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The Reagan I Knew By William F. Buckley, Jr.

Tuesday January 2009


Rich Lowry Editor, National Review
L. Brent Bozell, III Founder & President, Media Research Center
Richard Brookhiser Senior Editor, National Review; Author, George Washington on Leadership

Without William F. Buckley Jr. and Ronald Reagan, the political landscape of the late 20th century would have been dramatically different. In his final book, The Reagan I Knew, the late Bill Buckley offers a fascinating portrait of the fortieth president. Through private letters, recorded exchanges, and personal reminiscences, Buckley traces his extraordinary 30-year friendship with Reagan from their first meeting in January of 1961—when Reagan was still a Democrat—to October 1990, revealing the former president through the eyes of someone he considered a mentor.

The Manhattan Institute was delighted to host a forum with three of the country’s most respected political analysts, each a former colleague of William F. Buckley, to help celebrate the lives of two of the most influential figures of the conservative movement.