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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: William F. Buckley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this autobiography, woven from personal pieces composed over the course of a celebrated writing life of more than fifty years, you’ll meet William Buckley the boy, growing up in a family of ten children; Buckley the political enfant terrible, whose debut book, God and Man at Yale, was a New York Times bestseller; Buckley the editor of the National Review, hailed as the founder of the modern conservative movement; Buckley the family man; Buckley the spy and novelist of spies; and Buckley the bon vivant. You’ll also meet Buckley’s friends: Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Clare Boothe Luce, Tom Wolfe, David Niven, and many others.

Along the way, listeners will be treated to Buckley’s romance with wine, his love of the right word, his intoxication with music, and his joy in skiing and travel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As ever, sheer delight from humor and prose, whatever the political faith.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • “What Buckley has is a sort of sparkle and grace, equally in his speaking, writing, and television appearances…Free minds are desperately rare and precious, and in him I detect one.”

    Malcolm Muggeridge

  • “[Buckley was] an instant darling of conservatives who needed a spirited new voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Buckley reads his own essays with a wit and joy worthy of listeners’ attention.”


  • A Conservative Book Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark Mortensen | 12/4/2013

    " The essays of William F. Buckley Jr. have received much acclaim from leading journalists and conservatives. I am fond of his thoughts and views; however his very extensive flowing vocabulary and high-brow elitist writing style is a bit over the top for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt B. | 10/19/2013

    " If you've not read an Buckley, you're missing out. Just bring a dictionary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhingst | 9/24/2013

    " Lots of interesting personal anecdotes of this unique American family. Too many stories of his friends, most of whom I've never heard. Whether you like his politics or not, WFB's confidence and joie de vie make for an interesting life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susie | 9/24/2013

    " Love his politics or hate them, Buckley's writing is always superb and captivating. The essays included in this book really tell the story of a facinating life. I especially enjoyed the pices on sailing, friends, his trip on the Orient Express, and definitive vacations. "

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