November 29, 2017

William F. Buckley Jr. Subject of Discussion

Alvin Felzenberg and Charles Stile will be discussing Felzenberg’s new book, The Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William Buckley Jr. (Yale University Press) at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. 

Felzenberg considers Buckley’s role as a back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendship with both Ronald and Nancy Reagan, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War.

The New York Times calls it “a gracefully written and richly informative book.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, The Man and His Presidents is “Deeply researched and smoothly written … a superb political biography … [a] fresh account of a much-chronicled figure.”

Alvin S. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t). He lives in Washington, D.C.

Charles Stile is the political columnist at The Record of Bergen County. His work has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of the Silurians.