The Buckley School was founded by Reid Buckley, who first made his mark as a public speaker with his debating championships at Yale. During the 1960s and 1970s, he toured the United States, taking on columnist Max Lerner in clashes that have been compared to the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Reid liked to tell students he’d been “in the trenches” of public speaking. Many of the lessons he learned on the podium form the basis of the school’s teaching today: an insistence on strong ideas expressed clearly, a selfless devotion to engaging the audience, a preference for having fun whenever possible, and a delight in wit and humor.
Reid published many works, including several novels and these books on speaking: