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“Linda - I am about two-thirds of the way through ‘Strictly Right’and I think it’s wonderful! It’s the best account of NR, and of Bill’s connection with it, that has ever been written - and it has long been needed. My congratulations to you and John Coyne.”

The writer was Bill Rusher, who had taught me how to open and close doors. And what he said about our book on Bill Buckley might well be said of David Frisk’s fine book on him - the best that has been written, and long needed.

• 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).