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A torch kept lit : great lives of the twentieth century

Author: William F Buckley, Jr.; James Rosen
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A unique collection of eulogies of the twentieth century's greatest figures, written by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. and compiled by National Review and Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen. In a half-century on the national stage, William F. Buckley Jr. achieved unique stature as a polemicist and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He knew everybody, hosted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William F Buckley, Jr.; James Rosen
ISBN: 9781101906217 1101906219
OCLC Number: 934676635
Description: 323 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Presidents. Dwight Eisenhower ; John F. Kennedy ; Lyndon B. Johnson ; Richard Nixon ; Ronald Reagan --
Family. Patricia Taylor Buckley ; William F. Buckley, Sr. ; Aloise Steiner Buckley ; L. Brent Bozell, Jr. --
Arts and letters. Truman Capote ; Johnny Carson ; Alistair Cooke ; Milton Friedman ; Jerry Garcia ; Vladimir Horowitz ; Russell Kirk ; John Lennon ; Norman Mailer ; Vladimir Nabokov ; Elvis Presley ; A.M. Rosenthal ; William Shawn ; Rosalyn Tureck --
Generals, spies, and statesmen. Winston Churchill ; William Colby ; Princess Diana ; Allen Dulles ; Barry Goldwater ; Richard Helms ; E. Howard Hunt ; Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Golda Meir ; John Mitchell ; Jacqueline Onassis ; Vernon Walters --
Friends. Whittaker Chambers ; Richard Clurman ; Evan Galbraith ; John Kenneth Galbraith ; Tom Hume ; Nan Kempner ; Hugh Kenner ; Allard Lowenstein ; David Niven ; Warren Steibel ; Charles Wallen --
Nemeses. Alger Hiss ; John V. Lindsay ; Ayn Rand ; Nelson Rockefeller ; Eleanor Roosevelt ; Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Responsibility: William F. Buckley, Jr. ; edited by James Rosen.

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"A unique collection of eulogies of the twentieth century's greatest figures, written by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. and compiled by National Review and Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen. In a half-century on the national stage, William F. Buckley Jr. achieved unique stature as a polemicist and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He knew everybody, hosted everybody at his East 73rd Street maisonette, skewered everybody who needed skewering, and in general lived life on a scale, and in a swashbuckling manner, that captivated and inspired countless young conservatives across that half-century. Among all of his distinctions, which include founding the conservative magazine National Review and serving as host on the long running talk show Firing Line, Buckley was a master of that most elusive of art forms: the eulogy. Buckley drew on his unrivaled gifts in what he liked to call 'the controversial arts' to mourn, celebrate, or seek eternal mercy for the men and women who touched his life and the nation; to conjure their personalities, recall memorable moments, herald their greatness; or to remind readers of why a given individual, even with the grace that death can uniquely confer, should be remembered as evil. At all points, these remembrances reflect Buckley's singular voice, with its elegant touch and mordant humor, and lend to the lives of the departed a final tribute consistent with their own careers, lives, and accomplishments. Of the more than 200 eulogies located in Buckley's vast archive of published works, A Torch Kept Lit collects the very best, those remembering the most consequential lives (Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan), the most famous to today's readers (Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jacqueline Onassis, Princess Diana), those who loomed largest in the conservative movement (Milton Friedman, Russell Kirk), the most accomplished in the literary world (Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, William Shawn), the most mysterious (Soviet spy Alger Hiss, CIA spymaster Richard Helms), and those most dear to WFB (his wife and parents)"--

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