Buckley was an eloquent writer and brilliant polemicist whose works are still required texts for conservatives. His TV show, Firing Line, and his campaign for mayor of New York City made him a celebrity; his wit and zest for combat made conservatism fun. But Buckley was far more than a controversialist. Deploying his uncommon charm, shrewdly building alliances, and refusing to compromise on core principles, he almost single-handedly transformed conservatism from a set of retrograde attitudes into a revolutionary force. Scholar Carl T. Bogus gives us the most authoritative biography ever published of this vital, larger-than-life figure.
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By Edward on 03-12-15
Great coverage of Buckley and the conservative mov
I got alot of listening to this audiobook. The narrator was excellent. I learned about the early conservative movement and history of the movement.
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By John in PA on 18-07-14
Unbalanced panoramic of conservatism - No Buckley
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Only Liberals, Progressives and Leftists that are intellectually dishonest idealogues who demonstrate that they are incapable of tolerating diversity would like this book.
What could Carl T. Bogus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Instead of lampooning Buckley with ideological bias he could have stated the case from Buckley's side and then stated the case from his own bias view; and with that he could have showed how he was right. As it stands however, Mr. Bogus is simply advancing unsound ideology against a well respected man who has sadly passed. The content will only aid those on the left who want to follow as mind-numb robots regurgitating unsupported ideologic rhetoric.
Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Ashby’s performances?
What character would you cut from Buckley?
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