Press: All the President's Magazines

At 25, the National Review is the leading conservative voice

When William F. Buckley Jr. threw a splashy black-tie party for 650 of his friends at New York City's Plaza Hotel last week to mark the 25th anniversary of his conservative biweekly National Review, the event was marred by one disappointing absence: the guest of honor, President-elect Ronald Reagan, who was in Southern California trying to pick a Cabinet. "Reagan had no memory of the dinner," explained Buckley. "He was absolutely crestfallen."

Still, Buckley and his magazine have plenty to celebrate. As perhaps the...