More Praise for "Buckley"

"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

"The best book on Buckley." - Bradley J. Birzer, Hillsdale College, author of Russell Kirk: American Conservative.

"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.


Professor Bogus' Antitrust Project

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> Here is a link to a half-hour discussion between Ralph Nader and Carl T. Bogus, broadcast on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, regarding Professor Bogus' new article, "The New Road to Serfdom: The Curse of Bigness and the Failure of Antitrust."

> Here is a link to a short opinion piece by Professor Bogus for The Harvard Law Record titled "What Every Harvard Law Student Should Know About Antitrust."

> Here is a link to an article by Professor Bogus titled "Trust-Busting: Labor's Forgotten Cause" in New Labor Forum.

About the Author


Carl T. Bogus is Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Roger Williams University.



There are structural problems in the U.S. economy that benefit the richest one-tenth of one percent and work to the detriment of the middle class. Professor Bogus believes that one of these problems is corporate giantism fueled by mergers and acquisitions. Very big companies are merging or gobbling up smaller firms at alarming rates. In a major new article, Professor Bogus argues for a radical change in antitrust law to confront this issue, and why antitrust needs to become a subject of wide public debate, as it was during the Progressive Era. This article is accessible to readers not conversant with antitrust law. To access it, click on its title and citation below:

The New Road to Serfdom: The Curse of Bigness and the Failure of Antitrust, 49 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 1 (2015)


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Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism (starred review).

"The erudite and entertaining provocateur William F. Buckley was a founding father of modern conservatism. Bogus (law, Roger Williams Univ.; Why Lawsuits Are Good for America) hasn’t written a straight biography but circles his subject as he tells the story of the conservative movement’s origins. Despite the handicaps of being both a lawyer and an academic, Bogus is a first-rate writer. He clearly and fairly explains the competing philosophies of different conservative sects—Burkean conservatism, libertarianism, Ayn Rand’s objectivism. His penned portraits of Whittaker Chambers, William F. Buckley Sr., Russell Kirk, and others are sharp and revealing. He has a deep conversance with the material, yet he wears his knowledge lightly....VERDICT: This is an insightful book that will please anyone interested in midcentury American history and politics. Anyone serious about political philosophy will learn from it. Highly recommended."


"Remarkably perceptive.…Bogus rises to the occasion, crafting a formative biography and history that is not only interesting and relevant, but an essential study of Buckley and the post-World War II conservative movement.…This is an important book. Anyone, of any political stripe, interested in learning more about the rise of conservatism as a movement in the mid-20th century needs to read Carl T. Bogus' Buckley."

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