A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century

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William F. Buckley, Jr. remembers—as only he could—the towering figures of the twentieth century in a brilliant and emotionally powerful collection, compiled by acclaimed Fox News correspondent James Rosen.


In a half century on the national stage, William F. Buckley, Jr. achieved unique stature as a writer, a celebrity, and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He kept company with the best and brightest, the sultry and powerful. Ronald Reagan pronounced WFB “perhaps the most influential journalist and intellectual in our era,” and his jet-setting life was a who’s who of high society, fame, and fortune.

Among all his distinctions, which include founding the conservative magazine National Review and hosting the long-running talk show Firing Line, Buckley was also a master of that most elusive art form: the eulogy. He drew on his unrivaled gifts to mourn, celebrate, or seek mercy for the men and women who touched his life and the nation.

Now, for the first time, WFB’s sweeping judgments of the great figures of his time—presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and scoundrels, intellectuals and guitar gods—are collected in one place. A Torch Kept Lit presents more than fifty of Buckley’s best eulogies, drawing on his personal memories and private correspondences and using a novelist’s touch to conjure his subjects as he knew them. We are reintroduced, through Buckley’s eyes, to the likes of Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley and John Lennon, Truman Capote and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Curated by Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, a Buckley protégé and frequent contributor to National Review, this volumes sheds light on a tumultuous period in American history—from World War II to Watergate, the “death” of God to the Grateful Dead—as told in the inimitable voice of one of our most elegant literary stylists.William F. Buckley, Jr. is back—just when we need him most.
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As chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, James Rosen has covered the White House and State Department beats and reported from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, nearly all fifty states, and forty foreign countries across five continents. Rosen’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, National Review, and Playboy, among many other periodicals. He is the author of The Strong Man: John Mitchelland the Secrets of Watergate and Cheney One on One.

National Review is a semimonthly magazine founded by author William F. Buckley, JR. in 1955 and is based in New York City. It is America’s most widely read and influential magazine and website for conservative news, commentary, and opinion.
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Publisher
Crown Forum
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Published on
Oct 4, 2016
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781101906224
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
History / Social History
History / United States / 20th Century
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This unforgettable work paints a wonderful and indelible picture of an extraordinary man and his extraordinary life.
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“A guide for Americans who want to stay free in a country where pressures against individual freedom are coming from every direction.”—Charleston Nines & Courier

“He is at top form...clear and penetrating...A slashing attack against the thinking of today’s pseudo-liberals.”—Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

“The most exciting book of the Fall.”—New York Mirror

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