shows, and I want to learn a whole lot more about Communism.
I find most biographies to be a bit stale, but such was not the case with Lott's book. This is part of the Christian Encounters series by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and I can only hope that the other books in the series come alive as well as this one did. It read almost as well as a novel, literally playing like a movie in my mind. I am sure this is partly due to the colorful nature of Buckley's character, but I believe there is also praise due to the writing.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about Buckley, to anyone interested in learning about historical figures, particularly during the Cold War era.
Author Jeremy Lott has collected and condensed a wealth of information in a short (152 pages), easy to read book about the man many consider to be the father of the contemporary conservative movement in America. Lott, an editor at Real Clear Politics and Capital Research Center offers readers a thorough overview of Buckley's life and times with sufficient detail as to provide appealing insight. We want to find out more about this man and Lott offers plenty of references and suggestions. Appendix One is titled, "Recommended Reading" and is Lott's suggestions as to how to approach the many books, articles, and biographical writings of, about, and by William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925 - 2008). Detailed notes with bibliographical references follows although we would have preferred to have seen an index included as well.
Lott contends that Buckley was motivated (driven, in fact) by his faith. Buckley was Roman Catholic and had Irish-Protestant roots. During his stint in the military, he served in the honor guard at FDR's funeral and, shortly after, enrolled at Yale.Read more ›
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William F. Buckley was the founding father of the modern Conservative movement in America, but I would lay odds that most people who consider themselves Conservatives know... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
William F. Buckley was one of my favorite TV personalities growing up in the 1960 and 1970s. Although neither an actor nor signer, Buckley was an immensely erudite and entertaining... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Douglas Groothuis
I received my copy of this book free from the Amazon Vine Program, in exchange for writing a review of it. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Lisa Kearns
This book review is part of my obligation to Amazon for accepting to be a member of the Vine program, a club of selected customers that provide opinions about "new and pre-released... Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Esperanza Reynolds
This is a well thought out short read about William F. Buckley, This is not a long comprehensive biography. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Scott Sylvan Bell
William F. Buckley has been a voice in the wilderness for years. Outspoken critic of Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives, he fought the war against Communism with gusto. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by B. McGregor
William F. Buckley (1925-2008) was a conservative stalwart and polymath: author of nonfiction and popular spy novels, editor, talk show host, gadfly political aspirant, and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Patrick J. Sullivan
Buckley was a truly remarkable man who lived a truly remarkable life and remarked on it eloquently. Jeremy Lott does a good job of telling the story and of placing it in the... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by R. S. Corzine
This was my first read of the series "Christian Encounters" so I didn't know what to expect. My initial thoughts were the content was a bit dry and shouldn't a biography have... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Thee~Classy~Gal