I love William F Buckley Jr as a human being and as a presence in our public life. There was something about his open spirit that just appealed to me very much. You get the spirit of Buckley in some ways better in his fiction, and he wrote a lot of fiction. Buckley came to public attention first with his book God and Man at Yale, but also with his robust defence of McCarthy in the 1950s. This book is interesting because 45 years later, in novel form, is Buckley kind of coming to terms with his old view of McCarthy. You see his sympathy for McCarthy and his anti-communism, but he also gives you a sense of McCarthy’s flaws.