John R. Coyne, Jr.
John R. Coyne Jr. a former White House speech-writer, is co-author with Linda Bridges of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement (Wiley).

From the earliest days, writes Dr. Alvin S Felzenberg, a noted presidential historian and principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission, “William F. Buckley Jr. presumed to tell heads of state what to do.”

Depending on whether you accept his mother’s or father’s version, when Bill Buckley was either six or seven, he wrote King George V of England, demanding the United Kingdom immediately repay the debt owed to the United States after World War I.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton By Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (Crown, 448 pages, $26) Groundhog day, all over again, and we’re already off and running. Out in front of the pack for 2016, just as in…

Margaret Thatcher: Power and PersonalityBy Jonathan Aitken(Bloomsbury, 764 pages, $35) In his splendid Nixon: A Life (1993), the book many credit with setting in motion the serious reevaluation of Richard Nixon and his presidency, Jonathan Aitken writes in a note:…

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