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Athwart history : half a century of polemics, animadversions, and illuminations : a William F. Buckley, Jr., omnibus

Author: William F Buckley, Jr.; Linda Bridges; Roger Kimball
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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""If you love Bill Buckley, you'll need Athwart History, which includes dozens of pieces that have never before appeared between hard covers. If you don't yet know him, be prepared for a dazzling ride through postwar America and the world."--Rush Limbaugh" ""Buckley's wise and sprightly words range over six decades and everything from domestic politics to the worldwide struggle with Communism. He rescued  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William F Buckley, Jr.; Linda Bridges; Roger Kimball
ISBN: 9781594033797 159403379X
OCLC Number: 435419410
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxxiv, 518 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Politics in Principle --
Politics in Practice --
Dealing with the Communist World --
Culture and Policy --
The Cold War at Home --
Friends and Adversaries, Heroes and Villains --
Looking Outward --
The Raging Sixties --
Manners and Morals --
Faith and the Faithful --
End of the Cold War; New Dangers --
Grace Notes --
Envoi.
Responsibility: edited by Linda Bridges & Roger Kimball with a preface by George F. Will ; introduction by Roger Kimball.

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""If you love Bill Buckley, you'll need Athwart History, which includes dozens of pieces that have never before appeared between hard covers. If you don't yet know him, be prepared for a dazzling ride through postwar America and the world."--Rush Limbaugh" ""Buckley's wise and sprightly words range over six decades and everything from domestic politics to the worldwide struggle with Communism. He rescued conservatism from its troglodyte f̀riends' and liberal enemies and thereby made America's rejuvenation possible."--Robert H. Bork, Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute" ""William F. Buckley Jr., like H.L. Mencken and George Orwell, needs an anthology to put his work in focus. You will thank Linda Bridges and Roger Kimball for collecting these high points of an Alpine career. And you will thank WFB for his fifty-plus years of combat, fun, passion, and appreciation--a labor of love, for his craft, his country, and his God."--Richard Brookhiser, author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement" "For much of the postwar period, William F. Buckley Jr. was the leading figure in the conservative movement in America. The magazine he founded in 1955, National Review, brought together writers representing every strand of conservative thought, and refined those ideas over the decades that followed. Buckley's own writings were a significant part of this development. He was not a theoretician but, in the highest sense of the term, a popularizer, someone who could bring conservative ideas to a vast audience through dazzling writing and lively wit." "Culled from millions of published words spanning nearly sixty years, Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations offers Buckley's commentary on the American and international scenes, in areas ranging from Kremlinology to rock music. The subjects are widely varied, but there are common threads linking them all: a love for the Western tradition and its American manifestation; the belief that human beings thrive best in a free society; the conviction that such a society is worth defending at all costs; and an appreciation for the quirky individuality that free people inevitably develop."--Jacket.

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