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The Reagan I Knew

The Reagan I Knew

October 2009
Trade Paperback · 312 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $20.00 CAN · £10.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465018024
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Description

No two people were more important to American conservatism in the postwar era than William F. Buckley Jr. and Ronald Reagan. Buckley's writings provided the intellectual underpinnings, while Reagan brought the conservative movement into the White House.

They met in 1961 when Reagan introduced a speech by Buckley. When nobody could turn on the microphone, Reagan climbed out a window, walked along a ledge to the locked control room, broke in, and flipped the correct switch. Buckley later described this moment as ?a nifty allegory of Reagan's approach to foreign policy: the calm appraisal of a situation, the willingness to take risks, and then the decisive moment leading to lights and sound.?

For over thirty years, the two men shared jokes and vacations, advised each other on politics, and counseled each other's children. The Reagan I Knew traces the evolution of an extraordinary friendship between two American political giants.

About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925?2008) was one of the intellectual leaders of the right for more than fifty years. The founder and editor-in-chief of National Review and host of Firing Line, he was also the author of over fifty works of fiction and nonfiction. His syndicated column, ?On the Right,? began in 1962 and appeared in newspapers around the country for decades. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H.W. Bush in 1991.