CLBR #285: Alvin S. Felzenberg, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

A Man and His Presidents:
The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.
with Alvin S. Felzenberg

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We continue our Miami Book Fair author series by airing our October interview with Alvin S. Felzenberg, author of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.   Felzenberg delves into the history of William J. Buckley, perhaps the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the post-war era. 

Buckley’s primary contribution to politics was a fusion of traditional American political conservatism with laissez-faire economic theory and anti-communism, laying the groundwork for the new American conservatism of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan.  Felzenberg explores little-known aspects of Buckley’s life, from his close friendship with the Reagans and role as a back-channel adviser to policymakers to his break with George W. Bush on the Iraq War.


Alvin S. Felzenberg was the principal spokesman for the 9/11Commission. He served in two presidential administrations, as an adviser to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and on the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. Felzenberg teaches at Yale University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate Program in Political Science.

Click here for a detailed post with background on Buckley and Felzenberg.






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