Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

by Kevin M. Schultz


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A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters.

Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr., were towering personalities who argued publicly and vociferously about every major issue of the 1960s: the counterculture, Vietnam, feminism, civil rights, the Cold War. Behind the scenes, the two were friends and trusted confidantes. In Buckley and Mailer, historian Kevin M. Schultz delivers a fresh and enlightening chronicle of that tumultuous decade through the rich story of what Mailer called their "difficult friendship." From their public debate before the Floyd Patterson–Sonny Liston heavyweight fight and their confrontation at Truman Capote’s Black-and-White Ball, to their involvement in cultural milestones like the antiwar rally in Berkeley and the March on the Pentagon, Buckley and Mailer explores these extraordinary figures’ contrasting visions of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353020
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kevin M. Schultz holds a PhD in history from Berkeley and teaches twentieth-century American history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Debating the Future (1962 - 63)

1 The Nature of Man 11

2 Placid Seas 33

3 American Golem 56

Part II Impregnating the Host (1964-65)

4 The Fires 75

5 American Dreams 99

6 The Most Hated Man in America 116

7 Catching All the Falling Bodies 138

Part III Birthing Pangs (1966 - 68)

8 Fly in the Ointment 159

9 A Searing Love of Country 187

10 The Assassination of Politics 211

11 Halfway to Burke 225

Part IV The New Order (1968 - 76]

12 One Last Try 255

13 Jokers 286

14 Moving On 307

Epilogue 320

Acknowledgments 333

Notes 335

Credits 363

Index 367

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