Linda Bridges and her co-author John Coyne - two National
Review veterans - deliver a well-rounded and insightful
portrait of William F. Buckley Jr. and the magazine he founded.
They show how Buckley and his National Review journal gave
shape and coherence to American conservatism over the last 50 years
as the movement grew from minority status to the majority coalition
that elected Ronald Reagan. Rich in anecdotes that put
readers in the middle of conservative concerns and controversies,
the book provides a picture of Buckley that illuminates his
beliefs, his personal passions, the ideas he espouses, and the
strength and talents that have earned him universal recognition as
a writer, debater, polemicist, and founding father of one of the
most significant social, political, and philosophical movements of
the past half century.
With this graceful homage to Bill Buckley, two people who
have known the pleasure of his company, as friends and colleagues,
place him where he incontestably belongs, at the center of the
conservative political movement that moved the center of American
politics to the
right. - George F.
Linda Bridges has worked for National Review for all her adult
life. She was Managing Editor for ten years and is currently an
Editor at Large. Previously, she co-authored with William F.
Rickenbacker The Art of Persuasion: A National Review Rhetoric
More About the Speakers
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics