An extraordinary and sweeping memoir of one of the most revered families in American Conservatism.
The conservative revival, from the late 1950′s through the end of the Reagan administration, shaped the way our country is governed, and how we live our lives. And in many ways it was influenced by one family — The Buckleys
Now for the first time, here is their story. Written by Reid Buckley, son of patriarch William F. Buckley, An American Family: The Buckleys vividly paints a portrait of an America we all long for: one of self-reliance, hard work, belief in God, and respect for all.
This book is substantially about the world my grandfather created for his children and other descendents. He was by any measure remarkable, and though I knew a great deal about him before picking up Reid’s book, I didn’t know the half of it.”
— Christopher Buckley
This book lambasts both the left wing and the right wing conservative movements in the United States. The conservative movement is pictured as being behind the times and politically irrelevant, as well as arrogant and smug.
The last chapter is devoted to the final days of William F. Buckley, Jr. and his disillusionment with the conservative movement he started.
“USA Today is the word of a great-souled patriot, one possessed of Twain’s gift for story telling, and of Tocqueville’s powers of observation concerning things American. Buckley’s bittersweet tour de force argues – persuasively, passionately – that America has lost her moral compass. A marvelous read nonetheless.”
– Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law, Notre Dame
“USA Today is the lament of a truly wise patriot with a broken heart. No American who loves his country will read it without sharing the author’s profound sadness at our national failings. Reid Buckley is an ‘other Isaiah’ crying out to the people for repentance and reform. If we heed this call, surely the God who has for more than two centuries so richly blessed this land will not turn His face away from us.”
– Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
“Throughout USA Today, Buckley drives his readers along a lexiconic highway of thought-provoking tales gleaned only through a classical education. Darker images are drawn from personal life experiences. Referring to the recent spate of high school shootings and child molestations, Buckley points to a new ‘bloodless species of human being, Frankenstein’s monsters of our own society’s creation.’”
– W. Thomas Smith, Jr., Freelance Journalist
Teaching Reid Buckley’s techniques for winning arguments and getting your point across. Now out of print but still available through the Buckley School.
Principles of advanced public speaking, including Reid Buckley’s special techniques for organizing the mind more quickly and efficiently. Available exclusively through the Buckley School.
Available on tape
Learn to organize your thoughts and speak eloquently by analyzing some of the great speeches of all time.
Strictly Speaking: Reid Buckley’s Indispensable Handbook on Public Speaking
“No book on speaking does a better job on what to do immediately prior to a speech and the first minute of a speech.”
“I have yet to find any book on speaking that gives such sound insightful advice for the high level or top management speaker.”
– An Amazon Reviewer Las Vegas
“This is by far the best book I’ve come across on the subject of Public Speaking. The best thing is that it’s full of practical exercises and specific recommendations to help you improve as a public speaker. Great for both the novice and the experienced speaker.”
– An Amazon Reviewer South Carolina
“The six chapters on mechanics are just great, you can hardly find so much practical advice in other public speaking books.”
– An Amazon Reviewer Hong Kong
Tales from the Arabian Nights andThe Caliph Turned Stork. For children-or anyone who enjoys being read a good tale, Reid Buckley has recorded these stories on two tapes.
Reid Buckley is also the author of two novels, Eye of the Hurricane and Servants and Their Masters.