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Buckley and Mailer

Nonfiction: Biography, History, Social Sciences
Unabridged   11.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/01/2015

Buckley and Mailer

The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622317578


A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the incredibly contentious and surprisingly close friendship of its two most colorful characters.

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Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr., were towering figures who argued publicly about every major issue of the 1960s: the counterculture, Vietnam, feminism, civil rights, the Cold War. Behind the scenes, the two were close friends and trusted confidantes who lived surprisingly parallel lives. In Buckley and Mailer, historian Kevin M. Schultz delves into their personal archives to tell the rich story of their friendship, arguments, and the tumultuous decade they did so much to shape. From their Playboy-sponsored debate before the Patterson-Liston heavyweight fight in 1962 to their campaigns for mayor of New York City to their confrontations at Truman Capotes Black-and-White Ball, over the March on the Pentagon, and at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Schultz delivers a fresh chronicle of the 60s and its long aftermath as well as an entertaining work of narrative history that explores these extraordinary figures contrasting visions of America and the future.


One might think that Bill Buckley and Norman Mailer were not at all alike, but Kevin M. Schultz, in his very entertaining book, reminds us to think again. In fact, despite their complicated political differences, these two American originals liked each other, tried to understand each other, and discovered that that they had much in common: a passion for engagement, for literate expression, and perhaps above all the pleasure they took in playing their outsize selves. Jeffrey Frank, bestselling author of Ike and Dick Kevin M. Schultz has written a sexy, funny, and deliriously good book about two unlikeliest of friends. It will not only change the way that you see Buckley and Mailer, which would be accomplishment enough. Itll also change the way you understand the Sixties. David Sehat, author of The Jefferson Rule Riveting. In this superbly written account of two of the most fascinating and important 20th-century American intellectuals, Kevin M. Schultz not only brings the spirits of William Buckley and Norman Mailer back to life, he endows us with a subtle yet profound analytical framework for understanding the massive social changes set off during the Sixties. Anyone who wants to understand contemporary American political culture needs to read this book. Andrew Hartman, author of A War for the Soul of America

Author Bio

Kevin M. Schultz was born in Los Angeles in 1975 and, after living in Nashville, Utah, Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco, and Charlottesville, now teaches American history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has special interests in religion, ethnoracial history, and American intellectual and cultural life, and mostly he likes how ideas move around in the world, getting used and abused in all sorts of unpredictable ways. He has written for both popular and academic audiences, including once having had an article appear immediately before that of the Pope. He next book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the 1960s, comes out from W.W. Norton & Co. in June 2015.