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.

William F. Buckley is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer of the post-war era. Alvin S. Felzenberg tells the inside story of William F. Buckley Jr.’s relations – intimate, supportive, adversarial – with American presidents over forty years.

Alvin S. Felzenberg served in several senior policy posts at the state and national levels and is a recognized expert on American politics, the American presidency, Congress, and political movements. He served in two presidential administrations, as an adviser to the Departments of State and Defense; and was principal spokesman for the 9-11 Commission. From 2010 through 2016, he directed communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. In 2006, Dr. Felzenberg was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Since 2007, Dr. Felzenberg has taught communications the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a lecturer in communications and political science at Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities. He holds a PhD. in Politics from Princeton University. Felzenberg is the author of the recently publishes, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr. (Yale University Press, 2017). His other books include: The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game (Basic Books, 2008), Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission (Rutgers University Press, 2006), Keys to a Successful Presidency (Heritage Foundation 2000), and other works. He is a former columnist for US News and World Report. Felzenberg has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “Hard Ball” with Chris Matthews, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” a public affairs broadcast, and multiple others. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, and National Review.


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