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by William F. Buckley,Priscilla L. Buckley

  • ISBN: 0312272170
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: William F. Buckley,Priscilla L. Buckley
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 16, 2001)
  • Pages: 183
  • ePub book: 1312 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
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There she is, in her proper wool suit, her cashmere sweater, and in her string of pearls, notebook at the ready, United Press Radio News Department's fledgling employee. The war in Europe was winding to its close.

String of Pearls: On the News Beat in New York and Paris. by William F. Buckley, Jr. and Priscilla L. Buckley. There she is, in her proper wool suit, her cashmere sweater, and in her string of pearls, notebook at the ready, United Press Radio News Department's fledgling employee.

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Priscilla Buckley is probably known for her long and admired tenure as managing editor of the conservative political journal National Review, founded in the 1950s by her brother William F. Buckley Jr. But in String of Pearls we meet a different Priscilla--young Pitts Buckley, just out of Smith, eager for the next step up from the college paper to "real" journalism. There she is, in her proper wool suit, her cashmere sweater, and in her string of pearls, notebook at the ready, United Press Radio News Department's fledgling employee.The war in Europe was winding to its close. For Buckley, the atmosphere in UP's New York offices was a heady one; the journalists worked furiously but had time to play practical jokes, stage mock battles on the newsroom floor, and treasure the funny stories that haste and tension engender. Young Priscilla fit right in; she made friends, wrote copy for the reporters to read on the air ("Keep the sentences short!"), and joined in the fun and frequent hilarity. It was a demanding, sometimes heartbreaking, and always vibrant period.The author was pleased a few years later to be offered a job at the Paris bureau of United Press. the young writer who has spent some of her girlhood years living in prewar France with her parents and her numerous siblings found a different Paris a war's end: scars of the prolonged occupation were everywhere. It was a poignant time, but for Priscilla and her friends there was laughter and comic misadventures as well, and she shares them, along with varied characters gathered at United Press at the time, with us.Buckley's stay in Paris was cut short by a summons from brother Bill: Would she be interested in working with him on the new magazine he was starting? Thus ended her UP days, and this began a new and glowing journalistic career.String of Pearls, which includes charming illustrations by the author's niece Lee Buckley, and an Afterword by her brother William F. Buckley Jr., is a knowing and delightful look at a turbulent time in a turbulent world.


