Today, Encounter Books publishes Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus, which I edited together with Linda Bridges, Bill’s long-time assistant at National Review. I hope you’ll pick up a copy. Buckley’s anti-statist message is a necessary beacon in these dark times, as is his nimble, supremely civilized manner of dispatching his opponents and celebrating his friends and avocations. The book also boasts a splendid preface by George F. Will and a marvelous cover that goes a long way towards capturing Bill Buckley’s contagious delight.
The folks at Powerline (speaking of things necessary, nimble, and supremely civilized) graciously asked me to say a few words about the book on the occasion of its publication. I was delighted to do so and direct readers to my column there: Power Line – Athwart History: A word from Roger Kimball.