String of Pearls

On the News Beat in New York and Paris

Priscilla L. Buckley; With an Afterword by William F. Buckley Jr.

Thomas Dunne Books

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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.

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(((PART ONE)))NEW YORK1944-1948

I OPENED THE DOOR and walked into a scene of controlled chaos. The United Press newsroom on the twelfth floor of the Daily News Building in New York was at the time the largest newsroom in the world: several hundred men at hundreds of battered typewriters arranged in great Us—a U for each department—and dozens of teletype machines ringing and clattering day and night, erupting with news from all over the world. The editor sat at the outside of the U, the assistant editor faced him across the desk in what was called “the slot,” and the

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"Order a croissant and brush up on your French history--you're in for a treat with the most agreeable tour guide in the world!"--Mona Charen, nationally syndicated columnist and a former White House speechwriter

"The title is perfect, for many personalities and many anecdotes about life in Paris are funny, luminous, and often poignant."--Jeffrey Hart, senior editor at National Review and author of When the Going Was Good and Acts of Recovery

"Priscilla Buckley recounts with wit and charm and shrewdness the years when she was in the thick of it at United press. the book is such a welcome invitation into her life, one can only hope for a sequel filling in the years between (was she really a spy?)."--David Brudnoy, WBZ radio host, Boston

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Priscilla L. Buckley; With an Afterword by William F. Buckley Jr.

Priscilla Buckley was managing editor National Review for 27 years, and retired last year as senior editor. She lives in Sharon, Connecticut and continues to write.

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String of Pearls
On the News Beat in New York and Paris
Priscilla L. Buckley; With an Afterword by William F. Buckley Jr.

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2001
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ISBN: 9781429971409
ISBN10: 1429971401
183 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312272173
ISBN10: 0312272170
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 183 pages, 22 line drawings throughout
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