web site hit counter Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches

Availability: Ready to download

Let Us Talk of Many Things, first published in 2000, brings together Buckley’s finest speeches from throughout his career. Always deliciously provocative, they cover a vast range of topics: the end of the Cold War, manners in politics, the failure of the War on Drugs, the importance of winning the America’s Cup, and much else. Reissued with additional speeches, Let Us Talk Let Us Talk of Many Things, first published in 2000, brings together Buckley’s finest speeches from throughout his career. Always deliciously provocative, they cover a vast range of topics: the end of the Cold War, manners in politics, the failure of the War on Drugs, the importance of winning the America’s Cup, and much else. Reissued with additional speeches, Let Us Talk of Many Things is the ideal gift for any serious conservative.


Compare

Let Us Talk of Many Things, first published in 2000, brings together Buckley’s finest speeches from throughout his career. Always deliciously provocative, they cover a vast range of topics: the end of the Cold War, manners in politics, the failure of the War on Drugs, the importance of winning the America’s Cup, and much else. Reissued with additional speeches, Let Us Talk Let Us Talk of Many Things, first published in 2000, brings together Buckley’s finest speeches from throughout his career. Always deliciously provocative, they cover a vast range of topics: the end of the Cold War, manners in politics, the failure of the War on Drugs, the importance of winning the America’s Cup, and much else. Reissued with additional speeches, Let Us Talk of Many Things is the ideal gift for any serious conservative.

30 review for Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    I was a little too young to remember more than a few vague things of Mr. Buckley, but I have heard his name many times over the years. This book, a collection of his speeches from half a century, is a fascinating look into his politics and the world he lived in. While it necessarily lacks the charming accent he spoke with, his wit and humor are everywhere. The speeches cover a broad spread of political topics. There is much on the Cold War, which lasted most of his adult life, but there are pers I was a little too young to remember more than a few vague things of Mr. Buckley, but I have heard his name many times over the years. This book, a collection of his speeches from half a century, is a fascinating look into his politics and the world he lived in. While it necessarily lacks the charming accent he spoke with, his wit and humor are everywhere. The speeches cover a broad spread of political topics. There is much on the Cold War, which lasted most of his adult life, but there are personal moments of celebration and sorrow as well. For me, it was fascinating to see the words of a driving force behind the Conservative movement over such a long time. I'm not in full agreement on all of Mr. Buckley's views. He was Roman Catholic, whereas I'm Protestant. Later in life he was for the decriminalization of drugs, and while I follow his reasoning I can't agree. Still, I found myself in agreement with him through most of the book, and grinning at least once in every speech. Having finished the book, I find myself somewhat sad that I was too young to watch him on 'Firing Line' or read his columns. I have found very little video of the man, and so I have only his writings to know him. Thankfully, he was a prolific writer, and this particular book is a solid collection of his thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    I frequently don't agree with what Mr Buckley has to say but you have to admire is eloquence. I frequently don't agree with what Mr Buckley has to say but you have to admire is eloquence.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Todd Hansink

    Who can deny that William F. Buckley was the most eloquent conservative voice of the 20th century? Buckley's primary concern was to win the Cold War. Who did more for that cause than Buckley? No Buckley, no Reagan. Buckley was always at the heart of the conservative movement within the Republican Party, (which Party, by the way, has become less cohesive since the end of the Cold War). While he sometimes identified himself as a Conservative or a Libertarian, he was a Republican for expediency and Who can deny that William F. Buckley was the most eloquent conservative voice of the 20th century? Buckley's primary concern was to win the Cold War. Who did more for that cause than Buckley? No Buckley, no Reagan. Buckley was always at the heart of the conservative movement within the Republican Party, (which Party, by the way, has become less cohesive since the end of the Cold War). While he sometimes identified himself as a Conservative or a Libertarian, he was a Republican for expediency and was a staunch supporter of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. This book is a collection of essays and speeches given over five decades. Buckley has a unique and charming command of the English language that even his political opponents are unable to dislike. I wish his style of debating civilly and with substance existed on television today. Unlike most people with strong opinions, Buckley was often close personal friends with his adversaries which evinces an attractive ability to balance his enjoyment of people with his battle for ideas. Now that these essays are dated and removed from the political emotions of their day, the logic of his arguments can be studied more objectively. In my opinion, William F. Buckley's logic still holds up surprisingly well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    I find myself using the word "lapidary" more frequently now. I find myself using the word "lapidary" more frequently now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sean Southard

