In "The Reagan I Knew", the late William F. Buckley Jr. offers a reminiscence of thirty years of friendship with the man who brought the American conservative movement out of the political wilderness and into the White House. Ronald Reagan and Buckley were political allies and close friends throughout Reagan's political career. They went on vacations together and shared inside jokes. When Reagan was elected president, Buckley wrote him to say that Reagan should not offer him any position in the new administration; Reagan wrote back saying he had hoped to appoint Buckley U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (then under Soviet occupation). For the rest of his term, Reagan called Buckley "Mr. Ambassador." On the day the Soviets withdrew, he wrote Buckley to congratulate him for singlehandedly driving out the Red Army "without ever leaving Kabul." Yet for all the words that have been written about him, Ronald Reagan remains an enigma. His former speechwriter Peggy Noonan called him "paradox all the way down," and even his son Ron Reagan despaired of ever truly knowing him. But Reagan was not an enigma to William F. Buckley Jr. They understood and taught each other for decades, and together they changed history. This book presents an American political giant as seen by another giant, who knew him perhaps better than anyone else. It is the most revealing portrait of Ronald Reagan the world is likely to have.
From the celebrated conservative comes a rich and complex novel about one of the most conspicuous political figures in American history--Senator Joe McCarthy.
A collection of 100 pieces which include political commentary, an essay about the public's reaction to Buckley's autobiographical book "Overdrive" and a eulogy for Buckley's mother.
Queen Elizabeth has just settled onto the throne of England, and the CIA is baffled at the breaks in security that are taking place. Worst of all, the leaks have been traced directly to the queen's chambers. Blackford Oakes is called upon to penetrate the Royal Circle, win the Queen's confidence, and plug the leak.
President Kennedy, who has selected Oakes to meet with Che Guevara inside Castro's Cuba, has contrived a daring plan--dubbed Operation Alligator--that will hopefully bring about an era of détente in East-West relations. The communists, however, have another agenda: a double-cross that has terrifying consequences. Soon Oakes is trapped in Cuba, and the heat is on. Warming the climate greatly is the sultry beauty Catalina. The weather forecast: betrayal, power politics, and sudden death.
James Jesus Angleton was an enigma, a secretive man whose power was at its peak during the height of the Cold War. Founder of U.S. counter-intelligence, hunter of moles and foes of America, his name has become synonymous with skulduggery and subterfuge. Angleton pursued his enemies, real and imagined, with a cool, calculating intelligence. Eventually convinced that there was a turncoat within the highest reaches of the U.S. government, Angleton turned all of his considerable skills to finding and exposing him. The result was a near-victory for U.S. Intelligence and total defeat for himself. A brilliant re-creation of a world that included Soviet defectors, the infamous traitors Burgess, MacLean, and Philby, and American Presidents from Truman to Carter, "Spytime" traces the making--and unmaking--of a man without a peer and, at the end, a man without a country to serve.
On assignment to restore a 13th-century German chapel, Blackford Oakes learns that its owner is far more than a charming aristocrat. The charismatic Wintergrin is rousing his countrymen to reunite Germany. Now, Oakes must either pull the fatal switch on his friend, or find a way to change the rules. From the bestselling author of "Tucker's Last Stand".
A carefree pair of young lovers rendezvous in a deserted railroad car of eerie origin, and through them Bruderschaft leader Henri Tod discovers the awesome secret. Blackford Oakes travels to the White House to meet with the young President, who has communed with de Gaulle and Macmillan and other world leaders, about whom he soliloquizes. Will the U.S. stand up to Khrushchev or not? Henri Tod, age thirty-three, has a master plan. Once again, writing about High Noon in the Cold War, Buckley has created characters he cares about, as you will, in a novel of style and substance, wit and tragedy, seriousness and surprise.
The year is 1964. Faced with a tough presidential campaign and a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson dispatches super agent Blackford Oakes on a mission to Southeast Asia. With him goes Tucker Montana, a character as colorful as his background is shady. They have two goals: Tucker to plot interdiction on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Oakes to oversee a secret operation in the Tonkin Gulf -- an operation that will give Johnson the excuse he needs for a greater U.S. military role in Vietnam.
A stinging critique not only of the principles of Liberalism -- or, perhaps better, the "no-principles" of Liberalism -- but of the behavior of some of Liberalism's principal architects.
A Blackford Oaks novel takes the reader inside the Kremlin. What is Reagan's reaction when apprised of a plot to assassinate a tyrant, and how is Oakes brought into the novel?
Oakes heads an assignment to capture a pair of Russian scientists who can put the U.S. ahead in the race for space, unaware that KGB's Bolgin is on his trail.
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