Thursday, February 28, 2008

R.I.P. William F. Buckley

It's no secret to anyone who has spent much time reading this blog that I tend to be on the conservative side when it comes to politics. I'm more of a moderate on social issues but when it comes to economic policy and government issues, I'm definitely on the right side of center. I mention that simply as a lead in to acknowledge the death of one of my political heroes yesterday: William F. Buckley.

In an attempt to keep this on the subject of books, however, I've blatantly ripped off for this list of books written by Mr. Buckley:


“God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom,'” Regnery, 1951.

“McCarthy and His Enemies: The Record and Its Meaning,” with L. Brent Bozell, Regnery, 1954.

“Up From Liberalism,” Helene Obolensky Enterprises, 1959.

“Rumbles Left and Right: A Book About Troublesome People and Ideas,” Putnam, 1963.

“The Unmaking of a Mayor,” Viking, 1966.

“The Jeweler's Eye: A Book of Irresistible Political Reflections,” Putnam, 1968.

“Quotations From Chairman Bill: The Best of William F. Buckley Jr.,” compiled by David Franke, Arlington House, 1970.

“The Governor Listeth: A Book of Inspired Political Revelations,” Putnam, 1970.

“Cruising Speed: A Documentary,” Putnam, 1971.

“Inveighing We Will Go,” Putnam, 1972.

“Four Reforms: A Guide for the Seventies,” Putnam, 1973.

“United Nations Journal: A Delegate's Odyssey,” Putnam, 1974.

“Execution Eve and Other Contemporary Ballads,” Putnam, 1975.

“Airborne: A Sentimental Journey,” Macmillan, 1976.

“A Hymnal: The Controversial Arts,” Putnam, 1978.

“Atlantic High: A Celebration,” Doubleday, 1982.

“Overdrive: A Personal Documentary,” Doubleday, 1983.

“Right Reason,” Doubleday, 1985.

“Racing through Paradise: A Pacific Passage,” Random House, 1987.

“On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures,” Random House, 1989.

“Gratitude: Reflections on What We Owe to Our Country,” Random House, 1990.

“Windfall: End of the Affair,” Random House, 1992.

“In Search of Anti-Semitism,” Continuum, 1992.

“Happy Days Were Here Again,” Random House, 1993.

“Buckley: The Right Word,” edited by Samuel S. Vaughan, Random House, 1996.

“Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith,” Doubleday, 1997.

“Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches of William F. Buckley Jr.,” Forum, 2000.

“The Fall of the Berlin Wall,” John Wiley, 2004.

“Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography,” Regnery, 2004.

“Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes & Asides From National Review,” Basic, 2007.


“The Temptation of Wilfred Malachey,” Workman Publishing, 1985.

“Brothers No More,” Doubleday, 1995.

“The Redhunter: A Novel Based on the Life of Senator Joe McCarthy,” Little, Brown, 1999.

“Spytime: The Undoing of James Jesus Angleton,” Harcourt, 2000.

“Elvis in the Morning,” Harcourt, 2001.

“Nuremberg: The Reckoning,” Harcourt, 2002. “Getting It Right,” Regnery, 2003.

“The Rake,” HarperCollins, 2007.

Novels in Buckley's “Blackford Oakes” series:

“Saving the Queen,” Doubleday, 1976.

“Stained Glass,” Doubleday, 1978.

“Who's on First,” Doubleday, 1980.

“Marco Polo, If You Can,” Doubleday, 1982.

“The Story of Henri Tod,” Doubleday, 1984.

“See You Later, Alligator,” Doubleday, 1985.

“High Jinx,” Doubleday, 1986.

“Mongoose, RIP,” Random House, 1988.

“Tucker's Last Stand,” Random House, 1990.

“A Very Private Plot,” William Morrow, 1994.

“The Blackford Oakes Reader,” Andrews & McMeel, 1994.

“Last Call for Blackford Oakes,” Harcourt, 2005.

Buckley was 82 years old. I'll miss him.


  1. My husband and I were talking about this last night. A great loss. Such an intelligent and articulate man...I thought he'd go on forever.

  2. I'm more on the liberal side, but I'll miss him, too. He was so different from the conservative commentators of today, who are often mean-spirited and stupid. Buckley was neither of those; far from it.

  3. I could listen to him speak forever, Jenclair...his delivery was hypnotic.

    I recently saw a clip of him and Gore Vidal almost coming to blows during a televised debate from 1968...I've often wanted to wipe the sick little smirk off of Vidal's face, myself. :-)

  4. Bybee, he was one of the best, I think. I can't wait for the "politics of hate" thing to die a natural death. I long for the days of good, clean debate rather than all the name-calling and dirty tricks that come from both political machines these days.

  5. William F. Buckley went overboard in his defense of Joe McCarthy. Joe McCarthy did more than anyone to suppress artistic creation in the United States. Dozens of writers, movie directors, and other artistic types were black-listed during the McCarthy era. This was a shameful era in American history, and William F. buckley was all for blacklisting. Maybe it reduced the competition for his books.

  6. Nonsense, Tony, but thanks for sharing that. :-)