Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist

Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist

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by William F. Buckley Jr.
     
 

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In Happy Days Were Here Again, William F. Buckley Jr. offers a collection of his finest essays from the latter part of his long career. Sometimes celebrating, sometimes assailing, Buckley takes on opponents ranging from Mikhail Gorbachev to Carl Sagan to Leonard Bernstein; reflects on the academic scene, the Gulf War, and the idea of sin; and offers…  See more details below

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In Happy Days Were Here Again, William F. Buckley Jr. offers a collection of his finest essays from the latter part of his long career. Sometimes celebrating, sometimes assailing, Buckley takes on opponents ranging from Mikhail Gorbachev to Carl Sagan to Leonard Bernstein; reflects on the academic scene, the Gulf War, and the idea of sin; and offers appreciations of friends, both right and left. For everyone who appreciates the wit and style of America’s pre-eminent conservative, this is a must-have collection.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A slashing, energetic collection of columns and articles dealing with the political landscape, the Gulf War, the U.N. and other topics. (Mar.)
Ray Olson
Is it just because the (presumably liberal) Democrats are back on top that the country's foremost conservative (generally Republican) commentator now sounds so discerning, humane, and, well, wise? Assuredly not, for as socialist John Judis made clear in his biography of Buckley, the lion of the right is kind and just to anyone who has the good fortune to be his friend. That kindness and justness overpower the condescension and stuffiness his stammering style and highly developed self-assurance conjure. He admits in one of these collected writings and speeches that he has no talent for metaphysics; accordingly he seldom sounds philosophical--pontifical, rather, and for very good causes: Christianity, individual liberty, civility, and truthful political speech. He cannot easily resist the zingy bon mot at the expense of the moment's opposition--at which point he risks the lack of civility and truthfulness he deplores--but now more often than before, it seems, he "does" resist this temptation. He's wound up sounding awfully like no one else so much as the Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal columnist Clarence Page, who's a better writer but who, like Buckley, spends much of his time setting sleazy political yawp and foolish journalism square with the facts. Buckley's a national treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786726905
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
756 KB

Meet the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925—2008) was the author and editor of over fifty works of fiction and nonfiction. The founder and former editor-in-chief of National Review and former host of “Firing Line,” he was one of the intellectual leaders of the right from the 1950s until his death in 2008. His syndicated column, “On the Right,” was begun in 1962. He served as a CIA agent in the early 1950s, helped found the Young Americans for Freedom in 1960, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H.W. Bush in 1991. His most recent work of nonfiction, FlyingHigh, an appreciation of Barry Goldwater, was published by Basic Books in 2007.

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