On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures

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Random House, Apr 1, 1989 - Performing Arts - 533 pages
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Writing out of the unique experience of 23 years of the "Firing Line" television series, Bill Buckley, in his inimitable style, and his astonishing guests relive and explore many of the main issues of this quarter of the 20th century in excerpts and commentary. A provocative book full of discussion, fireworks and laughter!

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This book, highlights from the 23-year-old Firing Line TV series, will be a joy for anyone who delights in the raised eyebrows and eruditely crafted salvos at guests who dare to be less doctrinaire ... Read full review



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Editor and writer William F. Buckley, Jr. was born in New York City on November 24, 1925. While at Yale University, he studied political science, history and economics and graduated with honors. In 1955, he founded the weekly journal National Review where he was editor in chief. He began his syndicated newspaper column in 1962 and his weekly television discussion program, Firing Line was syndicated in 1966. Buckley wrote "God and Man at Yale" (1951) which was an indictment of liberal education in the United States, "Up from Liberalism" (1959), "The Unmaking of a Mayor" (1966), which tells of his unsuccessful mayoral campaign as the Conservative Party candidate for New York City in 1965, and "Quotations from Chairman Bill" (1970). Buckley also wrote best selling stories of international intrigue whose titles include "Saving the Queen" (1976), "Stained Glass" (1978), "Who's on First" (1980), "Marco Polo, If You Can" (1981), and "See You Later, Alligator" (1985). He died on February 27, 2008.

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