Kagrel Kagrel
Charming is what Priscilla Buckley is. And her story is one especially endearing to women of a certain age. She did what so many of us didn't have the energy to try. Again told with great humor and a down to earth realism, recommended for anyone who likes good writing and especially women who can use a little inspiration!
Mullador Mullador
Excellent condition, as described, and good service. As a gift-quality book It makes a good gift for my Francophile daughter...and a signed copy no less! Thank you.
Hulis Hulis
This "book" is really the writers diary. It is very well written and interesting. However once you finish it you will not think about it again. Popcorn for the mind but if you like popcorn, buy it.
Gold Crown Gold Crown
This book is very short -- just 178 pages with a large font -- and consists of a series of brief vignettes (rarely two pages long) arranged in chronological order from Buckley's two stints with United Press: one quarter of the book covering her New York stint from 1944 to 1948 and three-quarters covering her Paris stint from 1953 to 1956. In between she worked for the CIA in Washington, DC. I expect this book would be a hit with two kinds of people: those who love Paris and those who loved the news business pre-Watergate. I happen to belong to both camps, and I zoomed through this memoir with great enjoyment. For Paris lovers, spending a few hours with Buckley provides a chance to visit the City of Light, however briefly. For news types there is more substantial fare. She provides a full explanation of how the UP wire worked in those days, what it was like to be one of the first "collitch girls" to land a job with the news service, and the kind of hijinks that were common in the news biz in those days but simply not tolerated today. Back in the day, news people were often rascals of a sort -- bright, talented and irreverent -- and the job was a lot of fun. A bit of that still existed when I joined the business in 1976, but by the time I left in 2005 it was all so earnest and important and deadly dull. Buckley's book was a poignant reminder of what I missed.
Vobei Vobei
"There is an excitement about raw news that is hard to explain, but is palpable . . . ."
During World War II, so many men were in the military that women took over what had been considered "men's" jobs. You've heard of Rosie the Riveter. This book introduces you to "Pitts" Buckley (an older sister of William F. Buckley, Jr. and later managing editor for the National Review for 27 years) in 1944 as she graduates from Smith College, where she edited the newspaper. Her memoir focuses on two stints she did with United Press, the first in New York during 1944-48 and the second in Paris during 1953-56. Like many journalistic memoirs, there's lots here about learning on the job, famous colleagues, interviewing celebrities, and major news events. The permanent value of this light, well-written book is a picture of what it was like to be a female news correspondent for a wire service when that was unusual. Ms. Buckley is a very delightful person, and you will enjoy reading about her experiences. The only drawback of the book is that she fails to connect her anecdotes back to a larger context to make them more meaningful.
Ms. Buckley has a good sense of fun, and you will probably remember her humor best from the book. Here's a flavor of how she introduces the book. In explaining why she chose United Press over a competing offer at twice the wages, she says she "opted for . . . starvation wages, and a wonderful life." "We lived on what would now be called the poverty level, but didn't know it." Her first job was a a "copy boy" and "it wasn't much fun." These were really gofers and she wanted to become a "newspaperman." And she did.
If you understand French, her stories about literal translations of English into French are quite funny.
The book has several running gags. One is about constantly changing apartments and living quarters for not paying the rent. The other is about having her Hillman-Minx breakdown in the busiest intersections in Paris and helping to cause riots.
There are also interesting insights into how news is made. Ms. Buckley was pretty open about meeting new people, even when there was no obvious story. During a tour of the George V hotel in Paris, she spotted an American tattoo on a man working on the pastry in the kitchen. This became a story about how a GI switched careers and countries.
One of the best stories in the book is about the French surrender at Dien Bien Phu in Indochina in 1954. Ms. Buckley and a colleague interpreted a mysterious French dispatch correctly as being a surrender, and beat the Associated Press by 15 minutes to the story. On another occasion, she tells about how a dying composer was miraculously "resuscitated" in a second story after being incorrectly reported as deceased on the wire. There are also wonderful stories of covering obscure sports from correspondents who spoke French quickly when no one was around to help translate.
Her reports about the famous are interesting, too. Once, she was dispatched with 10,000 francs (which wasn't very much) to take Gloria Swanson to lunch, in order to give Ms. Swanson tips on how to improve her column (which was a bomb, and was later canceled). Ms. Swanson only wanted an omelet, so the budget was saved. Ms. Swanson did not follow the advice, but was very friendly and nice. Ms. Buckley also covered Jane Russell trying on Dior dresses (with difficulty), and Premier Pierre-Mendes-France's campaign to have French school children drink milk (one protested).
After you read this memoir, I suggest that you think about where taking on a role that people of your sex normally do not do could provide some fun and change of perspective. Then try it, and see what you think. Men, you could take up embroidering outdoors. Women, you could roto-till the garden for spring planting.
See the potential all around you!
Yar Yar
This little book is a classic "good read". Miss Buckley has an astounding memory for detail (one can only envy) which puts the reader quite into the thick of a busy, no, frenetic news bureau. Such a tightly written book as this leaves the reader little time to wander off as the news of World War II and later, the Cold War, erupt from the offices of the United Press. If you enjoy a look into yesterday through the eyes of someone with keen powers of observation as well as a (dare I say spiritual?) optimistic outlook on life and people everywhere, you will not be disappointed. A very fun book. You'll want to order several as gifts.
Keath Keath
What an amusing book. Priscilla Buckley had a spirit of adventure that propelled her to New York and a reporting career. Later that spirit took her to Paris in the 50s when it was still a magical place. I read this from begining to end in one afternoon because it's such a delight.