"A well-informed biography." – EDITORS' CHOICE, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"This thoughtful blend of biography and intellectual history harks back to a time when conservatism was dominated by proud and profound intellectualism. …[D]espite disagreements with much of his subject's political philosophy, Bogus vividly encapsulates how radically Buckley "changed America's political realities... a feat so great that it is almost impossible to overstate." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"How liberals should write about conservatives." - NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
“Bogus capably mixes admiration with critique.” – THE NEW REPUBLIC
"This lively study is a welcome contribution to the scholarship of the American Right." – THE UNIVERSITY BOOKMAN
"It is an excellent and admirable book, highly readable." - Tyler Cowen, MARGINAL REVOLUTON
“Disagreeing but rarely disagreeable.” – KIRKUS
"Carl T. Bogus has given us a very fine biography of William F. Buckley Jr., the founder and central figure of the American conservative movement." — Jeffrey Hart, Professor of English Emeritus, Dartmouth College; former senior editor, National Review; author, The Making of the Conservative Mind; National Review and its Times.
"I found this book to be well-written, well-informed, and fair minded. Carl Bogus is very solid on the various forms of conservatism in the 50s and 60s and Buckley’s role in defining his version. He also includes terrific, lengthy passages on Vietnam, civil rights, Reagan, Mayor Lindsay, Ayn Rand, and Russell Kirk." — James Patterson, Brown University, Bancroft Prize-winning author of Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974.
Carl Bogus has given us a terrific new book on William F. Buckley that is neither hagiography nor ideological axe-grinding. Buckley is a serious and thoughtful discussion of the nature of modern American conservatism and Buckley’s role in shaping it. Liberals and conservatives will both gain immensely from this readable and entertaining work of scholarship." — Vincent J. Cannato, University of Massachusetts-Boston, author of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York.