William F. Buckley, Jr.: "Reflections on Current Contentions"
Webb University Center - North Cafeteria
President's Lecture Series
William F. Buckley, Jr. (born Nov. 24, 1925, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Feb. 27, 2008, Stamford, Conn.), versatile American editor, author, and conservative gadfly who became an important intellectual influence in conservative politics.
Buckley founded the conservative journal National Review in 1955, and as editor in chief he used the journal as a forum for conservative views and ideas. His column of political commentary, “On the Right,” was syndicated in 1962 and appeared regularly in more than 200 newspapers. From 1966 to 1999 Buckley served as host of Firing Line, a weekly television interview program dealing with politics and public affairs.
A contributor to many magazines, Buckley wrote a number of books, among them God and Man at Yale (1951), Up from Liberalism (1959), and Rumbles Left and Right (1963). He coauthored McCarthy and His Enemies (1954), and in the late 1970s he turned his hand to writing spy novels; among them were Saving the Queen (1976), Marco Polo, If You Can (1982), A Very Private Plot (1994), and the final entry in the series, Last Call for Blackford Oakes (2005).
Buckley, William F. Jr., "William F. Buckley, Jr.: "Reflections on Current Contentions"" (1997). President's Lecture Series. 20.