A unique collection of eulogies of the 20th century's greatest figures, written by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. and compiled by National Review and Fox News White House 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 us 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 departed final tributes consistent with their own careers, lives, and accomplishments. Of the more than 100 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 listeners (Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana), those who loomed largest in the conservative movement (Barry Goldwater, Milton Friedman), the most accomplished in the literary world (William Shawn, Norman Mailer), the most mysterious (Soviet spy Alger Hiss, CIA spymaster Richard Helms), and those most dear to Buckley (his mother and father).
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I am a fine artist and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history as well as a story well written.... A life well told.
The imagery created by the words and phrases chosen feels like a journey shared.....
The narration is comfortable and the narrator more than capable.
William F. Buckley.... I had no idea! An amazing life!
I wish I owned every copy of "The National Review" and a video of every "Firing Line." No one articulated conservatism better than William F. Buckley, and he did it with such aplomb and class. There exists no one today of any political persuasion who is anywhere near his equal. This audible book, with its excellent reading, is a fine reminder of what perfection is, and it will be listened to by me over and over.
For conservatives that enjoy learning about an Icon of conservatism, this book gives insight from a revealing direction - obituaries & remembrances. I found it fascinating. The language used between friends and foes is so interesting because the words are sometimes archaic & unknown in their meaning. It's a group that very comfortably used language in a formal way - much as was done in earlier centuries. Great stuff!!
I loved the way it was written and the way each obituary was introduced with an overview or history of the background between Buckley and the deceased.
Any fan of good writing will enjoy this regardless of their political leanings. Buckley was a master without a contemporary equal except for perhaps the editor of this volume who has rekindled that which needs to be kept lit.
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