Thursday, August 26, 2010

William F. Buckley, By Jeremy Lott

William F. Buckley (Christian Encounters Series)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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