Magazines: Spokesman for Conservatism

"This magazine," said William F.

Buckley Jr. in his prospectus for the first issue of the National Review, "will forthrightly oppose the prevailing trend of public opinion; its purpose, indeed, is to change the nation's intellectual and political climate." Only five years out of Yale, Buckley had already made a national name for himself with his first book, God and Man at Yale, which accused his Alma Mater of preaching liberalism and secularism to the exclusion of almost everything else. And in that fall of 1955, the articulate young conservative found the political...

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