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Let us talk of many things : the collected speeches
Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008.
Publication Information:
Roseville, Calif. : Forum, [2000]

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xxxii, 511 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Presents a collection of Buckley's most memorable speeches over the past fifty years.

Author Notes

Editor and writer William F. Buckley, Jr. was born in New York City on November 24, 1925. While at Yale University, he studied political science, history and economics and graduated with honors. In 1955, he founded the weekly journal National Review where he was editor in chief. He began his syndicated newspaper column in 1962 and his weekly television discussion program, Firing Line was syndicated in 1966.

Buckley wrote "God and Man at Yale" (1951) which was an indictment of liberal education in the United States, "Up from Liberalism" (1959), "The Unmaking of a Mayor" (1966), which tells of his unsuccessful mayoral campaign as the Conservative Party candidate for New York City in 1965, and "Quotations from Chairman Bill" (1970).

Buckley also wrote best selling stories of international intrigue whose titles include "Saving the Queen" (1976), "Stained Glass" (1978), "Who's on First" (1980), "Marco Polo, If You Can" (1981), and "See You Later, Alligator" (1985). He died on February 27, 2008.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

These are about a third of the speeches the reigning "Mr. Conservative" (surely, he has succeeded to the title by now) has delivered during the past half-century. Several of the pieces have been abridged, but as the page count suggests, what is here is plenty. Oddly, perhaps, Buckley's speeches often prove less engaging on the page than his other writings, and it helps their flow and cogency to bear his voice in mind. Generally, the earlier speeches are more politically persuasive, while the later ones are best when he is lauding friends, including even his longtime adversary, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Walter Cronkite, whose "serene gravity" Buckley admires despite the newscaster being "a most awful left-winger." Scattered throughout are delicious anecdotes, piquant quotations, and much evidence of a keen moral sensibility, capable of asking such probing questions as "A good society needs to be hospitable to virtue, . . . but shouldn't it also be inhospitable to dereliction?" If not an essential Buckley book, this one yet contains his essence. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

