Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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

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RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: COMING OF AGE WITH WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT by Richard Brookhiser Basic, 272pages, $27.50

The author is a friend and colleague of long standing, and his book discusses many other friends and colleagues. With the disclosures out of the way, I can proceed to the judgment There is no better book about WUUam F. Buckley or National Review, and it is a good, quick sketch of the conservative movement's last few decades. The book is also a treat written with the spare elegance and psychological insight that Rick's fans have come to expect Rick gives BiU his considerable due in the book. But he does not airbrush the flaws, which were not incidental to their relationship. Rick was a prodigy: BiU published him while he was stiU in high school. BiU told Rick in his early twenties that he would, in a few years, pass him the editorship. One day, BiU left and Rick found a note on his desk It revoked the offer and forbade further conversation about it. …

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