Foreword to The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Henry A. Kissinger, in William F. Buckley, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Wiley, John & Sons, 2004. Posted to, October 5, 2009.


Bill Buckley was one of the most remarkable men of our time. Over fifty years ago, barely out of college, he rejected conventional wisdom and founded a magazine, National Review, dedicated to standing athwart the prevalent intellectual currents. It seemed an improbable undertaking at a time when the intellectual ramparts were close to being monopolized by the dominant liberal philosophy. Three decades later, it was his adversaries who were in retreat. Conservatives controlled Congress and elected presidents. As these lines are being written, the tide has reversed once more. But Bill Buckley’s legacy endures: in the journal he created, the disciples he inspired, the values he affirmed.