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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (21 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182282
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • A Conservative Book Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Foy | 9/9/2013

    " Some good stories, I like the sailing ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 6/23/2013

    " Great ideas are non-negotiable. WFB understood this and his life reflects it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 5/12/2013

    " Hugely entertaining, but also moving. I like the travel writing best, because if someone can describe a transocean sail in such a way that I would actually like to do it, that person can write. He used words with precision, absolute clarity and emotional grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Brush | 9/11/2012

    " Loved his biography! Especially captivating ...the chapter on the New England coast and the amusing chapter of his trip on the orient express. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Olson | 9/1/2012

    " Great! Loved the stuff about sailing. And I don't know anything about sailing, but this guy can write! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 4/29/2012

    " Great personal insight of the life and contributions of one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2011

    " Fascinating man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudy Carrera | 7/8/2011

    " Buckley at his more spiritually enlightened, ruminating on his Catholic faith and giving anecdotes on his family life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wurtsboroboy | 6/11/2011

    " There's nothing like a sharp mind & good writing. We'll miss you Bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/22/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/20/2011

    " Great personal insight of the life and contributions of one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhingst | 12/30/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudy | 11/11/2008

    " Buckley at his more spiritually enlightened, ruminating on his Catholic faith and giving anecdotes on his family life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 6/26/2008

    " Great! Loved the stuff about sailing. And I don't know anything about sailing, but this guy can write! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Galen | 5/21/2008

    " Not so much an autobiography as a collection of previous columns that illustrate the aspects of his life at the time he wrote them. A lot about sailing, not as much about politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/1/2008

    " Great ideas are non-negotiable. WFB understood this and his life reflects it. "

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About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008)—a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer—was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs program in television history with a single host. Buckley was the award-winning author of many bestsellers, starting with God and Man at Yale.