by William F. Buckley Jr. Random House; 344 pages; $25

William F. Buckley Jr. does more with his 24-hour day than most of us. He edits the conservative National Review, writes a syndicated column, lectures widely, composes spy novels and stars as a TV Torquemada on his inquisitorial talk show Firing Line. When he is not administering polysyllabic lashings to liberals, slack thinkers and casual grammarians, Buckley may be found afloat. His relish for blue water and white sails is persuasively advertised in Airborne (1976), Atlantic High (1982) and now Racing Through Paradise, books that, among other things, make work and play look like a distinction without a difference.

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