First, a word of caution to anyone interested in reading this book. The actual coverage of the Buckley - Baldwin debate itself is a very small fraction of the book's contents. Rather, the book consists of a lengthy but fascinating traversal of the civil rights era through the lens of Buckley and Baldwin and their respective worldviews. This is followed by the shorter section covering the debate, which is then followed by a lengthy section describing the milieu in the years following the debate - again, through the lens of Buckley and Baldwin.
I found the entire thing fascinating, with the sharp contrasts in intellectual outlook between Buckley and Baldwin forming fertile ground for insight after insight. If you are worried that the author takes a particular "side," I would say that he is more sympathetic toward Baldwin, but not excessively so. I find the balance acceptable.
In short, this is one of my favorite reads in 2019. Strongly recommended.
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