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Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“How liberals should write about conservatives.” ―New York Times Magazine
“Remarkably perceptive… Mr. Bogus rises to the occasion, crafting a formative biography and history that is not only interesting and relevant, but an essential study of Buckley and the post-World War II conservative movement. This is an important book. Anyone, of any political stripe, interested in learning more about the rise of conservatism as a movement in the mid-20th century needs to read Carl T. Bogus‘ Buckley.” ―Washington Times
“[Bogus'] discussion of the various intellectual players is well informed, and he makes a useful contribution to understanding the contending variations of modern American conservatism.” ―New York Times Book Review
“Worth reading” ―James B. Burnham, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Bogus makes skillful use of unpublished letters and other contemporaneous literature to evoke the postwar furors that informed Buckley's early career and that prompted his famous battle cry, in National Review's inaugural issue, to stand athwart history, yelling ‘Stop!'” ―Washington Post
“Bogus capably mixes admiration with critique” ―New Republic
“A thoughtful blend of biography and intellectual history … Bogus vividly encapsulates how radically Buckley ‘changed America's political realities ... a feat so great that it is almost impossible to overstate.'” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is an insightful book that will please anyone interested in midcentury American history and politics. Anyone serious about political philosophy will learn from it. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal (starred)
“Carl T. Bogus has given us a very fine biography of William F. Buckley Jr., the founder and central figure of the American conservative movement. Without Buckley we might not have had the Reagan presidency. As editor of National Review, columnist, author of many books, and host of the TV show Firing Line, Buckley seemed to be everywhere. Nothing like this had happened in American history.” ―Jeffrey Hart, Professor of English Emeritus, Dartmouth College; former senior editor, National Review; author, The Making of the Conservative Mind; National Review and its Times
“I found this book to be well-written,well-informed, and fair minded. Carl Bogus is very solid on the various forms of conservatism in the 50s and 60s and Buckley's role in defining his version. He also includes terrific, lengthy passages on Vietnam, civil rights, Reagan, Mayor Lindsay, Ayn Rand, and Russell Kirk.” ―James Patterson, Brown University, Bancroft Prize-winning author of Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974
“Carl Bogus has given us a terrific new book on William F. Buckley that is neither hagiography nor ideological axe-grinding. Buckley is a serious and thoughtful discussion of the nature of modern American conservatism and Buckley's role in shaping it. Liberals and conservatives will both gain immensely from this readable and entertaining work of scholarship.” ―Vincent J. Cannato, author of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York
“not a traditional cradle-to-grave biography but an ongoing conversation about and argument with Buckley” ―Kirkus
About the Author
Carl T. Bogus is professor of law at Roger Williams University and a nationally recognized expert on politics, law, and the Constitution. His previous books include Why Lawsuits are Good for America and The Second Amendment in Law and History (co-editor).
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The details the author does give of Buckley were to me very surprising. I always thought of him as the quintessential Yankee but it turns out his father was a Texan. Also, he wasn't born to some dynasty but was the son of a self-made man. I guess Buckley was one of those people who was good at making his own image.
The reason I cite this particular biblical proverb is that the information in this book is nearly all new to me.
Going by my limited knowledge of the subject, it seems to me that Mr. Bogus has been very fair, very even-handed, and very thorough in his coverage. But I reserve the right to change my opinion if and when further information on Mr. Buckley and "National Review" should come to light.
Having said all that, I also find this book very readable. Although Mr. Bogus is a self-described political liberal, here he has assembled not only a light biography of Mr. Buckley, but a useful overview of movement conservatism in the mid 20th century.
"The Rise of American Conservatism" is the more appropriate title.
Where is the meat...where is Buckley? Insight into Buckley is limited, dated and superficial.
The author provides more background and fill than is required for a reader with more than a casual understanding of the times, issues and key individuals related to the conservative movement.