New Rochelle and New York: Arlington House, 1970. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Near-fine blue boards are slightly dusty, bright and unfaded dust jacket with minor creasing to spine ends, two small chips to base of front panel, faint stains to both panels. Very good indeed. Item #152
'IT IS ALWAYS USEFUL, WHEN DOING WHAT ONE WANTS TO DO, TO DISCOVER A CONSTITUTIONAL IMPERATIVE"
First edition of this alphabetical compendium of the wit and wisdom of William F. Buckley, Jr. Buckley founded The National Review in 1955 and went on to author, "On the Right," a widely syndicated newspaper column, and host "Firing Line," a weekly television show. The title, with its sly reference to the "Quotations of Chairman Mao," illustrates Buckley's combative pleasure at using these platforms to puncture the liberal/left orthodoxies of the day. With David Franke's Compiler's Note. Franke was an early member of the conservative movement, holding editorial positions with The National Review, Arlington House, and the Conservative Book Club. He selected these 880 quotes from Buckley's books, editorials, speeches, and columns. An excellent introduction to the thought of a founding father of American conservatism.