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Windfall: End of an Affair

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1990 was a significant year for Buckley. He not only embarked on a sailing trip that forms the main subject of this book, but on several other major passages: the 40th anniversary of his marriage and his graduation from Yale, and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the National Review. 111 photographs, 27 in color. Line drawings.
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Published September 24th 1994 by Random House Value Publishing
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Suzanne
Jul 01, 2008 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, biography, sailing
This is the last of Buckley's sailing books and takes place in the mid-nineties. Buckley had turned 65 and had retired as the head of National Review. He and his son Christopher, along with a few friends, chartered a boat to recreate Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic. As in his previous sailing books, this is full of humor, absurdity, spirituality and politics. Regardless of your political point of view, all of Buckley's sailing books are thoroughly entertaining reading...and of course, perf ...more
Carol
Apr 16, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up for $1 at a community book sale in Palm Springs. I thought the book was going to be totally about a Bill Buckley's transoceanic crossing from Lisbon to Madeira and back to San Salvadore Island. I did get that interspersed with Buckley personal, political, spiritual, and social life. Of course, I remember Buckley very much a political figure as well as the intellectual he was plus his spiritual zeal. I may not have picked up the book had I known what it really was, but I mus ...more
Edward Renehan
Nov 12, 2013 Edward Renehan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, beautiful, elegiac. The end of the affair indeed.
Dan Kok
May 07, 2015 Dan Kok rated it it was amazing
Some people seem to get every ounce out of every minute. Buckley is one of those people.
Conrad Heibel
Dec 31, 2008 Conrad Heibel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people know Buckley for his political books and spy novels, but most don't know how wonderful his sailing books are. Windfall is the last in his series of sailing books -- they're not really about sailing, but reflections on the journey (and The Journey). Witty, wry and very personal. What a great writer.
Michele
Jan 12, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing
This book helped me understand my inexplicably Republican relatives as they are aging and becoming different from the way I remember them as a child. It will be OK. We're all going to sail into the sunset someday. As long as we've taken our time to get close to others, or to contribute, we're going to be fine.
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Feb 01, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book ...pure poetry
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William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style was famed for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.

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