Now in paperback, the extraordinary and sweeping memoir of one of the most revered families in America—the Buckleys.
The Buckley name is synonymous with a unique brand of conservatism—marked by merciless reasoning, wit, good humor, and strong will. Self-made oil tycoon William F. Buckley, Sr., of Texas, and his Southern belle wife, Alöise Steiner Buckley, of New Orleans, raised a family of ten whose ideals would go on to shape the traditionalist revival in American culture. But their family history is anything but conventional. Begun in Mexico, and set against a diverse international background, theirs was a life built on self-reliance, hard work, belief in God, and respect for all. It is no wonder the family produced nationally recognizable figures such as columnist and commentator William, Jr., New York Times bestselling satirist Christopher, and New York senator James.
With charm and candor, youngest son Reid, himself the founder of the Buckley School of Public Speaking in South Carolina, tells the enormously engaging and entertaining—and sometimes outrageous—story of a family that became the mainstay of right-wing beliefs in our politics and culture. An American Family is an epic memoir that is sure to appeal to conservatives, liberals, and moderates alike.
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About the Author
Reid Buckley, founder and head of the Buckley School for Public Speaking and Leadership, has been a champion public speaker since his debating days at Yale. During the 1960s and 1970s, he toured the United States, taking on liberal columnist Max Lerner in clashes that have been compared to the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Among his published works are the novels The Eye of the Hurricane and Servants and Their Masters and several books on speaking and writing, the most recent being Strictly Speaking: Reid Buckley’s Indispensable Handbook on Public Speaking. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The National Review.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! An American Family, The Buckleys is Reid Buckley at his best. It's a lovely story. Well crafted, honest, poignant, and witty. Through his lively prose, Buckley takes the reader from the beginnings of his family through current times. All the while, treating the reader to the fascinating historical background of those nation-forming times. His lively stories of life in Sharon and Camden are priceless and are told joy, pride, and big family fun. Not only is this book worth reading, it's worth reading again and again. I simply couldn't put it down.
I could not put this book down! Reid Buckley reveals to the reader in an interesting way what life was like in the early 20th century, and how those who possessed a strong constitution could achieve the ¿American Dream,¿ even after failing more than once. I laughed, I cried, I got mad, and I felt uplifted ¿ sometimes together, sometimes separately. The Buckley Family is an example of what makes this country great. I highly recommend this book.
An American Family, The Buckleys at once feels like a comfortable trusted rocking chair and never becomes anything but one spell binding tale after another. Written in a flowing rhythm that never breaks and is annotated for further clarity, this book can be easily understood and never becomes verbose or redundant. Buckley turns the incredible into a matter of fact conversation which one might enjoy around the dinner table of any family gathering. Luckily we are invited. It is an account, spiced with humor and wit that readers will want to revisit as one would want to return to a favorite play or concert. Wisdom is often baked into this warm apple pie and readers will find in it several characters who remind them of their own families. Your TV will get a well deserved rest and your mind will feel refreshed as if taken for a late afternoon swimm. This book will become a welcome friend to keep handy.
This work has no direction, and if it had one originally, Buckley has failed to follow it. It sadly is not much more than ramblings and ruminations of a sibling-rivalry runner-up. Reads like an account of a gypsy family, with no real roots. Poor kids, shunted off to boarding school to make room for the next of 10. All that aside, the atrocious editing 'or lack thereof' is unforgivable, particularly of a bunch so entrenched in the family thesaurus. There are whole paragraphs that are repeated with slight changes. And there is even the occasional incorrect grammar. Buckley relishes in thinking of himself as a Southern 'good ole boy' which is ridiculous. A few dirt-poor, ancestry-proud locals in Camden have traditionally pandered to the Nawthners, but the latter were only in residence from Christmas until June. On top of that, the Buckleys are Catholic, the only religion banned in South Carolina under colonial government. Some locals still feel that such policy was wise.