Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement

Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement

by Richard Brookhiser

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ISBN-13: 9780465022090
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

A Senior Editor of National Review, Richard Brookhiser is the author of nine books, as well as the 2008 recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

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Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HistReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for the more recent history of the conservative movement and impact William F. Buckley's National Review had on politics for several decades; but that is also what made the book difficult to fully appreciate. I had never heard of Richard Brookhiser until late last year when I found and read several of his Founding Father biographies. William F. Buckley was a name and a persona I knew as a stodgy old Brit from PBS and a caricature of the Old Guard Right Wing. On occasion over the years of late I would read an article on National Review Online, but I was never a subscriber or frequent consumer of their product. It is because of my delight in reading Brookhiser's lighthearted way of writing - almost as if he shares longtime, inside jokes with me personally - and his plucky anachronistically juxtaposed analogies between modern day conveniences and the lack thereof in Colonial times I picked up this book. I also had interest in learning more about such an influential man on the Right.The ins-and-outs of a less mainstream political magazine had less to do with the overt theme of the book, but it lent itself to become a timeline of events and a concrete link between the author and the man he would view as his "journalistic" father. Not to discount the amount of ink given to the daily operations of National Review, it just was conveyer belt upon which this story progresses like a car in Detroit being added to until it rolls off the assembly line; complete and recognizable. For me, I am at least a generation removed from Richard Brookhiser and two from Mr. Buckley. I only came into rudimentary political awareness after Mr. Brookhiser had already been the top Editor. My place in the political spectrum was on the far end, well removed from the right. The people he refers to or frequently writes about - those influential in journalism of the day, co-workers and those he hired - were names unfamiliar to me. I take that back, some are recognizable as "pundits" who visit for two-minute segments on cable news shows; their histories as speechwriters and other political wheeler-and-dealers now are in my consciousness. Right Time, Right Place revealed to me a clearer understanding of the onion that is politics (and human nature). Most of us view two primary groups: politicians and everyone else. We complain about those we elect and those others voted in by the opposing majority. But further under the papery skin are more stratum, each group closer to the inside comprising tighter and smaller cliques. The further out a group is, the more groups there are to distrust. Right or Left, there is a group of highly educated elite who use their talents and education to try and bridge that gap; most times they just seem to alienate the less sophisticated and ingratiate themselves with those they report on. This book solidify my impression of Richard Brookhiser I garnered from his other books I read as an easy-going, well educated scholar who wishes relate deep analysis of our storied history and Founders in books accessible (did I just really use that word?) to everyone. Yet this book seemed to also double as a way to reassure those tied in to the New York literary community, his bona fides.Saving this book from being 243 pages of name dropping and bragging was the sincere way in which Mr. Brookhiser recounts his relationship with William F. Buckley. He makes no attempt to hide the fact, Buckley became a father figure to him, yet as much admiration the author had for his mentor, he struggled with Bill's human lapses, like firing or demoting people by telegram while he was out of the country. My heart actually ached for Richard Brookhiser in the poignant way he spoke of the passing of his mentor and colleague.
almalena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brookhiser continues his series of compact, incisive and satisfying histories, this time covering his own experience with a "giant" and his mentor, William F. Buckley. Brookhiser pulls no punches in detailing his disappointments with Buckley's rejection after promising him the helm as successor. There are plenty of interesting anecdotes about other writers and politicians from the era. In keeping with the short nature of the book, it will leave you wanting more, but not every work can be 600 pages (or more). Well worth reading.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richard Brookhiser became a journalist while in high school when his essay regarding Viet Nam War protestors was published by Willam F. Buckley's National Review. In short order Brookhiser went to Yale, became an intern at National Review and following graduation became one of its editors as well. This book chronicles both his life as a journalist at National Review and highlights of the political scene on which he has commented over the last thirty years. It is an interesting story told well by Brookhiser. He had an inside seat on the right and intimate knowledge of the state of conservative journalism at National Review which was the primary journal of conservative commentary from its founding into the new century. I enjoyed the writing and the personal side of Brookhiser's story for this book is very much a memoir of his life as a journalist and writier of political biographies of Washington, the Adams family and others.