A celebrated journalist and historian chronicles his tempestuous relationship with the complex conservative icon?and the movement he created
Richard Brookhiser wrote his first cover story for the renowned conservative magazine National Review in 1969 when he was fourteen, and became the magazine's youngest senior editor at age twenty-three. William F. Buckley Jr. was Brookhiser's mentor, hero, and admirer; within a year of Brookhiser's arrival at the magazine, Buckley tapped him as his successor as editor-in-chief But almost as dramatically and without warning, the relationship veered - one day, Brookhiser returned to his desk to find a letter from Buckley unceremoniously informing him, "You will no longer be my successor."Brookhiser remained friends and colleagues with Buckley despite the breach, and in Right Time, Right Place he tells the story of that tumultuous friendship with affection and clarity. At the same time, he gives a sparkling eyewitness account of the conservative intellectual. and political ferment that Buckley nurtured and led - as well as an overview of forty years of American history. It is a story propelled by Buckley's vitality, the movement's battles, and Brookhiser's own passage from youth to maturity.Witty and poignant, Right Time, Right Place tells the story of a young man and a political movement coming of age - and of the man who inspired them both.