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Publisher Comments:

If any two people can be called indispensable in launching the conservative movement in American politics, they are William F. Buckley Jr. and Barry Goldwater. Buckleys National Review was at the center of conservative political analysis from the mid-fifties onward. But the policy intellectuals knew that to actually change the way the country was run, they needed a presidential candidate, and the man they turned to was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was in many ways the perfect choice: self-reliant, unpretentious, unshakably honest and dashingly handsome, with a devoted following that grew throughout the fifties and early sixties. He possessed deep integrity and a sense of decency that made him a natural spokesman for conservative ideals. But his flaws were a product of his virtues. He wouldnt bend his opinions to make himself more popular, he insisted on using his own inexperienced advisors to run his presidential campaign, and in the end he electrified a large portion of the electorate but lost the great majority. Flying High is Buckleys partly fictional tribute to the man who was in many ways his alter ego in the conservative movement. It is the story of two men who looked as if they were on the losing side of political events, but were kept aloft by the conviction that in fact they were making history.

Review:

"This is the journeyman Bill Buckley. Part memoir, part political history and part reportage, Flying High sparkles with joie de vivre and syntactical expertise, giving lively accounts of Nikita Khrushchev's historic — and theatrical — visit to the United States, the 1960 Republican convention and fallout, and National Review's heady first years. Readers are made privy to Buckley's behind-closed-doors meetings with other right-wing mavens as they debate the John Birch Society, commission Buckley's brother-in-law, Brent Bozell, to ghostwrite The Conscience of a Conservative and attempt to propel its putative author Goldwater into political office — only to find themselves dramatically excluded from the 1964 campaign. Although the book's scattered time line is slightly jarring (Buckley jumps between the 1964 campaign and affectionate memories of Goldwater), that does not detract from this book's modest and utterly satisfying pleasures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Only yesterday, or so it seems, American conservatives were on the verge of becoming a political majority. Now, burdened by internal divisions and a discredited president, the conservative movement is in retreat; in a recent Pew survey only a third of Americans called themselves conservative. Facing an uncertain future, conservatives have become increasingly celebratory about their leaders of the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Buckley's first political book in nearly two decades is a revealing memoir ofthe first champion of the conservative movement--Barry Goldwater.

Synopsis:

William F. Buckley Jr.s first political book in nearly two decades is a revealing memoir of the first champion of the conservative movement

About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. is the author of fifty previous works of fiction and nonfiction. The founder and former editor-in-chief of National Review and former host of “Firing Line,” he has been one of the intellectual leaders of the right since the 1950s. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut, and New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465008360
Author:
Buckley, William
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Buckley, William F., JR.
Author:
Buckley Jr, William F.
Subject:
Legislators
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
POL040000
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Legislators -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.33x5.84x.82 in. .79 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This is the journeyman Bill Buckley. Part memoir, part political history and part reportage, Flying High sparkles with joie de vivre and syntactical expertise, giving lively accounts of Nikita Khrushchev's historic — and theatrical — visit to the United States, the 1960 Republican convention and fallout, and National Review's heady first years. Readers are made privy to Buckley's behind-closed-doors meetings with other right-wing mavens as they debate the John Birch Society, commission Buckley's brother-in-law, Brent Bozell, to ghostwrite The Conscience of a Conservative and attempt to propel its putative author Goldwater into political office — only to find themselves dramatically excluded from the 1964 campaign. Although the book's scattered time line is slightly jarring (Buckley jumps between the 1964 campaign and affectionate memories of Goldwater), that does not detract from this book's modest and utterly satisfying pleasures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Buckley's first political book in nearly two decades is a revealing memoir ofthe first champion of the conservative movement--Barry Goldwater.
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William F. Buckley Jr.s first political book in nearly two decades is a revealing memoir of the first champion of the conservative movement
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