Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr., were towering figures who argued publicly about every major issue of the 1960s: the counterculture, Vietnam, feminism, civil rights, the Cold War. Behind the scenes, the two were close friends and trusted confidantes who lived surprisingly parallel lives. In Buckley and Mailer, historian Kevin M. Schultz delves into their personal archives to tell the rich story of their friendship, arguments, and the tumultuous decade they did so much to shape.
From their Playboy-sponsored debate before the Patterson-Liston heavyweight fight in 1962 to their campaigns for mayor of New York City to their confrontations at Truman Capote's Black-and-White Ball, over the March on the Pentagon, and at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Schultz delivers a fresh chronicle of the '60s and its long aftermath, as well as an entertaining work of narrative history that explores these extraordinary figures' contrasting visions of America and the future.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, because it provides a fantastic foundation to better understand the shaping of America's political and cultural atmosphere the lead into our current day. This book adeptly and entertainingly elucidates the pivotal and revolutionary '50s thru '70s era that Buckley and Mailer figure-headed and helped to shape.
What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Though the book was read with a professional and sophisticated aire, I wasn't crazy about what I felt was a Buckley-esque stylized delivery. I feel the book would have been better conveyed with a more neutral reading, as is common with purely historical books, for instance.
Any additional comments?
I would really enjoy Kevin Schultz taking his adroit, informed and entertaining writing style into the culture, politics and topics of present-day America in 2015. I'm looking forward to his next book.