    A wonderful book, a tour through history and through the conservative movement from its architect, William F. Buckley. A theme rings out from each speech: uncompromising moral clarity. He draws morals distinctions between countries, during the Cold War, and between ideologies and philosophies he faced his entire life. However, his views did not stop him from befriending those holding the opposite perspective. A central figure in his life was the liberal commentator and professor John Kenneth Galb A wonderful book, a tour through history and through the conservative movement from its architect, William F. Buckley. A theme rings out from each speech: uncompromising moral clarity. He draws morals distinctions between countries, during the Cold War, and between ideologies and philosophies he faced his entire life. However, his views did not stop him from befriending those holding the opposite perspective. A central figure in his life was the liberal commentator and professor John Kenneth Galbraith. Their families vacationed, sailed, and spent hours of time together where they talked about fine music, the beauty of the Catholic Church, and much more. Finally, near the end of his life, he delivered a very interesting speech for the need for the “de-politicalization” of American life. He emphasized that as part of the goal of National Review, to reflect on new books, movies, and our culture, not from a political agenda, but from a cultural one. While NR has continued to uphold that tradition, I’m afraid our culture has gotten more, not less, political. Overall, a great book. Highly recommend. Favorite quote: “The vision of our thought leaders is not of an America of unchanging basic attributes, the kind of America that we dreamed about one hundred eighty years ago when words like ‘inalienable’ and ‘immutable’ and ‘indefeasible’ were so freely used. Their dream is a shifting dream. Our dream is of an America whose essential characteristics must never change, however violently time and tide pound upon our shores.” - WFB

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Bill Buckley was hugely prolific, authoring more than 50 books, a syndicated column, and founding the influential periodical National Review. He was also known for his dexterity with language and razor-sharp wit and speaking ability. This book collects almost 100 speeches given at political gatherings, celebrations, graduations, university events, etc., organized by decade. Most are just a few pages long, given the rules for speechmaking. All are well-written, persuasive, and usually contain tho Bill Buckley was hugely prolific, authoring more than 50 books, a syndicated column, and founding the influential periodical National Review. He was also known for his dexterity with language and razor-sharp wit and speaking ability. This book collects almost 100 speeches given at political gatherings, celebrations, graduations, university events, etc., organized by decade. Most are just a few pages long, given the rules for speechmaking. All are well-written, persuasive, and usually contain thought-provoking analogies, quotes, or references to history or literature. They illustrate from many angles the philosophy of this great apologist for democracy, liberty, and the United States.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Cyril

    One has to wonder what people found so admirable about Buckley. I don't deny his important hand in creating the Republican party of Reagan, Bush and Trump, but I can't imagine how this con-man, employing a sesquipedalian vocabulary and a ridiculous trans-continental drawl, convinced people that he wasn't anything above a first-rate ignoramus. One has to wonder what people found so admirable about Buckley. I don't deny his important hand in creating the Republican party of Reagan, Bush and Trump, but I can't imagine how this con-man, employing a sesquipedalian vocabulary and a ridiculous trans-continental drawl, convinced people that he wasn't anything above a first-rate ignoramus.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cristopher

    Some real gems here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave Wright

    The real "Great One". Love Mr. Buckley The real "Great One". Love Mr. Buckley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Joosten

    It is gobsmacking to think in October of 2016 that the conservative side of politics in the United States once boasted erudition and eloquence--but that is what William F. Buckley Jr. was and it was on full display in this collection of speeches. (It is also a bit odd to think that the Republican Party once boasted conservatives...)

