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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5 4.80 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick J. Buchanan Narrator: Michael Wells Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455169832
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Right from the Beginning is the personal memoir of Pat Buchanan, the story of how the most controversial conservative in America got where he is today and how he came to believe as he does. It is the intimate first-person account of how the third son in a devout Catholic family of nine children, an expellee from Georgetown University at age twenty-one, without experience in journalism or politics, became, at twenty-three, the youngest editorial writer in America, and, three years later, confidant to Richard M. Nixon, as the twice-defeated ex–vice president began the political comeback of the century.

But Right from the Beginning is more than a personal memoir: it is the sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, poignant, and moving story of the Buchanan family, a book that brings alive America in the forties and fifties, when “the faith was unquestioned and patriotism unconstrained.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To know what conservatives are thinking, you have to read Pat Buchanan and Right from the Beginning.”

    George Bush

  • “Pat Buchanan is perhaps the most brilliant and influential conservative writing in America today; to understand the Right, Right from the Beginning must be read.”

    Richard M. Nixon

  • “Now we know why my friend, Pat Buchanan, believes as he does, and behaves as he does.”

    Diane Sawyer

  • “Warm and self-deprecating, surprisingly witty, honest to a fault about his political views…Mr. Buchanan has a secret weapon: Charm.”

    New York Times

  • “A marvelous and witty memoir of growing up Catholic, conservative, and combative in Washington, DC, written by a marvelous and witty man.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A delightful picture of Washington in the ’50s.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Patrick Buchanan] is Dennis the Menace with the pen of H. L. Mencken…For anyone seeking a concise summary of the tenets of modern American conservatism, Buchanan’s clear, sharp-as-a-jab prose is a good place to start.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Buchanan is an honest writer who opens up his mind and psyche in a way few people can…He minces nothing except an occasional opponent.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Patrick Buchanan is one hell of a wordsmith.”

    Village Voice

  • A Conservative Book Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Rouse | 10/24/2011

    " I have always been a Buchananite. This book lets me see where he is coming from, what his background is and why he feels the way that he does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 9/11/2011

    " One of the key books that opened my eyes to conservative principles. I don't like a lot of things Buchanan has espoused in the last 10-15 years, but I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/24/2008

    " GO PAT GO! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 5/31/2008

    " One of the key books that opened my eyes to conservative principles. I don't like a lot of things Buchanan has espoused in the last 10-15 years, but I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 3/5/2008

    " I have always been a Buchananite. This book lets me see where he is coming from, what his background is and why he feels the way that he does. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchan, a senior advisor to three American presidents, ran twice for the Republican nomination for president in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2000. The author of five other books, including the bestseller A Republic, Not an Empire, he is a syndicated columnist and a founding member of three of America’s foremost public affairs shows: NBC’s The McLaughlin Group, CNN’s The Capitol Gang, and Crossfire.

About the Narrator

Michael Wells is a playwright, actor, and musician. He lives in New York City.