BOOK REVIEW: Celebrating Buckley’s well-lived life

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And William A. Rusher, National Review publisher for 30 years, points out that before Buckley came along, “there was a congeries of ill-assorted half-enemies. He brought them together into a unified movement by pointing out that all had the same enemy - the liberals.”

“Bill Buckley could have been the playboy of the Western world,” Mr. Edwards writes, “but chose instead to be the St. Paul of the modern American conservative movement. His vision of ordered liberty shaped and molded and guided American conservatism from its infancy to its maturity, from a cramped suite of offices on Manhattan’s East Side to the Oval Office of the White House … a political force that transformed American politics.”

In he end, Mr. Edwards writes, “He was the maker of the American conservative movement - a master fusionist.”

John R. Coyne Jr., a former White House speechwriter, is co-author of “Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement” (Wiley, 2007)

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