In his 74 years, Buckley has racked up a dazzling list of achievements: author of more than 30 novels and nonfiction works, founder of the National Review, host of the PBS series Firing Line, and syndicated columnist appearing in more than 300 newspapers. Add to that list well-paid public speaker for half a century. At his peak, Buckley delivered more than 70 lectures annually, and today he still gives about 20 lectures a year. Ninety-five speeches from his repertoire of 184 delivered between the 1950s and 1990s are reprised in this volume. For those well acquainted with Buckley's conservative views, there is little new to recommend this volume, except perhaps the brief introductory remarks that he has added before each speech. For true Buckley believers, however, any volume that bears his name is incentive enough. An optional purchase except for specialized collections in modern U.S. conservative thought and for libraries serving patrons hungry for more Buckley.ÄWilliam D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David Brooks
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvi
Notes from the Lecture Circuit: A New Yorker Essayp. xxi
The Fifties
Today We Are Educated Men: An address to fellow graduatesp. 3
The Trojan Horse of American Education?: A defense of private schoolsp. 7
The Artist as Aggressor: On congressional investigationsp. 13
Only Five Thousand Communists?: Welcoming the House Committee on Un-American Activities to townp. 16
Should Liberalism Be Repudiated?: Debating James Wechslerp. 20
The Sixties
In the End, We Will Bury Him: Protesting Khrushchev's visitp. 33
Scholar, Fighter, Westerner: Introducing Jacques Soustellep. 38
The Lonely Professor: Saluting O. Glenn Saxonp. 41
An Island of Hope: Defending Taiwan's independencep. 42
Norman Mailer and the American Right: A debatep. 48
What Could We Learn from a Communist?: An appeal to the Yale Political Unionp. 58
Who Did Get Us into This Mess?: Debating Murray Kemptonp. 68
The Impending Defeat of Barry Goldwater: Off the record, to the Young Americans for Freedomp. 74
A Growing Spirit of Resistance: To the New York Conservative Partyp. 78
The Free Society--What's That?: Applauding Henry Hazlittp. 85
Buckley versus Buckley: A self-interview, on running for mayor of New Yorkp. 88
The Heat of Mr. Truman's Kitchen: Celebrating National Review's tenth anniversaryp. 93
On Selling Books to Booksellers: Addressing the American Booksellers Associationp. 96
The Aimlessness of American Education: In defense of small collegesp. 100
"You Have Seen Too Much in China": To a concerned organizationp. 108
The Duty of the Educated Catholic: To a high-school honors societyp. 112
Did You Kill Martin Luther King?: To the American Society of Newspaper Editorsp. 117
Life with a Meticulous Colleague: Saluting William A. Rusherp. 123
On the Perspective of the Eighteen-Year-Old: To graduating high-school studentsp. 128
Words to the Counterrevolutionary Young: Addressing the Young Americans for Freedomp. 133
The Seventies
On the Well-Tempered Spirit: A commencement addressp. 145
Resolutely on the Side of Yale's Survival: At a twentieth reunionp. 149
The Republic's Duty to Repress: To a conference of judgesp. 152
"That Man I Trust": Appreciating James L. Buckleyp. 163
The World That Lenin Shaped: On visiting Brezhnev's Soviet Unionp. 168
John Kerry's America: To the cadets of West Pointp. 179
The West Berlin of China: Upon Taiwan's expulsion from the United Nationsp. 184
Affection, Guidance, and Peanut Brittle: A special toastp. 189
On Preserving the Tokens of Hope and Truth: Saluting Henry Regneryp. 191
Without Marx or Jesus?: To the American Society of Newspaper Editorsp. 197
The "Leftwardmost Viable Candidate": Debating John Kenneth Galbraithp. 202
The Terrible Sadness of Spiro Agnew: To the New York Conservative Partyp. 208
The High Cost of Mr. Nixon's Deceptions: To the New York Conservative Partyp. 211
On Serving in the United Nations: Testimony to a Senate committeep. 213
No Dogs in China: At the National War Collegep. 218
The Courage of Friedrich Hayek: Addressing the Mont Pelerin Societyp. 223
The Protracted Struggle against Cancer: To the American Cancer Societyp. 235
A Salutary Impatience: A commencement addressp. 238
Cold Water on the Spirit of Liberty: Replying to President Carterp. 242
The Reckless Generosity of John Chamberlain: A tributep. 249
A Party for Henry Kissinger: A birthday toastp. 252
What Americanism Seeks to Be: To the Young Republicansp. 255
The Eighties
His Rhythms Were Not of This World: Remembering Allard Lowensteinp. 261
The Rudolph Valentino of the Marketplace: Saluting Milton Friedmanp. 263
The Greatness of James Burnham: To a friend and mentorp. 268
Halfway between Servility and Hostility: At a historic collegep. 272
Earl Warren and the Meaning of the Constitution: Addressing a class of future lawyersp. 275
Sing a Song of Praise to Failure: At a graduate business schoolp. 277
How Leo Cherne Spent Christmas: An introductionp. 287
10 Downing Street: The Girls Club of Britain: A transatlantic salutep. 290
Moral Distinctions and Modern Warfare: Parsing nuclear warp. 292
Democracy and the Pursuit of Happiness: A commencement addressp. 301
The Genesis of Blackford Oakes: On the distinctively American malep. 308
Waltzing at West 44th Street: An ode to the America's Cupp. 316
The Blood of Our Fathers Ran Strong: Celebrating National Review's thirtieth anniversaryp. 320
The Distinguished Mr. Buckley: Introducing a best-selling novelistp. 322
On Her Way to the Cross: Remembering Clare Boothe Lucep. 324
Out of Oppression, a Political Poet: Introducing Vladimir Bukovskyp. 329
The Massive Eminence of Dr. Sakharov: A salutep. 332
Towards a Recovery of Gratitude: To the Intercollegiate Studies Institutep. 334
A Hero of the Reagan Revolution: Applauding Jack Kempp. 337
The Pagan Love Song of Murray Kempton: An appreciationp. 339
The Nineties
Dismantling the Evil Empire: On the end of the Soviet Unionp. 347
The Simon Persona: A tribute to a criticp. 351
A Distinctive Gentility: Recollections of Yalep. 353
Time to Go to Bed: A valedictoryp. 360
Taxation and the Rule of Law: Analyzing Reaganomicsp. 364
Can Eastern Europe Be Saved?: To the Philadelphia Societyp. 369
Singularly Humane: Introducing Aileen Mehlep. 375
"If He Gives the Blessing...": A toast to Monsignor Eugene Clarkp. 378
We Won. What Now?: At the end of the Cold Warp. 380
The Politics of the Common Man: On modern political mannersp. 383
"Better Redwoods than Deadwoods": Encountering Arthur Schlesinger Jr.p. 387
The Architectural Splendor of Barry Goldwater: A tributep. 389
From Wm to Wm: Remembering William F. Rickenbackerp. 392
O. J. Simpson and Other Ills: Analyzing current concernsp. 397
The Drug War Is Not Working: To the New York City Bar Associationp. 404
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: To the twelfth International Churchill Conferencep. 409
The Underperformance of the Press: The Theodore H. White Memorial Lecturep. 416
The Mother Hen of Modern Conservatism: Introducing Lady Thatcherp. 426
Who Cares If Homer Nodded?: To the graduating classp. 429
How to Work, How to Read, How to Love: Remembering Richard Clurmanp. 434
A Serene Gravity: Acknowledging Walter Cronkitep. 435
The Special Responsibility of Conservatives: To the International Conservative Congressp. 437
The Personal Grace of J. K. Galbraith: A birthday tributep. 443
A Man Who Looks the Beggar in the Face: Saluting William E. Simonp. 445
Forgiving the Unforgivable: On President Clinton's problemp. 447
The Animating Indiscretions of Ronald Reagan: A birthday tributep. 457
Preserving the Heritage: On the Heritage Foundation's twenty-fifth anniversaryp. 464
Indexp. 479