Reid Buckley

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Fergus Reid Buckley (July 14, 1930 – April 14, 2014) was an American writer, speaker, and educator. Among his books is a history of his family, An American Family—The Buckleys (2008),[1] which primarily focuses on his father, his son, named like him Reid Buckley William Frank Buckley, Sr. Reid's brother, William F. Buckley, Jr., is the best known member of the family. He graduated from Yale University in 1952, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He was born in Paris, France, where his father worked in the oil industry.[2] Buckley's older brother was former New York Conservative United States Senator James L. Buckley, and his nephews were writer Christopher Buckley, and Media Research Center founder L. Brent Bozell III.

Reid Buckley was the founder of The Buckley School of Public Speaking. He died of cancer at a hospice in Columbia, South Carolina in April 2014.[3]


  • Sex, Power and Pericles: Principles of Advanced Public Speaking. Peor Es Nada Press, 1997.
  • Strictly Speaking: Reid Buckley’s Indispensable Handbook on Public Speaking. McGraw-Hill, 1999.
  • An American Family: The Buckleys. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
  • Speaking in Public: Buckley's Techniques for Winning Arguments and Getting Your Point Across. HarperCollins, 2010.


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  1. ^ 2008, An American Family – The Buckleys, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, New York, 459 p.
  2. ^ "Fergus Reid Buckley." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 2 May. 2011.France
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