William F. Buckley: Christian Encounters Series   -     By: Jeremy Lott
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1595550658
ISBN-13: 9781595550651
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Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008) was a voice to millions, hosting the long-running “Firing Line” TV show, writing more than 50 books, and launching National Review magazine in 1955 to “fix the newly cast conservative cannons on the enemies of collectivism, liberalism, and Communism.”

Jeremy Lott makes a nuanced case for the profound influence of Buckley’s faith—he was a Catholic with Irish-Protestant roots—on his emergence as a modern-day Jonah, warning of “the doom to come if America didn’t change course, quickly.” Buckley viewed the challenges of his era as ultimately religious in nature. Like the other members of his colorful family, he believed that God, family, and country—in that order—“demanded our unswerving loyalty.”

Lott traces the thread of faith that ran through Buckley’s public life, from his call for a return to orthodoxy at Yale University to his doomed but entertaining run for mayor of New York, from his jaw-dropping verbal joust with Gore Vidal to his surprisingly fresh final thoughts on the end of the Cold War.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Lott has been published in nearly 100 magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Post, and National Review. Stateside, his work has appeared in outlets from Christianity Today to Seattle's alternative weekly the Stranger. Internationally, the Lott byline has appeared in publications in Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. A contributing editor to Books & Culture, Lott's work has sparked debate from commentators of every stripe. Conservative Charles Colson has featured his articles in his BreakPoint radio commentaries and bestselling liberal author Chris Mooney called his piece on book burning and free speech the "best counter-intuitive argument ever." Lott is the author of the equally counter-intuitive book, In Defense of Hypocrisy: Picking Sides in the War on Virtue.

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  1. Chris
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great, accessible Christian biography
    February 11, 2011
    Chris
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    This review focuses on William F. Buckley who was a powerful influence in the realm of politics and media. He was on various TV programs and debates and either wrote or contributed to over 50 books. One of the major positive aspects of this book is the interaction with the personal life of Buckley. This book does cover his wider influence but even contains portions of his letters to and from family members. The author, Jeremy Lott, also interacted well with primary texts including many of Buckley’s books (the final chapter of the book is a well-written annotated bibliography for further study).
    If there is a short coming in the book, it the positive political slant taken by the author. At times it was difficult to separate the author’s conclusions from those of Buckley. Otherwise the book was well-written and informative without dragging the reader down in minutiae and historical baggage. Readers may be surprised to find that this is not an overtly Christian biography. The author chose to combine a focus on Buckley’s influence in the culture which was formed by his religious beliefs. Those who are interested in the American political tradition, broader conservatism, or the so-called Reagan revival will greatly enjoy this brief introduction to the life and thought of William F. Buckley.

  2. Artsy Abbi
    Minnesota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great info but an easy to put down book
    December 10, 2010
    Artsy Abbi
    Minnesota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2

    William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott is a book with a lot of great information and seemingly very well researched but I had hoped it would be a little easier reading.

    Being a conservative political activist I was already familiar with Bill Buckley but I learned a lot from this book. I would however have enjoyed learning it in a little less dry manner.

    I recieved this book free from Booksneeze for purposes of reviewing.

  3. Loreen12
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Conservatively Speaking...a good book
    October 3, 2010
    Loreen12
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Often referred to as the ”Patron Saint of the Conservatives”, William Buckley dedicated his life to exposing modern liberalism as a threat to politics, economics, religion and in general, the American way of life. In his book, Jeremy Lott attempts to show the reader how William Buckley turned liberalism into a term of derision, and more importantly, why. The author starts with the usual bio “trip down memory lane” and although I did find that it helped me understand William Buckley’s roots, and the roots of the movement he created, I often felt a sense of being out of touch with where the author was trying to take me. I was interested in the subject of conservatism, but perhaps my lack of political background knowledge inhibited my ability to grasp the story as a whole. I enjoyed Mr. Lott’s witty remarks and his obvious enthusiasm for Buckley’s masterful combination of debate and theatrics when challenging an opponent. The many references to well-known political events and persons maintained my interest, but I often felt like an outsider who didn’t get most of the jokes.
    I found the style of writing reminiscent of a textbook, and although it wasn’t an easy read for me, I came away with a better understanding of William Buckley and the important role he played in shaping the conservative conscience of America.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of modern American politics and the roots of the conservative movement in America.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  4. Dan Williams
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 16, 2010
    Dan Williams

    There are people in history that have a larger impact than most people can see or comprehend. William F. Buckley was one of those people. His impact on the conservative movement across America was huge. It is really amazing that a figure that might not be familiar to the average American has influenced the public arena in which they live so much. Buckley's life as presented by Lott is compelling and revealing. This work in very enlightening and encouraging. One man can make a difference and going with the flow is not always the best direction. Anyone who is interested in history and especially the conservative movement of the last fifty years would enjoy this work. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.

  5. Adoption Mama
    Tampa, Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2010
    Adoption Mama
    Tampa, Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female

    I am not an avid reader on political issues, nor on politicians, themselves.I was born in the early '70's, so I had never heard of William F. Buckley.Since both of the above statements are true, I decided I would read a small biography to educate myself on a figure from that time period and venue.William F. Buckley, written by Jeremy Lott, is a great, yet brief history on the life of this man, who claimed to have faith in God, and spoke strongly about things that he deeply believed in, whether spiritually or politically. After reading a small bit each day, it is a decided fact that I still don't enjoy reading about politics. Although, as a book, it is very well written, I am disappointed in how shallow Buckley's faith was. I do not consider Catholicism, true faith in Christ's atoning work.He seemed the "typical" politician. Suave, well-spoken, and yet brash at the same time. He did stand strong on certain views, but also wavered on others.Jeremy Lott did well to include the complete span of Buckley's life; from birth to death. Though I was not particularly interested in this man's life, I did learn many things; the most interesting being his work at Yale. He attempted to keep "faith" (I use that term loosely) part of the curriculum at Yale.A good read for someone interested in the political realm as well as history of conservatism. I didn't consider it a "Christian" biography.

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