Books: From Unbeginning to Unend

THE UNMAKING OF A MAYOR by William F. Buckley Jr. 341 pages. Viking. $6.95.

The unmaking had its unbeginning when elegantly eloquent Conservative William F. Buckley Jr. got to thinking seriously about one of his "semi-jocular" newspaper columns, in which he had "vouchsafed a paradigmatic platform, theoretically useful in any large-size American city." From there, it was no more than a few thousand syllables into the 1965 New York mayoralty campaign as the Conservative Party contestant against Republican-Liberal John V. Lindsay and Democrat Abraham Beame.

"There never was," writes Buckley, "a less deliberated, less connived at, less complicated entry into any political race."...

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