Brothers No More

Brothers No More

by William F. Buckley Jr.
     
 

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Threading its way through some of the most significant events in modern american history and grappling with issues raised by the FDR legacy, William F. Buckley’s first novel without Blackford Oakes is “a moral thriller, a story of human frailty, testing, and redemption of the spirit” (Baltimore Sun) that “aspires to genuine greatness”…  See more details below

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Threading its way through some of the most significant events in modern american history and grappling with issues raised by the FDR legacy, William F. Buckley’s first novel without Blackford Oakes is “a moral thriller, a story of human frailty, testing, and redemption of the spirit” (Baltimore Sun) that “aspires to genuine greatness” (Washington Post).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Danny O'Hara is exuberant, generous, ambitious-and the grandson of the recently deceased Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Henry Chafee is quiet and deliberate, from a pleasant but undistinguished family. The two, former roommates at Yale, are sharing a foxhole on the Arno line in WWII when Henry turns coward and Danny saves his life. So begins this latest novel from Buckley (A Very Private Plot), who won the American Book Award for Stained Glass (1978) but is unlikely to duplicate that feat with this predictable, if glitzy, offering. Long flashbacks fill in the past up to the Arno incident; through these and subsequent passages, it becomes clear that Danny will manipulate people and events whenever he can turn them to his advantage. In adulthood, this blueblood becomes a crooked hotelier and worse, while Henry makes his mark as a journalist, especially during the Vietnam War. Eventually, Henry gets the goods on Danny and must make a difficult decision. Numerous cameos by the real-life rich and powerful enliven the proceedings (Georges Simenon plays a vital role); underneath all the provocative names and places, however, this is just a potboiler, deftly stirred but no match for Buckley's best. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Buckley's newest gripper begins in World War II, when a young man covers for a friend whose courage failed him at the last moment, and ends in acrimony years later.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156004763
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Blackford Oakes Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author


William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review and was the host of what was television's longest-running program, Firing Line. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The author of thirteen other novels, including Spytime and Nuremberg: The Reckoning, he lives in Connecticut.

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