Distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation and adjunct professor of politics at Catholic University, Lee Edwards, who knew Bill Buckley for more than forty years, delivers a much-needed intellectual biography of the man that has been called “arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century.”
In this concise and compelling book, Edwards reveals how Buckley did more than any other person to build the conservative movement. Once derided as a set of “irritable mental gestures,” conservatism became, under Buckley’s guidance, a political and intellectual force that transformed America.
As conservatives debate the ideas that should drive their movement, William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement reminds us of the principles that animated Buckley, as well as the thinkers who inspired him. Edwards also illuminates the profound influence of Buckley’s close-knit family and his unwavering Catholic faith.
This book tells the incredible story of a man who could have been a playboy, sailing his yacht and skiing in Switzerland, but who chose to be the St. Paul of the conservative movement, carrying the message far and wide. Lee Edwards shows how and why it happened—and the remarkable results.