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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Encounters Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550651
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. DeWeese on August 29, 2010
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"Who is William F. Buckley?" That's what I asked my wife when I was given a choice of books to read. I had heard the name, but wouldn't have been able to tell you anything about what he did or what he stood for. After reading Christian Encounters: William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott, I have an answer to my question.

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) made American conservatism what it is today. He founded its flagship publication (National Review), organized its youth movement (Young Americans for Freedom), policed its borders (rooting out Birchers, Randians and anti-Semites), argued its intellectual superiority (Firing Line and his unsuccessful bid for New York's mayoralty), and promoted its presidential candidates (Goldwater, unsuccessfully, and Reagan, successfully). He also made mistakes (opposing the Civil Rights Act), adopted controversial positions (legalizing marijuana), and shifted with the times (regarding support for the War on Terror). Along the way, he somehow managed to write dozens of books (memoirs, political essays, spy novels) and squeeze in an exciting life (sailing the Atlantic twice, skiing in Gstaad, playing harpsichord with a symphony). Oh, and he was a devout Roman Catholic, although he sometimes had public disagreements with the church about this or that aspect of its moral doctrine.

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.
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Well known as a conservative, William F. Buckley Jr. served as the editor for the National Review, as well as the host of the show Firing Line. An Irish Catholic, with Protestant roots, Buckley's faith factored heavily into his moral and political stances. He considered liberals and communists enemies, not only to himself, but to the nation as a whole. Buckley was always one to ruffle a few feathers, whether it was calling Yale to return to orthodoxy, or running for mayor of New York, while publicly declaring he knew he had no chance of winning.

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.
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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 practically nothing about him. Well, reading this book will solve that! Being part of the Christian Encounters Series, the author shows how his faith was intimately linked with his political opinions and actions. Now, don't get me wrong, the book does not focus primarily on Mr. Buckley's religious beliefs, it's primarily a biography and it discusses religion where it fits in.

As for myself, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. Nice and short, it gives the reader a good overview of the great man's life without becoming bogged down in minutiae. I found it to be interesting and informative, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it.
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