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    This is a spirited thought provoking compendium of some of Buckley’s greatest speeches. Beginning with an address in the early 50’s delivered at Yale University and concluding with an American Heritage Foundation audience in 1999, but definitely not his oeuvre. His indited columns would fill 45 volumes, he wrote over 50 books, founded a magazine, hosted “Firing Line” for 33 years and his papers donated to Yale weigh seventeen tons. Nevertheless, this book revels us with a humbling entrance into This is a spirited thought provoking compendium of some of Buckley’s greatest speeches. Beginning with an address in the early 50’s delivered at Yale University and concluding with an American Heritage Foundation audience in 1999, but definitely not his oeuvre. His indited columns would fill 45 volumes, he wrote over 50 books, founded a magazine, hosted “Firing Line” for 33 years and his papers donated to Yale weigh seventeen tons. Nevertheless, this book revels us with a humbling entrance into his imposing dialectical conservative mind. Too smart to bluster, too cool to blow hot air, he was generous to all; even greatly admired and respected by his foes on the other side of the political spectrum. According to Rich Lowry, Editor of “National Review,” “Buckley did not distinguish between political persuasions in his friendships...he never believed that political views defined the essential person...and he had a deep belief in the preciousness of individuals.” I regret that I did not read this book sooner and although it took me a long time to finish and was sometimes difficult to assimilate, was thoroughly enjoyable. Rereading is a must or perhaps concentrating on certain issues and topics covered which appeal to me most. Buckley was one of my college idols, an incalculable inspiration, and while I did not agree with all his stated positions, I maintained a fierce and loyal admiration over the many following years. He was eloquent, intelligent, confident, engaging, dry, cuttingly witty, warm and so much more – everything I aspired to be but wasn’t. I give it 10 Stars!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    James Cooper

    I loved this book!! I really wanted to write an update per speech but realized that I would fall to far behind in my updates. I read each one thoroughly taking notes, laughing, and at other times getting angry. W.F.B. is a great man with a very good insight into what things are all about. I'm looking forward to getting one of his books next week that I haven't read before. When you read his stories/when he talks about sailing you can almost see a smile on his face. I'm not a huge fan of his poli I loved this book!! I really wanted to write an update per speech but realized that I would fall to far behind in my updates. I read each one thoroughly taking notes, laughing, and at other times getting angry. W.F.B. is a great man with a very good insight into what things are all about. I'm looking forward to getting one of his books next week that I haven't read before. When you read his stories/when he talks about sailing you can almost see a smile on his face. I'm not a huge fan of his politics, but if I were living during his time, I might have be persuaded because he never stopped doing, learning, working, speaking his mind.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brent Barnard

    So far this is my favorite book by Buckley. It's a collection of his speeches, so it's concentrated doses of all he is about -- defending what I'll call Conservative values on a really profound level. It was so good I've checked out a lot of other books by him, which so far haven't been that great... So far this is my favorite book by Buckley. It's a collection of his speeches, so it's concentrated doses of all he is about -- defending what I'll call Conservative values on a really profound level. It was so good I've checked out a lot of other books by him, which so far haven't been that great...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Buckley's use of the English language almost makes one giddy in the reading. A number of excellent examples. Buckley's use of the English language almost makes one giddy in the reading. A number of excellent examples.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    An excellent introduction to one of the great men of postwar America.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fritz

    I'd give five starts for content. Some of the speeches are great. Many contain real gems. Others not as much. Glad I read them, though. Buckley's was a keen mind. I'd give five starts for content. Some of the speeches are great. Many contain real gems. Others not as much. Glad I read them, though. Buckley's was a keen mind.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Sims

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Roland

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam Burnham

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Ellis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  23. 5 out of 5

    Craig Shelton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Kemp

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shane Mcgrath

  27. 4 out of 5

    Webb

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Armen Chakmakjian

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.